"I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control" 2 Timothy 1:6-7
Our spring retreat, Fan Into Flame, was the first weekend in February, and we filled the Crossroads Retreat Center in Caldwell, TX with over 70 students from Texas State University. The weekend was full of incredible talks, testimonies, great community, and plenty of time for prayer.
Many of the college students we encounter have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit at their Baptism and Confirmation, but most have never actually claimed the faith as their own or put Christ at the center of their lives. This retreat gave students a space to meet the Lord again, and “fan into flame the gift of God” that is already within them.
The exciting thing about this retreat is that it was the first time in the SPO Texas Chapter that a retreat was almost entirely student led. We have some incredible leaders in our community, many of whom are living in our Households, and they jumped into leading this retreat without hesitation. Staff stood by to supervise, but the students did all of the heavy lifting: writing and giving powerful talks, leading small discussion groups, guiding us in prayer and worship, and making the newer students feel right at home.
The retreat was powerful for all of us; it built trust between staff and student leaders, and the students left feeling renewed and are more excited than ever to build up their relationship with the Lord through prayer and the sacraments.