01 Nov


Brandon Westgate – Gillette, Wyoming … Several personnel from the Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) made their way to Gillette, Wyoming, October 18, to lay eyes on the place where the Pathfinder International Camporee will take place August 5-11, 2024.

Mic and Jana Thurber, RMC president and RMC Women’s and Prayer Ministry coordinator, respectively, along with Jade Teal, RMC Youth assistant director, and Eli Gonzalez, RMC Club Ministries executive coordinator, rode in one vehicle. Doug and Susan Inglish, RMC vice president for administration and RMC Treasury accountant, respectively, with Brandon Westgate, RMC Youth director, and Mickey Mallory, RMC Ministerial director, rode in the other. Brent Learned, RMC Youth assistant director, drove from Casper, Wyoming, to meet with everyone at the Gillette Seventh-day Adventist Church where they were greeted with open arms and a nice supper that the members had prepared.

The purpose of the trip was twofold. One was to walk the area where the Mid-America Union Conference (MAUC) Pathfinders will be camping during Camporee and to explore the city of Gillette to see what it has to offer. The other, and perhaps more important reason for the visit, was to meet with and pray with the members of the Gillette Seventh-day Adventist Church to encourage them and offer support to them as they prepare to engage in a special way with their community.

Can you imagine what it would be like for your small congregation in a town of 32,000 people to have a spotlight shone on you as the population of your town is increased by 55,000 Seventh-day Adventist Pathfinders? It is quite a challenging position the local church finds itself in.

I am pleased to report that this congregation is eager to do what they can to make a great impression before, during, and after Camporee. They do not have many young people in their church but local community people are interested in their young people being involved in Pathfinders so they can be a part of the Camporee.

Mic Thurber commented, “It was great to see the big dreams that will come to fruition with the camporee in Gillette. What a joy to have more than 50,000 Adventist young people together right here in our territory! Lives will be changed, and heaven’s census increased because of it. I am looking forward to seeing how God will bless our work in this town because of the blessing of having this event in our backyard!”

To which Doug Inglish added, “I was really impressed with the facilities and with the welcoming spirit from a few people we met in the community who are looking forward to the Camporee. And the church was really willing to take advantage of this opportunity to get involved. I can’t wait to see how God blesses them for their faithfulness.”

The city of Gillette is fully equipped to host an event of this magnitude. Their recreation center, ball fields, and basic infrastructure are top notch. Truly this is a great location for Camporee!

Since our visit, the local church in Gillette has already started a Pathfinder club! They are excited for the opportunity to minister to the young people and their families in their community. They will be investigating and praying for other ways to minister to the inquisitive folks in Gillette and extend to them a hand of fellowship. This church is on the move!

When asked what his impression was of the camp site area known as Cam-plex, Mickey Mallory said, “To be able to see the location of the Camporee caused me to dream of what it is going to look like next summer. In my mind, I could see over 55,000 Pathfinders worshiping Jesus on those grounds. And some of them even surrendering their lives to Jesus in baptism. Wow! What an amazing experience it will be! The words God spoke to Moses came to mind: take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground (Exod. 3:5).”

—Brandon Westgate is the RMC youth department director. Photos supplied.

31 Oct


Will Reed – Greeley, Colorado … The Greeley Seventh-day Adventist Church held its first-ever “Come Back to Church Day,” October 14. 

Designed as a way to bring back former members who had not attended in a long time and to invite people who had never been to church before, the special Sabbath service and fellowship meal drew more than 100 total church members, past and present, and visitors. This was around a 20% increase in attendance compared to the average weekly attendance of the Greeley church. 

On this particular Sabbath service, there were four believers baptized as well as one person accepted through profession of faith, welcoming these individuals into membership at church while welcoming back others into the church community again.

The idea originated with Michael Shannon, pastor of the Greeley church, while visiting a church member who was in the hospital several months ago. A couple of family members approached him and explained that they knew him from the church’s livestream, but they had never met in person because they had not been back to church since COVID pandemic. Pastor Shannon explained that this is a common attitude that he wanted to change: “After COVID, it just seems easier to stay home and watch the service on TV,” he said. 

This interaction with the absent church members was one of the catalysts for Pastor Shannon to create and promote “Come Back to Church Day” at Greeley Church. Church members were encouraged to reach out to members that had not attended church in a long time to invite them to this special Sabbath. Some church members also invited people who had never been to church at Greeley before. 

