Thirty-one GCI members from the U.S., the Caribbean and the Philippines gathered recently at St. Stephen’s Retreat and Conference Center in Titusville, Florida for an Odyssey in Christ, Experiencing the Trinity spiritual renewal retreat.
GCI Caribbean regional director, Charles Fleming (shown addressing the group at left) observed that God seemed to touch everyone in transformative ways during the retreat. GCI pastor Bonny McQueary said: “What an awesome weekend experience. I basked in God’s love, I had answered prayer, I lost the weight of some personal guilt, I was affirmed, I learned something positive about myself, and I met some new Christian friends.” Beth Harris, who heads up a para-church prayer ministry devoted to the struggle against human trafficking commented: “I have never witnessed a day of Pentecost before this retreat. All who attended were filled or filled anew and I’m sure the news will spread abroad since several countries were represented.”
According to Odyssey in Christ director Larry Hinkle (at the center of the picture below), the retreat “focused on helping participants experientially know our Triune God better (Ephesians 1:17). Through spiritually formative activities and loving fellowship, participants were shown how to create sacred spaces in their lives that help them connect with God in ways that can lead to lasting spiritual fruit for living and sharing the gospel.”