September 11-13 we had our first annual fall retreat. There were 27 of us in a beautiful mansion near Big Bear Lake. We all gathered four times throughout the weekend in the large living room with huge windows overlooking the forest to look at scripture and worship together. While it felt like we were outside, the acoustics were amazing and it there was an amazing dynamic of an intimate, yet full sound as we pressed into God’s presence. By far most of the highlights were Saturday night when we had an extended time of prayer and taught on the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. A number of people experienced the Spirit in powerful ways. One student who was on the edge of belief and questioned whether she had really ever experienced God asked Him to send someone to her with a prophetic word that was correct to prove he was real. God did not disappoint and since that trip we have seen amazing growth in her life. Another student said they were feeling overwhelming fear and anxiety, but after being prayed for felt “a weight” lift off of her and has also been experiencing awesome growth. These are just a few of the highlights of what God did and confirmed in the hearts of our students. Thank so much to those of you who gave extra to allow us to scholarship many of the students who went.
Keeping Up With the Kertsons
Kendra started teaching a tap class with CYT San Diego and Peyton is in the class. She is loving her first tap dancing experience. Must run in the family!
Eden started preschool. Let’s just say it’s been good for everyone! Eden has loved going and getting some of her words out three mornings a week. Kendra has loved having more time to go on campus and meet with adults.
Amber auditioned for the nutcracker and was one of two girls in her class to get cast for two separate parts, a doll and a sugarbabe. Needless to say, she was excited.
Brandon’s Dad got very good news in his latest MRI. The contrast that had shown up in the first MRI had gotten small which confirmed for the doctor that the contrast is more than likely scar tissue that is healing, not cancer that still remains. They are going to finish six months more of chemotherapy to make sure no cancer is hiding anywhere.
· Pray for our student leaders as they step out in faith. Many of them are learning to juggle this extra responsibility and to really begin to disciple other people. It’s exciting, but scary for many of them.
· God continues to add to the number of people who want to the help us on staff. Pray for discernment as we add new people and for our team to continue to gel together as we come from so many different backgrounds and ministries.
· We are praying for some extra surfboards for one of our staff to begin to take more guys out surfing with him.