In today’s busy world it is hard to find true peace and calm. As Christians we know that only Christ can provide peace and calm in the storm of life. For our guests the storm of life, as well as their pasts can create confusion and be very unsettling. David, a Discipleship counselor , share the experience of taking some of the men to Camp of the Good Shepherd to find some peace and calm.
“Men’s Ministry provided a Men’s Retreat at the Camp of the Good Shepherd. For some of our men, this was the 1st time they have been so far out of the city, that they were surrounded by farm fields, and plenty of peace and quiet. Speaking of quiet, for our Saturday devotion, following the devotion, we directed all of the men to turn off all techno devices, not to talk to anyone, and spent about an hour with the Lord one-on-one. At lunchtime, we opened up the floor for testimonies, as to how the Lord spoke to and/or touched the men personally. The testimonies that were heard, ranged from men just wanting to tell us how excited they were for all us to bond closer together as brothers in Christ, to saying that for the very 1st time they experienced TRUE peace, calm, and the beauty of natural noises, including hearing the wind in the trees. Another brother, said that he felt the Lord gave him the word “EASY”, then went on to say, that he understood that to mean that the Lord wanted him to “take it easy”, slow down, relax, trust more, and, by faith, expect the Lord to, in His time, provide all the right answers to questions about the future. Another man shared how blessed that he was with the brotherhood he had experienced at camp. He then broke down into tears as he announced to us all that he was going to be baptized. He then made a quick exit out of the kitchen door. As he did, 6 or 7 of the students got up, followed him out, comforted and encouraged him, and then they all came back into the dining hall with smiles and laughter. It was great to see them band together for a brother, who was overcome with emotion due to having a great personal, spiritual experience at camp. All in all, I would say that the Retreat was a resounding Victory, and it scores as a special memory for all who attended!”