Spiritual Retreat

I know, this is probably the longest I’ve gone without updating you guys…but don’t fret, I’m still alive. Things have gotten really busy down here in the southern hemisphere, and I’m trying to do my best to balance everything. School work, media coordinator stuff, spending time with people, stopping to take a few breaths, and just trying to keep things exciting down here definitely takes time away from things like this blog. This post has been on my mind for a while…so read on.

Last weekend, November 13-14, anyone in our program had the opportunity to go on a spiritual retreat. Buenos Aires is the only Pepperdine international program that offers a spiritual retreat to its students free of charge, so it was an opportunity none of us could really pass up. So basically, 40 of us got dropped off at some campgrounds about an hour and a half out of Buenos Aires, with no adult supervision, to plan and coordinate our own spiritual retreat. To a few of us students got together and basically planned a weekend retreat for ourselves. What ensued was just a ton of fun, bonding, worship, and time with God. Our two days there consisted of…

  • breaking up into teams.
  • making team chants.
  • competing against teams in various fun games.
  • splitting up into different small groups of 3 or 4.
  • having an intimate bonfire.
  • playing TONS of soccer.
  • getting really dirty.
  • taking no showers.
  • eating yummy food.
  • and LOVING GOD.

The pictures below can do the rest of the talking.

...playing soccer with random Argentines at the campgrounds.

...bonding with other teams, and April lovin on my facial hair.

ACTION SHOT in the egg toss. Well done, Wurdeman.

Awkward Orange.

GROUP PICTURE AT THE BONFIRE!

The main message throughout the weekend was based off of Romans 12. If you know any new Christians or want a quick synopsis about what being a Christian is about, read Romans 12. Anyway, we focused a lot on everyone playing their role in the church. Since we are our own church in Buenos Aires, it was important for us all to recognize and trust the gifts God has given us and use them for His Kingdom. I think in general, it was just a great weekend for us all to get out of the city and relax and spend some quality time with one another in the foundation of God. Please continue to pray for our group. The dynamics of the BA group this year are so different from the past; I could feel the Spirit moving uniquely in our group, and there’s a lot of potential for us to grow in our relationships with God through one another. So…please pray for us, that we would find our identities in God and use that for His Kingdom. Gracias.

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About David Chang

8 months in South America.
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