Over the course of the retreat, I discovered that I loved these people! I loved their faith, their strength, their hope, and their compassion.
We played silly games to help them laugh (one of them was a fruit roll-up eating contest!).The team took care of their children during the retreat so they could dig deeper in their relationship with God and take time for relaxation, studying, journaling and prayer. Together, we experienced Ukrainian traditions, like drinking birch juice, soaking in the chan and steaming in the sauna together.
We found out that we came at a perfect time when they needed unity within their church.Many were experiencing some symptoms of burnout.
I learned that I want to be more like them.