“I was blind, now I see.” (John 9:25).At the recent Treasure retreat for young working adults, the Lord moved powerfully in uncovering the spiritual blindness of their hearts. He renewed their vision of Him and gave them new lives in Him!
We are grateful to God for this renewal of faith amidst the pandemic, and pray that they continue to live out His call for them boldly. May they never tire of following Christ, and ever persevere in Hope in this season!
“I came into the retreat feeling quite drained and tired, and I was not expecting much to happen, I was honestly quite skeptical, but I reminded myself to keep an open heart and open mind to receive what God had in store for me, and I was pleasantly surprised. Far from being draining, this retreat was revitalizing and this experience gave me things beyond what I imagined possible. I know now that this is only possible with the grace and love of God. Today I want to claim the truth that God is real, God is good, and He is faithful. I never thought that the day would come that I profess Jesus as Lord, but after this retreat, after having experienced the Holy Spirit moving in me, I can testify that Jesus is my Lord and Saviour. As I leave the retreat with the good news of Jesus Christ, I know that the road ahead is not easy as a disciple of Jesus, but I will draw strength from the Lord, for I know that he lives in my heart and moves within me, and I seek to do His will every day of my life.” (Gordon Boey, participant)
Gordon (second from the right) with his cell group
Prior to the retreat, I was looking forward to spending time with the Lord but was also anxious and sceptical of Him speaking Truth to me and softening my hardened heart – I had unknowingly numbed my heart from feeling the depth of my emotions, and did not even realise this until the first day of the retreat. Throughout Treasure, I encountered Christ through prayer, and in various moments I heard the Holy Spirit speaking to me through a gentle voice in my head and heart, as well as through my facils and group mates. For the first time in 24 years, I was able to articulate, verbalise my wounds and receive healing. I thank God for revealing to me and opening my heart to Him in a deeper way that I desired. Through Jesus, I felt a freedom that He promised. I leave with a renewed faith that He is ever faithful and ever present no matter which season of life I am in. (Freda Bek, participant)
Freda with her cell group (second row, first from right)