Currently my house looks like this:
But I am totally okay with it, because that means we’ve been living life to the fullest! (Or at least to the messiest!) Joel and I just returned from taking 60 Greek students on our “Fratty Fall Retreat” in Knoxville, TN. What an awesome weekend.
The leaves were absolutely stunning and the students were so friendly, (many were new students wanting to get involved) grateful and encouraging! (We came home to a precious frat guy sitting in his truck writing us a thank-you note for the weekend…presh.)
The Retreat began with the 4-ish hour drive to Pigeon Forge, where we were to stay for the weekend. Mexican food, clearly a must.
I crashed pretty shortly after we got all the students settled in their lodges, Joel however was quite the social butterfly, staying in the hot tub with students till after 2 am.
We cooked a big breakfast early Saturday morning (think 13 dozen eggs and more pancakes and bacon than you can begin to imagine!)
Next, Joel gave a great devotional about the “Rich, Young Ruler” and the barriers that he faced to surrendering his life to Christ.
One of our student leaders who Joel disciples had a very similar testimony to the rich, young ruler. He was courageous enough to share his faith journey with our group.
He’s awesome. I love the passion here…
Students really seemed to respond well to this talk and testimony and were vulnerable and transparent during their small group times which was awesome!
Next up, we headed to Knoxville for tailgating and the game!
We got to tailgate with First Baptist of Columbia, which was such a fun treat.
Corn hole, football, food and freezing weather…doesn’t get frattier than that!
We got awesome first row 45 yard line tickets (for free!!) and had the BEST view.
Okay, so regardless of our amazing seats, it was fuh-reeezing. I may or may not have taken Joel’s jacket, cocooned down and taken a little nap during the game. It was still really fun :)
It was an amazing weekend of seeing students experience Christ and express Him to their sphere of influence…and have a blast in the process. Thank you for praying for our ministry. God is doing amazing things and it would not be possible without the faithful prayer and financial partnership of our supporters!
There has been so much going on in both our ministry and our personal lives. I look forward to sharing more in the coming days!!