Recap: A Weekend to Remember

Last weekend we hosted two retreats at the same time, and somehow managed to survive the 24 hour power outage while our guests were here! Thankfully, my amazing friend and previous summer staff member, Justice Martens, came along for the ride and helped out a TON.

The two retreats were: Mother & Adult Daughter, and a few MB Missions families to prepare for their missions trip to Thailand next week. The latter group brought their four kids with them, and intended for their stay here to be a glimps of what the summer is like here at Barnabas. Justice and I had the sweet job of programing a few activities to do with the kids while their parents were in their sessions, and had an absolute blast. We wanted to both show them around the property and implement some spiritual truths during our time together, so we came up with a scavenger hunt for the first day. Each clue was a bible verse, and our theme was “Jesus is your treasure”.

We managed to take some photos!


1. Tennis court – “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.” Psalm 100:4


2. Playground –“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

3. Farm – “And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:18 

4. (destination) Tree The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. The small seed grows into the largest of garden plants and becomes a mighty tree.” Matthew 13:32

Inside the treasure chest they found candy bags, a note of congratulations, and a verse we figured wrapped everything up nicely: “that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3

We then headed inside and wrote our theme verse on poster paper, and the kids drew pictures showing us how they interpreted the words.



The next day we played grounders at the playground, and took the kids down to the beach where we searched for crabs and cool looking stones.



Washing dishes was an adventure of its own. Half way through the weekend, the power went completely out, which made it totally exciting  – flashlights, dark and stormy night,  washing with the 3 sink method…!  I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I’m not kidding.

In the evening we rinsed all of the dishes, and piled them on the counters.


In the morning, we had a sink with sanitizer, a sink with clear water, and a sink with soapy water, and then layed down towels for the dishes to dry. It took a little longer than usual, but it was pretty neat washing dishes the way they were done before a sanitizer/dishwasher was invented. 🙂


To conclude, my fellow intern, Catherine, participated as a guest in the mother & daughter getaway, and she says it went very smoothly, and it was a wonderful time of bonding and sharing. Relationships were restored and fostered, and God was clearly present! We would love it if you could pray for the upcoming retreats; that God would continue touching and restoring the lives of those who step foot on this property. He is doing amazing things here, and it’s so special to be a part of it!

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  1. I really like the photo of you and 3 kids just above … 4. (destination) Tree 
    And the kids poster. Don’t you love power outages – candles and flashlights and warm clothing
    and can’t charge your cell phone and have to get off the Facebook Addiction. Like!


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