Fall Discipleship Retreat 2014 was a success. Thank you to all who prayed for the weekend. The students went through the Recovering Redemption series by Matt Chandler. Topics such as justification and sanctification, worldly and godly grief, and fear and anxiety were hit in depth during our sessions. Discussion displayed hearts open to God and to each other. Accountability was encouraged and the sense of togetherness and unity as a body of believers was evident. The final few sessions are to be continued during our Monday night Bible studies.
Friendships were also strengthened through various other activities that infiltrated these few days. Shopping excursions into the heart of Gatlinburg and the surrounding Sevier county involved laughter, the purchase of several pairs of boots, and good girl bonding time. Another popular option during free time was a hike to Baskins Creek Falls. After several attempts to actually find the trail, the group walked, climbed, sang, and prayed through miles of terrain. Sometimes encountering nature with friends is enough to make a day special. No matter what one’s day consisted of, everyone knew to count on a warm home-cooked meal waiting back at the cabin. During the evenings, Murder in the Dark and a few attempted rounds of playing spoons quietly (NOT actually possible) spread the cheer and exhilaration throughout the group.
Thankfully all made it back home safely, with or without the all-important Starbucks stop. Although it lasted for only a few short days, the time spent in the Smoky Mountains was precious. Fall Discipleship Retreat 2015—here we come!