There is absolutely nothing better than Christian fellowship! This past weekend our Bible & Life Class met for a retreat at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. It was a barrel of fun! Now, if you have never been on a retreat with other Christians, well, it's an experience. Christians love to eat, let's just get that fact out of the way. There are three meals a day prepared by fellow class members and others on assigned schedules prepare tables for the meals and others clean up afterwards. So the kitchen/eating part is taken care of.
Then there are nightly games. Hilarious gaming that has many of us in tears due to off the wall answers and antics, but the greatest part of our retreat is having a speaker that loves the Lord share his/her heart as lead by the Lord. It's a different atmosphere in the mountains with no schedules or clocks; a prayerful time of drawing closer to God and our Christian brothers and sisters.
This year our speaker is our newest addition to our ministry staff at Peters Creek Baptist Church, Josh Kerr. Josh filled our cups with encouragement and a mission to investigate our calling in Christ. His lovely wife, Natalia, a native of the Dominican Republic, also gave us a look into how she grew up, her background and how God has merged this lovely couple together in ministry. Of course, having their five month old son, Santiago, for all of us to enjoy was a bonus!
Drawing apart in a time of retreat is a great opportunity to grow closer as a community of believers, examine where you are personally in your walk with the Lord and be encouraged. Isn't that exactly what God would have us do?