Our High School Youth went to West Virginia for a weekend of camping and rafting along the Upper New River!
Our Middle School Youth went to the Asheville area for a weekend of kayaking the French Broad River and hiking!
Prayers were shared for safe travels, warm campfires, enlightening conversations and FUN!
Middle School Youth Spring Retreat
On May 14, the Avondale Middle School Youth headed to the NC mountains on a full tank of gas and praying for the ability to fill up and return home at the end of the weekend. Our 11 youth and 3 adults spent the weekend expanding our faith as it applies to racial justice, growing in God’s love, and growing in relationship with each other. We took advantage of the big sky for amazing star gazing, played more than a few rounds of pool and karaoke, hiked around the top of the mountain we were staying on, and kayaked the French Broad River in Asheville’s arts district. And nothing quite satisfies the soul after a float down the river more than a visit to the French Broad Chocolate Factory for some ice cream and brownies, or hot tea and bonbons! Prayers were answered when we were able to fill our gas tanks to return, and prayers continue for the seeds that are planted in our youth and our leaders as we get uncomfortable in order to bring about justice in our world.
High School Youth Spring Retreat
The High School youth are becoming quite the experienced white water rafters. After last summer’s warm-up on the Nolichucky River in Tennessee, we attacked the cool waters of the New River in West Virginia. This time the air temperature was much cooler which lead to a few less involuntary swimmers. We conquered the Class V’s with ease and finished the day enjoying the nation’s newest national park.
We had a great time escaping with two nights of camping, adventure, and fellowship. Exactly what we needed before returning home to face final exams. Our bonding is now complete as we head-off to the Pacific Northwest in June.