This month we were able to have a retreat for two days with the young men and women in our church. After nearly eight years as a church, it was the first time we’ve been able to do something like this. We wanted to give the young people time set apart for us to serve them and to disciple them according to some of the primary and most urgent needs of their generation. The Lord blessed our efforts abundantly.
We taught on three different themes: (1) how to have a lifestyle that is practically immersed in the Great Commission; (2) how to grow in spiritual knowledge of God as opposed to merely natural or systematic knowledge; (3) how to apply the means of grace. In addition to the teaching, we left time in the schedule for fellowship together and the second day we scheduled 15 minutes for prayer at the beginning of every hour, which was a really important part of our time together.
Below are some of the testimonies that were shared by some of these young men and women following the retreat:
“What a joy and what a wonderful time the Lord gave us! He is full of love and mercy. There are no words to explain a God so infinite and holy. I feel privileged and thankful to be His child, and to have been given a family like the one I have in this church.”Francisca
“During the teaching and the singing, I could see the Lord so clearly. I could see the way that He has loved me and the way that He has forgiven me in Christ. It’s interesting, because some of the songs that we sang, I never liked when I was not a Christian—I thought the melody was boring. But now, just singing the lyrics from the heart, I see how they reveal more clearly the beauty of the Lord. The times of prayer that we had each hour were so enjoyable. Leaving the retreat, I find myself desiring the things of this world less, and desiring the Lord more.”Pilar
“The Lord helped me to feel more like the apostle Paul: “More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ” (Phil 3:8).”Constanza
“As I heard God’s word being preached, the Lord continued to show me how vain the things of this world are, and I only wanted to be with Him. The Lord also taught me a lot about how to take more seriously and and make better use of the means of grace that He gave us so that we can know Him. The Lord has given us wonderful pastors to teach us.”Christian
“During one of the sermons, the Lord was showing me not to be afraid to make known the gospel to the people around me. During another sermon, I felt that the Lord had drawn near to us and I didn’t want that moment to end.”Clarisa
We are thankful to be able to care for these young brothers and sisters. We have a lot of work to do in their lives, since almost none of them come from healthy Christian families. But they are hungry to learn more and nearly all of them are active in their involvement in the church and look for opportunities to serve. Please pray for these brothers and sisters.