Praise Report: YFC Winter Camp 2020 ❄

Posted on by YFC Seattle

By Mark Schmor, Director of Engagement

Last weekend 90+ students and staff participated in our annual winter retreat at Black Diamond Camp at Rainier.  This group included students and staff from all four of our City Life sites (South Seattle, Everett, Bellevue, Monroe) as well as Tacoma.  If you were to drop in for the weekend, this is what you might have heard:

“If you really knew me, you would know…”

These words served as the guiding theme for the Building Bridges Workshop that students spent several hours working through on Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.  The workshop used the metaphor of an iceberg, which keeps most of its mass below the surface of the water. Over the course of the weekend, students were invited to “lower the water line” in an effort to be more fully known.

Imagine a room full of students and staff, huddled together in small groups, committed to bearing one another’s burdens.  One student after another courageously shared things like “You would know that I’m afraid I’m never going to make my parents happy” or “You would know that every time I look in the mirror I hate what I see”.  With each story that was shared, trust was built.  With each tear that was shed, healing took place. 

“I’m leading this and I’ve had the worst year of my life”

These words were shared by a leader modeling one of the exercises. It’s important to note that no students were forced to share and every interaction was first modeled by some of our leaders on stage. We have an incredible leadership team and this weekend wouldn’t be possible without our leaders’ willingness to to show up with humility and authenticity.

“He is able”

These were the words sung over and over again during Saturday evening’s worship session.  As some students sung loud with outstretched arms, others sat in reflective silence. Each encountering the Spirit of God in their own way. After doing the hard work of sharing one another’s brokenness, students were encouraged to offer their cares and concerns to Jesus.

“I feel that this is the closest family that I’ve got”

These words were shared by a student at the close of the weekend.  At Seattle YFC, we long for students to be known and loved and we’re grateful for the way weekends like this create a space for that to happen in such a powerful way.

We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who gave financially to support this retreat.  Your contributions were an instrumental part of this incredible weekend.  

If you’d like to hear more about the impact of Seattle YFC and ways you can be a part of what’s happening, please consider attending our Be the Story Dessert on Friday, April 24 at 7pm.  We’d love to see you there!

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