Pastor Shannon commented, “Several people came to church who hadn’t been to church for a while said that ‘it felt really good to be back in church.’” He is hopeful that the church can come up with new ways to reach out to the extended church family and community and bring them in. “We’re just happy that the people did come back and, hopefully, they’ll stay back in church,” he continued. 

—Will Reed is principal and sixth through eighth grades teacher at Greeley Adventist Christian School. Photos by Jim Johnson.

31 Oct

Union College Tournament: Where Friendship Meets Competition

Gwen Loney – Lincoln, Nebraska …  Mile High Academy (MHA) student athletes took off for the Union College Volleyball and Soccer Tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska, October 19-20.

The MHA girls volleyball team won all three of their games on the first day of the tournament. The MHA boys soccer team had a harder start to the tournament and lost both of their games. On the second day, both teams lost their games, but the boys soccer team ended their tournament on a high, beating Hinsdale Academy 2-1 on Saturday night.

The Union College Tournament is not just a time for competition, but it is also a time for students to meet other athletes from across the country. At the tournament, student athletes build long-lasting friendships and are given the opportunity to experience college life. While there, they toured the campus, lived the life of a college student, ate meals at the cafeteria, and stayed in the dorms.

The tournament also provided time to reconnect with peers. After service on Sabbath morning, participants headed to Holmes Lake, where they ate lunch, played on the playground, and were joined by alumni from around the Lincoln area who came to reconnect with MHA.

MHA athletic director Michael Camacho commented, “My favorite part of tournament is being able to spend time with our kids outside of school. Getting to see them excel in an area that they put a lot of time into over the season is very special to me as their coach. Watching them compete and make friends with our sister schools is the best part of my job by far.”

—Gwen Loney is a senior student at Mile High Academy. Photos supplied.

26 Oct


Hugo Guillén – Denver, Colorado … The Hispanic youth ministry organization, Federation of Adventist Youth (FEJA), held the Hispanic Youth Congress at Mile High Academy, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, October 13-15. Over 250 attendees gathered to worship, listen to the Word, and look to the future to better fulfill the work set out before us.

At a conference level, Hispanic churches are assisted by FEJA. This organization kept youth activities ongoing through the pandemic and, immediately after, began planning activities to strengthen the spiritual life of our youth.

The COVID-19 pandemic created a mold that shaped every aspect of our lives, including how we go about our church activities. And even though it seems like mask requirements and social distancing took place a long time ago, we continue to feel the effects in everything the pandemic altered.

Since we were able to leave the pandemic practices behind, we have realized that what we had already built had, at least in part, been torn down. Church attendance was a fraction of what it was prior to COVID-19, leadership had also taken a hit with some leaders losing their spiritual vitality and not returning to lead their congregations, and our youth were no exception. Besides losing young people, we also lost our “groove” with our church youth activities.

But as the apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians, we were “struck down, but not destroyed.” So, it has been with the Hispanic youth of our conference. Slowly, but surely, after restrictions were lifted, our young people in our Hispanic congregations have begun working to rebuild what past challenges seek to destroy.

Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) Hispanic churches last year immediately began working on reestablishing their Adventist Youth programs on Sabbath afternoons at a local level. The reboot of youth ministries was underway.

This FEJA youth rally titled “Glow In The Dark” was put together with the intention to be a catalyst for strong spiritual lives of our Hispanic youth. Our guest speaker for the weekend was Benjamin Carballo, pastor and director of Hispanic ministries at the Nevada-Utah Conference, who has been involved in youth ministries for more than15 years in his pastoral experience.

His sermons, based on Biblical stories, struck the spiritual chords of many of the young people that were present. Jesus, a young person from one of the Denver area Adventist churches, was quick to respond to the appeal made by Pastor Carballo on Friday evening. He stated that he enjoyed the experience as he took in the messages and interacted with other Adventist youth.

Some of the FEJA leaders shared their thoughts on the event. Abisai Aguilar, Denver Metro Area FEJA president commented, “The weekend turned out very successful! More so than I personally imagined. We had attendance from almost every Hispanic church in Colorado ranging all the way from Montrose to Colorado Springs. I was very happy to be able to see so many people I hadn’t seen in a long time, and I enjoyed the activities during the two days a lot more than I expected.”

Aguilar continued, “FEJA has seen some very good years in the past, but, due to Covid, we have struggled a bit to regain the traction we once had with the youth in years past. But this past FEJA Youth Congress showed me that there is still a lot to look forward to!”

