Refreshing Mountain Retreat Center, located near Ephrata, Pennsylvania, was the location of our high school retreat. Our high school students learned about their theme for this school year, which is “Die to Self.” They were able to hear a very moving message on their first night from Ryan Minor, husband to our Kindergarten teacher, Jessica Minor. During the next two days the students heard a series of messages from Bernt King, better known as “Bear.” Bear became a part of our school for those two days by joining us for meals and competitions. In fact, he even joined a team and participated in the three-on-three basketball tournament. Some other competitions that the students enjoyed were the kickball tournament and the Milk Jug dodgeball tournament. Back by popular demand were the traditional competitions, Bible quizzing and class skits. The highlight for most everyone at the retreat was the brand new competition, Lip Sync Battle. For this new competition, we were able to bring in a small group of VIP judges. These judges were former MACA students who attend nearby Lancaster Bible College. They were Rachel Brock, class of ‘13, Kirsten Webster and Jimmy Eagan, class of ’12, and Lauren Winter, class of ’10. It was a pleasure and honor for our MACA alumni to join us for the evening.
In addition to the competitions, the students were given time for reflection/journaling, devotions, small groups, and a vast amount of free time. Some of the free time activities were basketball, soccer, Ga-ga, playground, fishing, and the amazing swimming pool. During the free time sessions, it was easy to find Mr. Rust, as he fell in love with the splash down section of the pool. After speaking with many of our high school students, it is clear that this retreat was not filled with mountain high experiences that go away when the retreat is over, but rather, a deeper understanding of our theme. We look forward to watching our high school this year, as they grow closer to living for Christ and continue to die to self.