Monday, October 1, 2018

Sep/October 2018 Update

Pete and Carra Selent - October 2018
Upstate, SC Cru
Fall Retreat is our family’s favorite Cru event.  Last year our move was so fresh, that Pete went without the rest of the family. But this year, we all packed up and headed to Black Mountain!

With 230 students, 30 staff from four metro teams and tons of staff kids, this was our largest Fall Retreat ever.  Due to Hurricane Florence forcing a reschedule, the Triad NC metro team joined with us, too… it was so good being with both our Triad and Upstate friends!
Our main speaker, Dr. Thomas Weakley, challenged students and staff to consider three big questions: “What if?  What Now?” and “What for?” His personal story of physical pain, growing up in poverty and transformation exemplified the deep calling Christ has on our lives… even through hard seasons and suffering.

On Saturday evening, as he shared about growing up with an alcoholic father, he challenged us to forgive as the Lord has forgiven us.  All over the auditorium students prayed, cried, confessed and forgave… releasing bitterness and trusting God with their mess.  This Fall Retreat was a testimonyto the power of God and that He is at work in the lives of young people!

Photos top to bottom:
Main Session at Fall Retreat
Micah and Zade as Amish tourists at the Fall Retreat dress up party
Bon Fire and Spontaneous Worship

Please pray for the Cru movement at Spartanburg Methodist College(SMC).  We are seeing SMC students connecting on a deeper level,confessing their sins and sharing their desire to be bold for Christ. Pray that God will continue to establish and grow this ministry to have a dramatic influence at SMC!

Thank you for all the ways you hold us – financially, in prayer and encouragement!  We are grateful to God for you!!!