The Fall Retreat = Answered Prayers

Thank you so much for praying! It was SUCH a great weekend! In fact, it was so much fun, I (Whitney) now have a cold (not fun)! Everyone got there and returned safely... the messages were powerful and engaging... and the students made friends!! YAY!

As Epic staff, I always hope for and pray for opportunities for our students to be who God created them to be--whether that's being a good student (and studying hard) or playing strategy-based games or sharing their story. And I'm so grateful to the Lord that this weekend seemed to be that for most of our students! 

Our friend and fellow Epic staff, Jonathan Le, spoke on creation, fall, and redemption and urged us toward a compassionate response to ourselves and other people because that's how God responds to us. And Larry led a seminar with one of our Berkeley students, Steph, about dismantling the shame of mental illness and engaging others with that struggle with kindness and compassion. One of our students shared during a campfire time: "I have a mental illness... and it's nice to know I'm not alone. And if you have a mental illness, you also are not alone." 

I'm so proud of our students who took steps to be vulnerable and care for one another. Hopefully we get to do this again next year! And hopefully the relationships made here will carry on beyond this weekend! 

Thank you so much for praying! And praise the Lord for answering!!