By Joel Fether, City Life
Every fall we take high school students from our four high school clubs on a weekend retreat. This year we 66 students attended, and God did some wonderful things.
was a last minute addition to the trip, and on Sunday morning before we came home he chose to begin a new journey with Christ!
shared that he wanted to join discipleship in order to better his walk with God!
is one of our most mature students and she has been in discipleship for a long time, however she really struggles to relate to and build friendships with other girls. But God really worked in her heart throughout the weekend and we saw her put great effort into building friendships with some of the other girls for the first time!
shared that she realized that God wants her to work on forgiveness and that He wants her to be a leader and move into the girls ministry house after she graduates!
Jason and Darren
both shared that they believe God wants to help them forgive people in their life.
The weekend was not without its challenges. Many of the students we took on this trip have had difficult lives and they act out as a response to the emotional pain they feel. Several students (especially the boys) strongly tested our leaders and there were several difficult moments of conflict. However, even though these moments were a challenge, they provided some of our best opportunities to have honest conversations with the students and show them God’s love. We thank God for giving us strength and wisdom in those moments and for using them for His purposes!