posted on May 03, 2012 13:24
By Hiskia Missah
One hundred twenty-eight young people from the Irish, Scottish, and Welsh Missions of the British Union Conference met together for their yearly Easter Weekend Retreat. This year the venue was Gartmore House Retreat Centre in Stirling, Scotland.
J Marcel Ghioalda, Scottish Mission Youth Director and the host of this retreat, supported by his colleagues, Adam Keough from the Irish Mission and Jeremy Tremeer from the Welsh Mission, had prepared a very well coordinated retreat for the young people.
The theme of this retreat was: “Knowing Him and Making Him Known.” This group of young people was divided into two groups: one group for those under the age of 16 and one for those 16 and above. Nathan Stickland, British Union Conference Youth Director , served as the main speaker for the younger age group, while I was asked to speak to the older group of youth.
Throughout this retreat the youth learned about Jesus, God the Word, the Creator of the universe, who humbled Himself by taking the form of a man and died on the cross in order to save mankind from sin and to give the assurance of salvation and eternal life to those who believe in Him.
The youth were challenged to share their faith and make Jesus known to the world around them. At the end of the retreat, a special kind of semi-communion service was held where the young people responded to the call to “take a stand for Jesus.”