Retreat Report: Days 3 & 4

After welcoming the Sabbath together with a short vespers thought last night, we met again this morning at the Rochester Seventh-day Adventist Church for Sabbath School and church.  Dr. Michael Hasel, one of our Board of Directors (BOD) members and professor of archaeology at Southern Adventist University, gave a short presentation on the meaning of seals in the Bible.  We were deeply impressed by the material evidences of Bible truth that he showed us–and I think his presentation may have kindled some secret aspirations to become archaeologists!

In the afternoon, some of us went on a beautiful Sabbath hike at a nearby park.  The crisp air and beautiful trees and fields were reminders of God’s goodness.


The Executive Committee (ECOM) let our creative juices flow in the evening with a lively brainstorming session (or as we call it, a “Green Light Session”).  We use these sessions to share new ideas we’d like to implement throughout the year and at our conferences.


ECOM and BOD wrapped up a few more agenda items on Sunday morning.  We were reviewed how what has given GYC its influence is its simple presentation of the Word of God–and we believe that such a presentation will be the secret to the success of any other youth movement around the world.  While the ECOM and BOD do not always meet together, I have been particularly blessed by the reflections and wisdom that some of our older BOD members have shared throughout the weekend about the history of GYC as well as how God has used them individually in their professional careers.

We want to give all the glory to God for how He has led this weekend.  Please pray for us as we travel back to our respective locations, and as we follow up on the exciting things we have discussed.

Read about Days 1 & 2 of our retreat here!