Todd and I Got to Maranatha Missionary and Bible Conference around 2:30pm and went up to the dunes for a bit then to Wal-Mart with Dustin. Had delicious home-made pizza for supper.
Matt Yoder was our speaker on Friday, and Jeremiah and Marcie from Grace Community Church were the music leaders. We had a bonfire later which went pretty late. I got to bed around 1:00am or so and there seemed to be a very loud party right outside our window, which kept us up a bit longer!
Saturday we got up early for devotions, which were led by Dan Schwartz. Then breakfast haystacks and a bit of free time until chapel, when Lael Barkman gave the message. He was really good but went on long enough that we missed our group activity time. We played group games (wiffleball) after lunch instead. We also went to the beach, and some of us went up to the prayer tower. The view was beautiful! In the evening was our formal dinner, which was very good. My mouth still waters thinking about those mashed potatoes and steak. J.R. and Carol were in charge of the food and they did an awesome job. We all dressed down right away afterwards though, as formal clothing can be tiresome and inconvenient. As Kayley put it, “half an hour is long enough!” Matt Yoder preached again and we had a really good time of sharing and opening up. It was awesome. Went to the beach again after for a bonfire. Found a nice spot on the dunes to overlook everyone else (thanks to Titus). Laying down on top of the dune oddly muffled the sound of the waves and people talking and made me feel as though in another world. Got to bed around 12:30 that night.
Mark Raber led early bird devotions Sunday morning and Matt preached the last message. we ended up in a large group hug praying, crying, generally feeling good. God is everywhere and in all circumstances, but there are times when we are sure He feels nearer than others. I know that is not necessarily the case, but I think He uses those times to encourage us to discover more about Him and not grow dull and weary.
Grace and peace.