FAITH CHURCH STORIES OF GOSPEL IMPACT and Celebration!

From Bill Ackerman and the Youth Department:


Weekend retreats are among the most exciting things we do in the Youth Ministry.  They provide an opportunity to get the kids away from all the distractions and concerns of their local environment and allow them to focus on their relationship with God in a special way.  This past fall we took our senior high and middle school kids up into the Poudre Valley to the beautiful Sky Ranch Camp.  There, surrounded by the high peaks of the Mummy Range, we explored and explained the Gifts of the Spirit. The staff had the kids seek to discover which of the gifts God had given to them.  Each prayed and asked God directly to reveal His particular gifts for him, and asked his friends and leaders what they saw in him. It was amazing to watch how many of the youth did actually hear from God and discern from others that they were specially equipped with giftings for the building up of the Body of Christ.  From service gifts to the miraculous, they were all on display and put into use blessing one another.  God also blessed us by pouring His Holy Spirit out on our times of worship such that most everyone felt His loving presence and went home refocused upon following and serving Christ. Not every retreat is as life-changing as this one was, but we praise God for all the ways He reveals Himself to our kids and touches their lives.