Once the details and packing were in place, it was a WONDERFUL weekend. Around 100 students from South West MN State, MSU, South Central College, and Bethany Lutheran gathered and grew in their walks with Jesus and in their relationships with each other. I loved watching students stay up late to play games, study the Bible together, sing worship songs.... I love seeing the deepened community now that we're back in Mankato and the excitement at our weekly Cru meeting on Tuesday of students who are reveling in the afterglow of a weekend close to God.
Tyler, a girl in my Bible study tweeted something along the lines of, 'Don't be sad that fall retreat is over, live like its fall retreat.' I love that. Another girl, Lisa, told me that she'd never experienced God working in her life the way He did over the retreat.
I had some good time to reflect on God's goodness this weekend as I drove between the retreat and the wedding I was in. My friend who got married, Erin, was one of my teammates in Brazil. Though our friendship didn't start out easily in Brazil, she's been a ridiculous blessing my life over the past seven years. It was such a joy to stand with her as she said her wedding vows and married a great guy. Thinking on our friendship led me to reflect on the years I've been working with Cru and the different people and experiences God has blessed me with - and His provision. I'm so grateful.
I'm guessing most people who read this blog have had a part in being those people, being part of those experiences, and contributing to God's provision. THANK YOU! Thanks for letting me be a little sentimental there ;)
Here is a picture from fall retreat...
|Students from the Mankato area who were at Fall Retreat.|