Last weekend was the second annual YLA Fall Retreat. On Friday evening, we scooted down Buffalo Gap Road with 16 of our young leaders to the Presbyterian Encampment in historic and beautiful Buffalo Gap for a couple of days of learning and laughing and loving. This year’s theme was Branching Out and focused on unique and maybe even uncomfortable ways to grow and manifest the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. We invited five local speakers to come and share their thoughts and issue challenges to our young leaders. In between, we played lots of games – including a highly competitive game of hula hoop rock, paper, scissors – ate, talked, laughed and enjoyed the beauty of the campgrounds, including several surprise visits from the local deer. This group of young people are a delight to be with at any time, but this weekend was particularly so, almost magical. Branch out and come join us sometime and experience their magic yourself.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Just listen to what they have to say: