Wednesday, November 16, 2011

4th Annual Men's Retreat Nov 4-6 - A report of my attending

By Jim Heinrich

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another"

This is the 3rd year that I have attended. It is inspiring, challenging, enjoyable, fellowship, heart rending and is in the presence of God at work. It is held at the 4 H center just past Columbia and is on the sound front. This year there were 91 men and young men attending. Each year men and young men are invited from Freedom Farm which is located in Boone. They are in rehab from many addictions. I think there were about 45.

We all arrived Friday about 4:00 PM, have welcome and introductions, then all to dinner. The food is excellent. That evening session 1 is titled Pursued by God, then for the rest of the meeting; session 2 is A closer look: what God has done, session 3 Response and relationship; a look at Jesus and Peter and the final session, Empower: The power of God in us. It ends Sunday about 10:00 AM with a church service.

There is a speaker and leader who does the sessions. There is music which is mostly praise throughout the meeting. It is inspiring to be a part of 91 fellow Christians singing loudly and clearly. Throughout the sessions there are break away meetings with a leader and about 6 attending. For 1 and 1/2 hours there is discussion about the sessions, prayers for each other, testimony's when one is called to do so and true friendship.

I strongly encourage any of our men to consider attending next year. It is sponsored by the men's prayer group of the Church of the Redeemer in Camden. If you would like to talk with me about possibly going next year please call.