Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors pulled out at 8:40 this morning to join the seniors, who arrived Sunday night, at Windy Gap for three days of fun, fellowship, and discipleship. This afternoon, everybody enjoyed the amazing activities Windy Gap has to offer, including the giant swing (shout out to the freshmen girls for tackling it first), the waterslides and zip line (yes, the water is quite chilly), hikes up the mountain, volleyball games, basketball games, and lots more.
After dinner, we gathered for our first session in the County Seat, worshipped, and heard from Pastor Justin about the picture of the kindness, redemption, restoration, and provision of Christ seen through the story of David and Mephibosheth (II Samuel 9). After the message, crews gathered to discuss the message and pray together. The day continues (for a few more hours!) as there are a couple more inter-grade competitions to be won. Thank you for all your prayers! Continue to pray for the Spirit to touch hearts, convicting, healing, restoring, and bringing to salvation through Jesus Christ. – Jennifer Dixon, English Teacher
Our day started cool and cloudy with fog rising up the slopes of the mountains that hold Windy Gap in their palms. After pancakes and sausage, the morning session with Pastor Justin included Hosea 1, which is another picture of God’s grace, mercy, and love for us as people who have the tendency to wander and drift away from Him. Pastor Justin exhorted us to be intentional in spending time with the Lord and to get alone with Him. After lunch, the annual Windy Gap volleyball tournament commenced and continued for most of the afternoon with the senior boys’ team rising to claim the title (and milkshakes at the Sippin’ Shoppe). Dr. Hancock led a group of about 15 students and a few teachers on the Hancock Hike that went two miles up the mountain. Horseback riding for the freshmen, swimming pool fun, zip line, basketball, gaga ball, and the annual color war filled up the afternoon. This evening Pastor Justin challenged us to be the Benaiah of II Samuel 23:20-22 and know that when the presence and the power of God is in our lives and we feel ourselves slipping, He will stabilize us and use us to do things we never thought we could do. Our retreat time is almost over, and it has been a blessing for students, teachers, staff, and volunteers alike. Thank you so much for praying! Please pray for a safe return tomorrow and for the work of the Spirit to continue bearing fruit after we return. – Jennifer Dixon, English Teacher
What an exciting time as the week ended for High School. They closed the camp with a time of worship and sharing with each other how God has changed their hearts and how their lives will be different when they return to Charlotte.