Holy Spirit Blazing through Boston
What a crazy couple of months! Two retreats within a month of each other- the Lord is moving and shaking here in Boston. It's been beautiful seeing God at work in the lives of the students.
Fan Into Flame
On MLK day, we had an overnight Fan Into Flame. About 20 student leaders attended the retreat, with another 10-15 students joining us for the prayer meeting. Here are a couple student testimonies from that day:
“Fan Into Flame was unique from other retreats I have been on, where the focus on the Holy Spirit made for an incredibly powerful experience. Through baptism in the Holy Spirit, I felt that I could hear what the Lord was saying to me more clearly than ever. I experienced a deepening of my relationship with Him and got to witness the gifts of the Holy Spirit alive in others.” - Elizabeth Corsetti, 3rd year
“I came into Fan into Flame intending to learn more about the Holy Spirit and hoping to hear the Lord talk to me, since it had been a while since I had heard him. Both of those happened and so much more. Renee gave a witness Monday morning on not only being God’s child, but truly feeling like you are a child of God’s. I was able to relate to that slightly, since I understood that we are made by God and therefore are children of the Lord, but I did not feel like God and I had a good father-son relationship. Later in the morning, Michael gave a talk on how the Holy Spirit was going to join us in the evening and grace us with different gifts when we pray over each other. He mentioned how if there was anything in us that may be holding us back, we need to let go of it. This really resonated with me because I had been feeling unworthy of God’s love. During our small group meeting, I was challenged to figure out the root cause of me feeling this way… When it came time to pray over each other, I asked for help with feeling worthy of God’s love and worthy of being God’s son. While others were praying over me I kept repeating ‘In the name of the Lord Jesus, I reject the lie that I am not worthy of being God’s son.’ As I was doing this, the image I had was me being an irregularly shaped block of ice wrapped in chains and covered in locks that were breaking off me and shattering to the ground. As all the chains released, I felt this sense of freedom, however I also still felt like there was one stake that was stuck in my base. Someone asked me what sense I was getting, which was one of freedom but a sense of being weak too. Then someone in my small group spoke of getting a sense from that Lord that though I was free from everything that was holding me back, it was all still close by. He got an image of the Lord picking up everything that was holding me back, making a boulder of it, and throwing it so far that I would never be able to find it again. At that moment, the last stake that was in my base was released and all the remains of the chains and locks that were laying around disappeared. A few tears came to my eyes, but I kept repeating ‘In the name of the Lord Jesus, I reject the lie that I am not worthy of being a son of God.’ After having repeated that a few more times, I said ‘Lord, I am worthy of being your son’.” - Brad Walters, 4th year
Beyond the Blueprint
With Fan Into Flame not far behind us, our community dove into another retreat last weekend. The theme challenged the world's view of worth, the shame we can find ourselves trapped in, and encouraged students to find their worth and identity in the Father.
Speakers and witnesses on the retreat shared vulnerably, encouraging students to do the same, and as Saturday night adoration approached many students sought prayer and healing. The fruits of Fan Into Flame could still be seen, as the Holy Spirit stirred in the hearts of students and many claimed their identities as Sons and Daughters of God once again. The vulnerability and joy shared on retreat has continued to be a blessing to the community and we are excited to see how the Lord continues His powerful works of healing and grace.