And we’re back…with lots of pictures :)

72 hours of travel + 11 missionary kids + 1 awesome city + 5 days of rest, worship, and fellowship + countless games of booty ball = a very successful East Asia team retreat!!

We’re home and thankful to spend a few nights in our own bed. Despite a 12 hour time difference God answered your prayers for us to have plenty of energy!! We had such a wonderful time with these 11 missionary kids between the ages of 8 and 18.  This retreat definitely got us excited to work with missionary kids overseas and we just want to get to Japan as quickly as possible. We spent the week at a Baptist Seminary – with a breathtaking rooftop view of the ocean and the mountains.

We had 11 teens from 4 different families in our group. We spent our meeting times together talking about what it means to have a personal relationship with God. We explored how God has been at work in our lives up to this point and taught the students skills they can use every day to interact with God – prayers of lament and thanksgiving, and time in the Word.  Our group times were so encouraging!

The group in front of a garden maze, where we played an awesome game of tag!

In the evenings we had several opportunities to go out and explore the city with our students and their families. We were able to ride a cable car to the top of Victoria Peak to get a bird’s eye view of the city, ride a gondola across a mountain range to see one of the largest Buddha statues in the world, and go down to the harbor to see the city sky line light up in rhythm with music.

View of the city from Victoria Peak

One day we all hopped on public transportation to spend the afternoon in the park. You can’t have a youth retreat without building group pyramids! (we had several locals clapping and taking pictures of us. Apparently this isn’t a universal activity…)

Leader pyramid - Brooks and I with our awesome co-leader Robbie Sweet!

Thank you for your prayers. God blessed us with a lot of energy and great conversations. We’d love to get together with you and tell you more about it!

One picture of the kids playing some booty ball

Don’t forget that THIS MONTH any donation you send through the CBI website: will be DOUBLED! We’ve already had an awesome response. So for those you of you have sent in gifts this month: THANK YOU! for those of you who haven’t: it’s not too late! Please pray about supporting us this month and remember whatever you send in during the month of April will be DOUBLED!! Check out the Partner With Us page for more information.

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