2018 Youth Easter Retreat (NSSDA)
1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity
Holidays are great moments for every individual, young and old. Forget about all holidays and focus on Easter whenever you are sharing to a South Church young adult. While many see it as a time to join with family and relatives, these young souls take this time to bond, share and have some special time for themselves probably away from the city in what they unanimously call “enjoying youthful stage in the Lord”.
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See The full video of how events unfolded during the retreat by Sister Getrude Bosibori Ontiri
Such events have been always there, but this year’s retreat beat them all. In case you missed all is not lost. A Kenya Current reporter – Leah Kabindu is taking you step by step through the four-day trip that saw these young adults camp at Mount Kenya, 215 kilometers from Nairobi city. Sit and scroll!
A rough estimate of four hour journey from South Church on 30th March Friday morning gave the local tourists a first stop in Central Kenya’s Laikipia County for the first destination in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, situated on the equator west of Nanyuki, between the foothills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya.
The 90,000-acre not-for-profit wildlife conservancy rich in wildlife gave the young a chance to interact with the astounding variety of animals, including the Big Five (the endangered black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion), Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah among other habitats including predators and endangered species and the sweet flow of the Ewaso Ngiro river.
The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta and the amazing wildlife viewing on good all-weather roads created lasting memories. The chimpanzees in the sweetwaters chimpanzee sanctuary including the famous Poko gave unforgettable experience as they got time to dance and crack jokes with these awesome creatures.
Photos by brother Cleopas Chebu : https://photos.app.goo.gl/y7rD5CngJ3lc5BEx1
The day ended with an arrival at the camp site at the sun set where pitching of tents began with the help of the leaders and the experienced master guide brother Nelson Ogallo and Mc Kenzie. There was nice cooperation in preparation of supper from part of the team as the rest collected firewood and lit fire that was re-lit every evening to help keep away some animals and for warmth purposes.
2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
The Sabbath was more of adventure that saw the adventuresome youths wake up from tents, conduct lesson discussion on open field and the sermon under tents. A normal sabbath program was adopted in the morning service with the youth choir giving a powerful presentation climaxed by pastor Paul Mwangi’s “Facing the Red Sea Crisis” and an interactive relationship talk in the evening.
The day was crowned with a visit at Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and an evening talk from a Health specialist as well as a communication talk from mom Mrs. Ontiri.
Sunday began with health talks and wide topics were covered including the killer diseases and their treatments. Notes from health talks are available upon inquiry through the leadership.Master guide brothers gave tips for mountain climbing as the brakes provided time for short races and some photo sessions. The day was climaxed by an afternoon drive after the unfortunate loss of chance to visit Borana ranch. Football and other games dominated evening upon the return.
Photos by Brother Philip Okal : https://photos.app.goo.gl/YUufGDUekThfp7rl1
Monday was the mother of all days as the youngsters couldn’t wait for the hike. The climb began after a short drive to the starting ground and the highest that the tough climbers reached was 3000m. Despite the rain challenge, the hike was great and it marked the end of the four day trip as everyone embacked on parking and unpitching tents before a departure in the evening.
Ezekiel 16:60 Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.
Few interviews were conducted from the youths and this is what they had to say concerning the retreat:
Joan: I liked the food, the unity, the discussions and the teachings. I enjoyed the visit to chimpanzee’s sanctuary, the bonfire,the games and the hike (though i climbed for like 100 mm).
Selly: I liked everything about the retreat but next time lets check on time management.
Brendah : I liked the experience in Ol Pejeta, nice games played, photo taking sessions, the bonding and interactions.
Peggy: The retreat was awesome but the cold was almost unbearable.
Nel: It was fun sleeping in tents and using open air bathrooms. The retreat was great; the location was amazing. The people were unique and amazing as well and we got to learn from each other.
Samora : I loved lessons from facilitators, the fresh air from the campsite and i enjoyed the Sabbath School from the open air.
Phanice : I liked everything about the retreat except for the disappointment at Borana Ranch
Wendy: The retreat was nice, i learnt many different things in the site. I wish Easter holiday could last for a week!
Jacki: I liked the cooperation of everyone when it came to kitchen department. You gave us easy time, more good things are coming. Grateful for a chance to see how the outside world looks.
Kerubo: I liked health talks from Dr. Ronnie among other speakers, the game drive and the hike even though i didn’t climb much higher.
Lornah: I liked the rangers – Bonni and Ronny were hospitable and they really helped.
Dalphine : I liked the team work. It was great interacting with the nature and God’s creation.
Quenter : I liked the jokes/ comedy from Orora the entertainer, he deserves a trophy.
Looking forward to a more excellent retreat come 2019. All are invited not only to retreats but to be part of this great team -Nairobi South Young adults. Stay blessed!
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”
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