Fifteen of our teens participated in the Fall Youth Retreat up at Ponderosa Christian Camp this year. There was a lot of food (and an awesome kitchen staff), great weather (though it was pretty chilly that first night), lots of game-playing (what's with those weird card games?), and some fun (and frustrating!) activities. They definitely built some good relationships. Even the discussion sessions were popular ("This is kind of like school work, only more fun!").
The theme was "Jesus Changes Everything". In one session they discussed how it can be difficult sometimes to talk to others about Jesus and that being a good example without judgement is a great start. During the “New Habits” session they focused not so much on how to avoid bad habits but the good habits they have and how to keep and cultivate good habits. When asked how Jesus changes us one said, "We are loved, worthy, beautiful and not alone." Why do they think we, as Christians, no longer view others from a worldly point of view? "He put His point of view into us." Our kids can be pretty wise.
We're already looking forward to doing it again next year (and bringing a few more blankets)! Thanks to everyone who made it happen!