Fruits of the Spirit Evident During Fan into Flame Retreat
This past weekend, close to 120 students came together in Marengo, OH for SPO Ohio’s annual Fan into Flame retreat. Many thanks to all the SPO staff and volunteers who helped make this retreat possible, and may God continue to work in the lives of the students who attended.
The walls of Heartland Retreat Center’s Hickory Lodge shook with songs of praise and joy this past weekend as close to 120 university students gathered in Marengo, OH to attend SPO Ohio’s annual Fan into Flame retreat. Students attended from a variety of colleges and universities, including Ohio State, Columbus State Community College, Bowling Green State and West Virginia University. Although each arrived with their own unique story, view on faith and relationship with Christ, each left having had a deep, personal encounter with our Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The three day retreat consisted of a series of talks centered on moving from knowing about Jesus Christ to living a truly Christian life after the retreat. Students heard from their peers about their own encounters with Christ and were provided encouragement and support in embracing God’s love and plan for their lives.
At the retreat’s closing, students were invited to testify to their experience. Many students came forward, including a BGSU freshman student who stated “This is my first Fan into Flame retreat”, then, motioning to the cross, “and after (this experience); I can honestly say that this is my number one now.” One student testified to the experience he had with his small group, sharing the feeling of brotherhood and love that came from his discussions with his peers. Finally, another freshman student from OSU summed up her experience with SPO as a whole saying, “Thank you for all you do. I love you. I love you all.”
Praise God for such a fruitful retreat! The fruits of the Spirit were evident during the retreat, and attendees were encouraged to continue listening to God’s voice and using the gifts they have been given. Following the Fan into Flame retreat, attendees are encouraged to stay strong in their commitment to God through becoming involved with the SPO community. For, as Paul wrote in his letter to the Hebrews, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
-submitted by Sarah Deak, SPO Ohio Development Coordinator
Watch for future posts about the Fan into Flame experience, written by SPO students!