Another staff member of Denver Metro Area FEJA, Daniel Gonzalez, shared, “Being surrounded by so many young people this weekend was amazing. We learned that we NEED to be light in the darkness; it doesn’t matter who we are or where we come from. All of these youth came from different cities, different families, different situations in life, and my wish is that they all went home shining a little bit brighter with the light of Jesus to share with the rest.”

There was a good number of attendees that came to represent the regional mountain areas, cities like Montrose, Olathe, and New Castle. These young adults and youth leaders seek to strengthen their participation at the local and conference level. This is testimony that there is strong youth leadership in our Hispanic churches in the mountain areas. It’s obvious that these cities don’t have the same resources that may be available in the metro area, but that has not hindered their courage and ability to uphold and contribute to the well-being of their churches.

An important decision that was made during this weekend was to bring together the two FEJA organizations that existed during the pandemic period. One FEJA organization oversaw the Denver metro area while the other concentrated its efforts in the Hispanic churches located in the mountain region.

During a mid-afternoon meeting with a healthy representation from a wide range of Hispanic churches, presided by RMC Hispanic Ministries coordinator, Pastor Ruben Rivera, a unanimous vote was taken to approve the fusion of the two FEJA organizations and strengthen future youth activities and events. That same afternoon, a secondary meeting was held to elect the new leaders for FEJA for the next two years.

Pastor Carballo was able to finish his series of messages with a calling to our young people to have the courage to “GLOW” for Jesus in this dark world. Another young person in attendance, who came up during the altar call, said that the sermons by the keynote speaker motivated him to focus on his calling and be loyal to Jesus amid all the worldly distractions. If this sentiment is shared among our young people, a revival will take place in our churches in RMC.

So even though the enemy of souls continues to look for distinct ways to tear down the church of Christ, we are certain that the church will be built up as we continue to set our eyes upon Jesus. Let the young people never forget that “unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”

—Hugo Guillén is the pastoral counselor for the Denver Metro Area FEJA. Photos supplied.

26 Oct


Vashty Segovia Santos – Lincoln, Nebraska … Campion Academy varsity soccer and volleyball teams took two days off school to compete at the annual Fall Tournament at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, October 19-20. A total of 14 Adventist academies participated from as far away as Florida and Michigan.

The winners of the tournament were Andrews Academy in soccer and Forest Lake Academy in volleyball. The Campion teams were disappointed with their results, but shared they still enjoyed the chance to compete. The boys soccer team won one out of four games that they played. The girls were very close in many of their games, but sadly didn’t win any. “Even though our team lost, we still had fun,” Dwayne Rey, Campion Academy volleyball manager, shared. “We didn’t let that affect our experience.”

A member from each team was selected as Most Valuable Player (MVP). Campion Academy students Ariel Patterson and Brayden Marroquin won awards this year.

The students left campus on Wednesday afternoon, and, after a six-hour drive, arrived at Union College very late at night to settle in the residence halls. Brayden Marroquin shared, “It was a long drive, but we had fun singing the whole way there.”

The varsity teams started their days off with having breakfast in the cafeteria. Afterwards, they all gathered for worship in the gym before the games began. Both the volleyball team and soccer team played one to two games a day. They were constantly busy going from one game to another.

Olivia Uphold, student team player, expressed, “It was fun, especially since it was my first time playing with this school. I had a lot of fun hanging out with my teammates over this tournament.”

In total the volleyball team played against four teams: Midland, Georgia-Cumberland Academy, and twice against Collegedale Academy. The soccer team played against Hinsdale Academy, Collegedale Academy, Sunnydale Academy, and Ozark Academy.

When the teams weren’t playing, they were cheering on other teams and hanging out with friends from other schools. Ariel Patterson, student team player, commented, “It was fun to play and watch games, and cheer on the boys. My favorite part was seeing my friends from other schools.”

The students worshiped together with the Union College students on Sabbath and relaxed in the afternoon. The championship games and awards were on Saturday night.

Randy Ottschofski, Campion Academy soccer coach, expressed, “I am sad to have the season end, but am very proud of how the teams handled themselves whether in victory or defeat.”

—Vashty Segovia Santos, Campion Academy Student News Team. Photos supplied.

26 Oct


Jocelyn Aalborg and Karrie Meyers – Highlands Ranch, Colorado … The spirit of community and camaraderie was evident at Mile High Academy’s (MHA) fifth annual Walk-A-Thon, October 6. This much-anticipated event had a special mission: to raise money for the school’s annual fund.

