We only mentioned it in passing last week, but now we can show you photos of the many activities which were part of our 3-Day Staff Retreat for 2015. It was a great time of worship, learning, fun games, team competition, and Christian fellowship!
Each morning began with group worship…learning a new song together. Here Shirley, Grace, and Gawley (wearing blue shirts) were encouraging the group.
“This is a time to celebrate before the Lord your God …” (Deut 16:11)
The house parents started a bit shaky on the new song , but they grew more bold and confident as they sang it each day.
“Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!” (Psalm 98:6)
Here is a group portrait of all the ladies…each small team wore a different color team Tee-Shirt for the event. The puppy, named Snowy, was NOT a team member!
“Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the LORD should be praised.” (Prov 31:30)
The temperatures soared to over a hundred degrees each day, so in the afternoon we had a team water-carrying race. It didn’t take long to get everybody wet!
“On the last and most important day of the festival Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice,” Whoever is thirsty should come to me and drink.” (John 7:37)
Another effort to cool folks off was to provide an “ice-cream” break in the mid afternoon. Here two of our college dorm girls, Pring, and Tiida, sat in the shade with Pahn, our dear friend who helped provide plenty of good food.
“Have the salt of friendship among yourselves, and live in peace with one another.” (Mark 9:50)
Some of the house parents brought their children, and we provided them with activities and fun games too. Here little Grace, from Happy Hearts Dorm, drew a chalk picture of me & Shirley on the concrete…we donated our shoes to complete the “lifelike” portrait!
Please pray for all of the house parents and care givers serving God in our foundation. Their humble dedication can slip by unnoticed—they deserve our respect and appreciation.
“Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward.” (2 John 1:8)
Grace and peace be with you forever in Christ,