Taking the road less travelled as children of God

Kirsten Hamm-Epp |
Christopher Lake, Sask.

“I am ______ (fill in the blank).” This was how speaker Amy Peters began the 2017 Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization’s senior-high retreat at Camp Kadesh, held from Jan. 27 to 29, 2017.

With journals handcrafted from recycled bulletin covers, Peters guided the 42 retreat participants through four sessions on the theme of “The road less travelled,” challenging them to think of themselves and everyone they see as children of God. She emphasized the importance of making intentional choices about how to view the world, choosing to see the good and God in every situation and person.

Participants had a unique opportunity this year: an ice-climbing wall. This 12-metre wall required picks, crampon boots and a bit of determination to get to the top, but sponsors and youth alike were up for the challenge! Later, the Saturday night coffeehouse had sponsors and youth going head-to-head in a series of challenges prepared by Canadian Mennonite University admissions counsellors Catherine Richard and Alex Thiessen. The weekend wrapped up Sunday morning with a beautiful walk on Christopher Lake, foot washing, and retreat favourites from the Schellenberg worship band.

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