Over the past few weeks and continuing until the end of August, World Olivet Assembly churches have held seasonal retreats in different parts of the United States and the world. Especially after prolonged times of distance due to the pandemic, retreat participants testified that they have felt refreshed through the study of God’s Word, through prayer and fellowship.
One of the retreats was held at Immanuel Chapel in Dover, NY over the past weekend, with some 200 participants coming from churches across the Northeast Presbytery. The theme was “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”, taken from Matthew 5:3. The Bible lectures took participants through the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the three chapters of Matthew 5, 6 and 7 and explored how those passages relate to the everyday experience of followers of Jesus Christ.
“It was a great time to be deeply immersed in God’s word and listen to the Lord’s voice into my life. As Jesus comforted many and healed the sick after preaching the Sermon on the Mount, I’d like to share this grace with many afflicted people in the world,” said one participant as the retreat came to a close.
The retreat program also included prayers, worship, personal testimonies, and family activities. During the fellowship time, participants shared their reflections on the messages and earnestly prayed for each other. Many shared how they felt refreshed and that they gained strength and deepened their faith.
The children's program was also held separately with creative lectures, worship, and diverse fun activities.
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