This year our venue was to be camping in the fields of Bayview Church which has a fantastic view of the Philippine Sea (the ocean area to the west of Guam). And were using the sanctuary for the large group meetings. But as often happens here, Plan B went into affect when the outer winds of a typhoon which was by-passing the island drenched the island in heavy rains. Fortunately the church's leaders gave us permission to move the girls into their Servicemen's Center for the 2 nights and allowed the guys to sleep in the sanctuary.
The days were filled with large group activities, small group discussions, worship, messages, and plenty of time to get alone with the Lord. Laughter and tears were also very much apart of our times together. Below Anne's small group is working on a cooperation exercise. Each person had specific instructions which none of the others in the group knew. We had to work together to build a Lego building of at least 6 layers with out speaking or making any sounds. It was much, much harder than it seemed it would be, especially since some of us were told to take pieces off that others had put on. This exercise had many applications, one of which is we are being fitted together into a holy temple (Eph. 2) and we are to build one another up.
When Matt came, he brought his friend Dan Fields, a brother in Christ, and a professional photographer with him. In the days before the Spiritual Emphasis Days, it was my privilege to take these men around the island so that Dan could capture the essence of the island. He also took many incredible pictures of our students and staff. You can view the more than 800 pictures he has posted (from more than 10,000 he took) at http://danfields.smugmug.com/