Living life on fire

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Intermountain youth retreat 2008

by Tong “Andy” Yang –

Delegates play the video game “Rock Band” at the Intermountain youth retreat.

The Intermountain Division recently held its third annual young adult retreat, “Send the Fire,” at High Peak Camp in Estes Park, Colo., with a record 72 attendees.

Jude St. Aime, from the Salt Lake City (Utah) Citadel Corps, led the group in worship. Guest speaker Craig Bowler, director of spiritual formation for North Metro Church in Atlanta, Ga., delivered messages on living a Theo-centric life. Major Roni Robin challenged young adults, with her testimony, to live their lives as though it were they had only 24 hours left to live.

Workshop topics included, “Parenting 101: How to do all this without going crazy,” “Body image secrets Victoria won’t tell you,” and “In your face: 5 questions that drive us crazy.”
The group bonded with activities like “beach volleyball with outrageous questions,” “famous you” games and “Family Feud” competitions.

When Divisional Youth Secretary Gwyn Jones gave each attendee $15 for an evening’s dinner, the youth gave back $633.25 to help reconstruct the life of Pirette Oumba following the social injustice done to her. Pirette, a Salvationist in South Africa, suffered brutal beatings for her Christian beliefs, leaving her disfigured and in need of reconstructive surgery.

At the closing session of the retreat, many young adults recommitted themselves to living lifestyles that will “Send the Fire.”

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