The initial target set for this academic year was $50,000 and was part of a broader goal to raise $250,000. These funds play a crucial role in providing financial assistance to students who might otherwise be unable to attend MHA. This year, 40% of MHA students benefit from this fund, highlighting its importance in making quality education accessible.

With hearts filled with enthusiasm, this year’s Walk-A-Thon not only met its $50,000 goal but soared beyond, raising over $53,000. The incredible success of this event can be attributed to the exceptional dedication of students, the unwavering support of parents, and the outpouring of generosity from the broader community.

One exceptional third-grade student, Madylin, embarked on a heartfelt mission to secure funds for her fellow students to attend MHA. With the help of her family, Madylin created a touching video and shared it with her friends and family. She shared her motivation, saying, “It was important to raise money because I would be sad if I couldn’t go to Mile High [Academy] because my parents didn’t have enough money. I would feel sad about other kids who couldn’t attend MHA either.”

Madylin aimed for an ambitious fundraising target of $5,000, and, though she fell just short of her goal, her unwavering dedication showed the remarkable commitment and generosity prevalent among MHA’s students.

“This event was so much fun, and I’m proud to be a part of it. Helping my friends come to MHA makes me feel happy and grateful,” she said.

This year, the Walk-A-Thon introduced an exciting new element by infusing color into the event, which was a tremendous hit among the participants. The school also implemented fundraising goals on a per-student and per-class basis. Students who raised $500 or more will enjoy an afternoon of indoor skydiving, while those reaching the $1,000 mark will experience a limousine ride to lunch and back. The classroom who raised the most money gets to enjoy a catered Chipotle lunch. Additionally, two all-school goals were met: at $35,000, staff will sport royal blue hair, and at $50,000, they will face being “slimed.”

In terms of laps walked, the students collectively completed an impressive 6,443 laps, showcasing their unwavering commitment to the cause. Despite chilly weather, the day was filled with enthusiasm and spirit as students also had the opportunity to explore various fun activity booths during well-deserved breaks.

Jocelyn Aalborg, MHA’s vice president of finance and development, expressed her immense pride in the event’s success. “Our annual Walk-A-Thon isn’t just about raising funds; it’s about building a tight-knit community that supports one another. Thanks to our wonderful community, dedicated students, and supportive parents, we’ve once again come together to make this event an extraordinary success!”

—Jocelyn Aalborg is the vice president of finance and development, and Karrie Meyers is the marketing and development coordinator at Mile High Academy. Photos supplied.

24 Oct


Eva Resz – Loveland, Colorado … Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado, hosted 45 students from seventh to eleventh grade in the annual Academy Days open house, October 13-15. The visiting students made Campion Academy their home for the weekend, some arriving from as far as Kansas and Nebraska, while others were local to Colorado.

Students met in the gym Friday morning and participated in several lively activities such as a basketball scrimmage, a donut-eating contest, and a wrecking-ball bouncy house.

Jessica Rios, Campion Academy enrollment specialist, planned the event along with the help of the Student Association (SA) leaders. Samuel Walton, SA spiritual vice president explained, “Going into the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised when every single event we planned out for the students went above and beyond my expectations. I’m blessed to be a part of SA; it’s events like this where I can show the love I have for my school.”

To show the visiting students Campion school spirit, and to hype up our varsity teams before heading to Union College tournaments, everyone came together for a pep rally on Friday in the gym. The girls and boys varsity teams ran into the gym, breaking through a banner while the crowd cheered. The rally included several musical performances from the jazz band, an inspirational speech from Campion’s athletic director, Randy Ottschofski, and games hosted by the Student Association.

Rios expressed her favorite part: “[It was] the pep rally because it really brought us all together. I saw our students really take Academy Days kids and include them in those activities. The visitors got to see the camaraderie between students.”

Part of Friday afternoon was also spent touring the campus and competing for academic, athletic, and music scholarship opportunities. Following the tour, the visiting students participated in a mini scramble, a Campion tradition, and an ice cream bar after dinner.

The student body concluded the day with vespers in the chapel and an afterglow where they crowded together singing praise songs in the Hankin’s Hall tower.

An important aspect of Academy Days is the opportunity for visitors to experience dorm life. Sharing their dorm rooms was a great opportunity for current students to connect with Academy Days students. Natalie Bryant, HMS eighth grader, reflected, “My favorite part of Academy Days was hanging out in the dorm. I had a lot of fun getting to know new people.”

