Step Up

Going up steps is always harder than coming down.  It takes stamina, determination, and a reason to climb!  The theme for our annual Young Women’s Retreat (YWR), “Step Up to God’s Calling”, was a challenge to live like Jesus in thought, dress, and relationships.  On September 12, fifty seven young women from Highland Academy, Madison Academy, Louisville Adventist Academy, Memphis Junior Academy, Nashville Christian Academy, and home school students from Kentucky with sleeping bags and pillows in tow made Indian Creek Camp their home for the weekend! With white steps as a backdrop and Madison Academy’s praise team the weekend was filled with music, study, and sharing.  YWR coordinator Michelle Arant used paper dolls to lead the girls in a modesty exercise for Sabbath School.  Adel Torres, our special guest speaker, shared her personal story of tragedy when at the age of 8 she lost her father and two brothers in a plane accident.  She challenged the young women to let go of their brokenness and let God fill the holes in their hearts.  The Sabbath afternoon “Survivor” activity tested each “tribe” as they competed to accomplish their specific given tasks.  The winners all received t-shirts!  Saturday evening was hot chocolate, popcorn, and movie night!  A huge thank you goes to all those who gave of their time and energy to make sure our young women were blessed and well cared for!  If you missed this year mark your calendar for 2015!

—BY GAIL McKENZIE 

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Photos by:  Chelsea Soapes
www.chelseasoapesphotography.com