Thirteen GCI members gathered recently in Phoenix, AZ, for “Journey to Wholeness in Christ,” a retreat hosted by the Odyssey in Christ (OIC) ministry. Several participants were from the Philippines. Others came from the state of Washington and Phoenix.
Facilitated by Larry Hinkle (GCI pastor and OIC director) and co-facilitated by Lorilee Immel (Ashland Theological Seminary doctoral candidate), the retreat helped participants rest in the Lord’s presence on a personal journey to wholeness. Through sessions on prayer, the three R’s (rest, receive and respond), limbic exercise and silent awareness, participants learned to more fully experience the God’s presence, resulting in moments of healing, renewal and transformation. As a retreat highlight, skits were presented in which participants portrayed the playfulness of little children.