Students began their Sabbath with music, an activity, and a worship thought for Sabbath School followed by the main church service. The music department provided all music for the service including performances from the orchestra, choir, and Koinonia.

After church, lunch was served, and the students communed together on center campus playing friendly games of soccer and volleyball. Several students took the opportunity to go on a Sabbath hike off campus as well.

To close the Sabbath, Pastor Ortiz of Campion Adventist Church and Academy, gave a short worship, and the Academy Days students received their scholarships. Victoria Matthews, HMS eighth grader, received first place in the girls basketball scholarship. She commented, “I felt happy and proud when I won. I also really wanted to thank my family and friends for all of their support!”

—Eva Resz, Campion Student News Team. Photos supplied.

24 Oct


Vanessa Alarcón – Colorado Springs, Colorado … Around 150 women from across the Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) gathered in Colorado Springs for the annual Hispanic Women’s Retreat, October 6-8. The theme “From Heart to Heart” was from Andrews University’s International Center for Trauma Education and Care. Ingrid Slikkers, executive director for the center, was the keynote speaker along with two masters-level interns, Yailin Bruzon and Leslie Rodriguez.

Patty Rivera, RMC Hispanic Women’s Ministries director, first met Slikkers at the 2023 North American Division (NAD) Ministries Convention during a presentation the trauma education center gave for Children’s Ministries leaders. Rivera reflected, “I was profoundly impacted by their seminar and the way they integrated neuroscience, education, and ministry. I knew I had to try to have them as our presenters.”

Slikkers shared that story at the opening of the weekend: “When Patty and I spoke about this invitation, I told her I would do everything I could to come here because informing the Latino community about trauma is close to my heart.” Slikkers and the presenting team adapted their existing series of trauma presentations to be culturally informed, an element that the trauma education center focuses on. “We wanted to make sure we shared our personal stories,” continued Slikkers.

The weekend was structured around providing psychoeducation within a faith context. Teenagers that attended the conference had their own breakout sessions with Leslie Rodriguez, who presented the material tailored to their generation. Women shared throughout the weekend their gratitude for having such a relevant topic as the theme.

“We all know that, by living on this earth, we are likely to experience some sort of trauma,” reflected Martha Rocha, an attendee. “I’ve realized over this weekend that it’s time for me to process my own trauma with a professional. I’m walking away with homework to find that person.”

Mia Lopez, a Hispanic youth from the Montrose Maranatha Hispanic Church, shared her takeaway from the weekend: “Everyone’s trauma matters. Some may think there’s is smaller or bigger than someone else’s trauma. I learned that there’s different types of trauma and that everyone has to deal with it differently.”

After the series of presentations and activities, the women ended their night with a western-themed social event. Ruben Rivera, RMC Hispanic Ministries Director, commented on the importance of the spiritual, social, and cultural aspects of Hispanic Women’s Ministries. “Every year, the women anxiously await their retreat. It’s a time they can refresh, connect with other women in their native language, and connect with God,” he commented.

—Vanessa Alarcón is elder and church clerk at Boulder Adventist Church. Photos supplied.

24 Oct


Pedro Vieira – Loveland, Colorado … All of the residence hall students at Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado, traveled to five different churches in the surrounding areas to lead out in their services in a school-wide “Students With A Testimony” (SWAT) event. 


The students were divided into groups of 10-15 people and went to Colorado churches in Aurora, Brighton, Greeley, and Fort Collins. They could share their testimonies and musical gifts by leading worship and sharing inspirational special music with the churches. 


Carlos Santana, Campion Academy chaplain, came up with the idea of having a SWAT trip on a bigger scale. He shared, “I feel God inspired me to plan this event. One day over the summer, I was talking to my wife Molly about it, and I asked her, ‘What if the whole school did a SWAT trip?’ We thought that if everyone were a part of SWAT, they would each touch different hearts. I was scared because it was a major undertaking to plan, but it ended up going well.”


After the service and over potluck, the students got to talk to the church members and share a little bit more about their life at Campion Academy and also hear some feedback about the service. 


Damaris Lopez-Morquecho, junior student, reflected, “I enjoyed sharing my testimony and seeing how my group and I worked together. It was also awesome how the church members at Adventure Seventh-day Adventist Church accepted us. They are all so welcoming.”


