By: Alaina Knapp
Over the weekend of February 10th-12th, Saint Paul's Outreach Kansas hosted about 100 staff and students on Fan Into Flame, a retreat designed to facilitate a face-to-face encounter with Jesus Christ. The retreat took place at Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg, Kansas, a retreat center on the beautiful plains of eastern Kansas. Students, leaders, and missionaries from Benedictine College, University of Missouri Kansas City, Arkansas, and Johnson County Community College came to spend a weekend praising the Lord together.
Student Leaders and SPO missionaries gave a series of talks and testimonies over three days that focused on life in the Spirit and expressive worship of God. Attendees participated in small groups where they shared life and encountered the Lord in brotherhood and sisterhood. Father Simon, one of the chaplains of Benedictine College and monk at St. Benedict's Abbey, attended the retreat and offered the students an opportunity for confession and spiritual guidance. Two sisters from the Disciples of Our Lord Jesus Christ also traveled from Amarillo, Texas to help witness to the Spirit and guide the retreat attendees to deeper communion with Christ.
The Students and missionaries had an opportunity to pray with each other for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and a true and powerful encounter with the Lord. Many retreatants expressed that they experienced true freedom in worship and were able to recognize in a new way how the Lord was leading them into relationship with Himself. Fr. Simon shared that the students had encountered a beautiful Pentecost-like Spirit during the prayer meeting on Saturday night.
The community of students and missionaries were renewed in their spiritual lives and further convicted of the truth of the Gospel. Everyone was encouraged to continue pursing the Lord and to commit themselves to living a Spirit-led life. The Lord truly worked in power in the lives of those who attended Fan Into Flame and He will continue to lead every retreatant to a deeper and more personal friendship with Himself. Praise the Lord!