All My Life, For the Rest of My Life

Earlier this month, Saint Paul’s Outreach at Benedictine College and Johnson County Community College combined efforts for a retreat called Two Kingdoms. Students from both campuses traveled to a retreat center in Missouri to enter into deeper relationship with the Lord and with each other.

The Two Kingdoms retreat was focused on the reality of the spiritual battle that we are faced with every day. Students were challenged to look at this spiritual battle in a real applicable way to their own life. This retreat was faced with the hope that students would choose to fight for the Kingdom of the Lord radically.

In Mark 8, it is said, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Through various talks, small groups, and times of prayer, students were presented with the option to choose to follow the Lord with their whole life, for the rest of their lives.

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I had not given a yes to the Lord with my heart. It was an opportunity to fully say yes to the Lord and know what I was saying yes to. I wanted to open my heart to the Lord and to serving His people.
— Sarah, Senior

Along with choosing to radically give away their life to the Lord, it was good for the students to get away from the business of campus and grow together as brothers and sisters. Having students from both BC and JCCC was a huge blessing to community life. The Lord definitely moved in power to lead students to commit their lives to Him. It is exciting to see what He will continue to do in the students throughout the rest of the semester. All glory to God!