An Unexpected Retreat

When someone thinks, ‘what should I do for Veteran’s Day Weekend?’

The first thought for a college student is generally ladened with relief because of the extra day off of school.

At our SPO chapter at UCF, a group of 11 men were anticipating adventure.

Thanks to our partnership with Barbasol we left Orlando on Thursday evening, and arrived Friday morning in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Before even going to our campsite we went to the highest point in the mountains and walked up to the observation post. After a brief meeting we split off in the woods for prayer time.

The fact that I was surrounded by men who love God was incredible. It’s something that I’ve been searching for and never been able to experience.
— Riley R., Freshman @UCF

In a sense this weekend was a retreat in the truest sense of the word.

It wasn’t a retreat filled with all sorts of programming, but a retreat from the busyness and distractions of life; a retreat to the beauty and friendships that make life rich.  

From the grueling 5.5 mile summit hike, to the laughter around the campfire and to the times of prayer, we experienced God drawing us together.

In John 15 Christ says

‘...I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide…’

and this is what we’ve seen from this trip. The friendships and brotherhood that were given the opportunity to blossom through this trip have continued deepen immensely, and bear much fruit!