(Thanks for 2017 Youth Summer Retreat
Matthew 6:34 says, "...do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." This was a timely message because we all worry about life in some way. About a monthbefore the "Living Faith" summer retreat, I was worried. My concern was only afew youthscango to the retreat because everyone seemed to be going to Korea this summer. Two weeks before the retreat our PTO president send out an announcement and most of the moms said their youth couldn't go. Then our EM planning team started to talk to parents and different youth to invite them to the retreat. We continued to invite them anywhere possible from the outdoor picnic to a youth graduation open house. Finally, with everyone's help we were able to gather 16 youth, 4 college students, 8 adult volunteers and 2 pastors to join the retreat. A total of 30 people participated.
God truly was able to redeem the retreat despite the concern of only a few youths coming. Ultimately, God was the one that led them all to come and experience his amazing love. We had a wonderful time in fellowship and worship as Pastor Michael Chung shared the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many people rededicated their lives to Christ and to the church. Two of our youngest youth even confessed they accepted Jesus Christ into their lives. One person was deeply convicted on how difficult it is to serve especially being the new person in the group,but later realized the retreat was far greater than he could have ever expected. Many of our youth witnessed how great our youth group can be when we all come together in prayer, worship, and fellowship.
I am so thankful to God for allowing our adult EM and KMvolunteers to come together and make this the best retreat ever.Luke 10:27 says we are called to, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself."Throughfellowship in eating food together and team-buildinggames we experienced what it means to love our neighbors as ourselves. Also, this summer retreatallowed us to welcomea 6th grader into our youth groupand several people who normally don't attend our church on Sunday's.I am thankful for all the parents who supported us through cooking and loving the youth and our adult English ministry helping lead worship, fellowship,and small group time. At the end of it all, we realized that we are all in this faith journey together as brothers and sisters in Christ. Amen!
2017년 6월 7일부터 9일까지중고등부여름수련회를위하여기도해주시고, 후원해주신모든분들께감사드립니다. 30명의중고등부참가자, 대학부리더, 어른봉사자들이참석하여, 말씀의깨달음과뜨거운기도, 열정적인찬양그리고, 서로가하나되는사랑안에교제의시간을경험하게되었습니다. 처음시작할때는잘될수있을까하는걱정도있었지만, 하나님께서처음부터끝까지인도하시는놀라운임재를경험할수있었습니다. 앞으로도믿음으로성장하고, 성숙해주시며, 섬기는삶으로예수님을닮아가는중고등부가되도록많은기도를바랍니다. 감사합니다!!