This past weekend, a group of twenty students trekked up to the snowy mountains to enjoy a Christ-filled retreat led out by the Glacier View Ranch staff and guest-speaker, Tyler Morrison. The theme of the weekend was “Home: finding our identity in Christ through His promises.” Each session consisted of two elements, “Gather” and “Engage”. First, we would “gather” together and Tyler would introduce the topic. Then we would “engage” in deeper discussion about how to apply the message to our lives.
“The weekend of Teen Prayer Summit was a great experience for people with all different backgrounds to connect with God through through discussion of the Bible,” expressed Pastor Esequias, our school chaplain. We focused on the importance of basing our identity and self-worth on God’s truth instead of others’ opinions.
At every meeting, a praise team led out in songs that prepared our hearts for the message. Senior Joe Philpott said, “I enjoyed showing people my age that you can praise God through music.”
In addition to the spiritual growth, we also spent time enjoying each others’ company. Ashley Halvorson, who has attended Teen Prayer Summit for two years now, stated, “I enjoy going to GVR Teen Prayer Summit because it gives you a break from school and gives you a chance to hang out with friends and get to know God more.” On Sabbath afternoon, we enjoyed activities such as giant Jenga, indoor dodgeball, and s’more-making. Some went jeeping on the snowy trails while others enjoyed a restful Sabbath nap. Later that evening, we had the option of swimming in the pool, playing card and board games, or watching the Lion King. The Campion group ended the impactful weekend with a smooth trip down the mountain and a much-appreciated lunch of pizza.
Teen Prayer Summit 2019 was filled with spiritual growth, friendships and memories, and we encourage students to plan on attending next January!
Article by Josie Reeves, Senior at Campion