Maxwell Bicknell, sophomore student, commented, “When I went on SWAT, my favorite thing was talking to the church members and hearing some of their thoughts. I also really enjoyed being able to give my testimony and felt like I was doing something that God wanted me to do.”


After the success of this event, Chaplain Carlos plans to continue more individual SWAT trips to different churches throughout the year, and potentially make a school-wide trip an annual event.


—Pedro Vieira, Campion Student News Team. Photos supplied.

12 Oct


Jana Thurber – Ward, Colorado … The theme for this year’s annual RMC Women’s Ministries Retreat was “Exploring the Mysteries of God.” The retreat was held at Glacier View Ranch (GVR) in Ward, Colorado, September 29 through October 1.

Keynote speaker Dr. Yamileth Bazan, associate dean of students from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, unpacked mysteries from the book of Ruth. She first connected with participants by sharing her personal journey of spending a year on the road getting to know the God who sees us—the same God Ruth and Naomi needed through their journey from Moab back to Israel.

Ruth’s story helps us relate to this mysterious God when we suffer the loss of those we love, deal with grief, or while being in a foreign country with no identity. So much of the pain that we experience in our world today, is because the deceiver has made it seem that we’ve been left alone and there’s no God who sees us! Our speaker reminded us, “This is a lie! God has always seen us, but we must allow him in, right?!”

The 124 women from around the conference were blessed by Yami’s messages, and were also blessed by our musical guest, Gale Jones-Murphy. Well-known for both her keyboard and vocal abilities, Gale is a master at leading worship. She worked with four of our own women who helped in leading the worship: Cyndy Wellman, Haremy Cordova, Mary Chapa, and Solidad Medina.

Other presenters also greatly blessed those who attended. A special workshop by Cheryl Mautz included a presentation on plant-based foods, tasty bites for each attendee, and a free cookbook.

Mona Fellers led an in-depth Bible study entitled “Why Salt?,” helping attendees to know God’s word better and how best to study it. Deba Nkana shared her miraculous personal journey while fleeing Afghanistan, a God-given vision leading her to see the true God of the Bible.

At each session and early on Sabbath morning, Susan Dupper, a professional life coach, led us in joyful “Stretch, Breathe, and Balance” moves.

Sabbath afternoon was a particular blessing with the focus on prayer. Participants could visit the Prayer Room with a beautifully decorated garden and a heavenly banquet station.

Participants could also enjoy a prayer walk around the lake at GVR designed by Judy Kelley and Jerilyn Pester with brief prayer assignments on love, relationships, and loss. Handouts were tacked on trees around the lake to guide participants into the Biblical story of Ruth. They were invited to apply lessons from the story to their prayer life as they did the walk.

There was joy felt as women came together to find friendship, spiritual care, be part of a service project, and have fun and experience God’s renewal at the retreat. Here’s one woman’s response to the weekend:

I just returned from the women’s retreat at Glacier View Ranch. Wow! What a fantastic follow up to Priscilla Shirer’s preaching. Wow!! Praise God! May the Lord multiply all He began at this retreat. I feel like He gave us a restart button to pass on. I feel like I’m kind of still floating on our Holy Spirit high but also grounded by all the teaching and guidance and fellowship.

I was blessed to make so may new friends who love God. Whoo whoo! He is so unbelievably awesome and powerful. May the God we experienced on the mountain overflow with us here on the plains. May our hearts continue to be bursting with His love and life changing presence.

I have wept with Jesus and His followers. I have been blessed with the joy of the Lord. May I become Jesus’ hands and feet like never before. So much unconditional love and open sharing. May God teach us how to mentor each other and love each other through the tough parts. May God be glorified by our people. Praise Jesus. Praise God. Praise the Holy Ghost for power and victory in our lives. May we be used in showing the lost, the way to Jesus. Hallelujah! (Quote by Mary Ann Allman)

Much prayer and many hands helped make this retreat a success for God’s glory. A big thanks goes to the Women’s Ministries Team who worked so hard: Alisha Knutsen, Amber Fellers, April Knutsen, Ardis Stenbakken, Carol Spahr, Jackie Hayes, Jerilyn Pester, Judy Kelley, Marlene Poole, Marta Wells, Mary Perez-Gonzalez, Mona Fellers, Raelyn Wortman, and Valerie Johnson.

Mark your calendar now for next year’s retreat which will be held September 27-29, 2024. Come join the fellowship and blessings as women of Christ come together.

—Jana Thurber is RMC women’s ministry coordinator. Photos supplied.

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