From Attending to Serving at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 15, 2012
  • Family Retreats

Sarah Meets with Family Retreat Dads to Ask Their Prayer RequestsSarah came to Family Retreat for the first time when she was only 12. At that time, she and her mother Kathy felt broken and discouraged. Today, with the support and encouragement they’ve received at Family Retreat, Sarah and Kathy are now joyfully pouring God’s love out on others, giving freely what they had been given. “Seeing Sarah’s giftedness in prayer, encouragement and mercy, we asked Sarah to be our prayer ambassador at Family Retreat,” explains Retreat Director Cheryl. “She was so excited to give back what she received so many years ago!” Every day at Family Retreat, Sarah prays with the prayer team. During the day, she finds a way to meet just about everyone – asking how they are and how she can pray for them. “I love to pray for people,” says Sarah with her infectious smile. “Knowing God is the best thing possible. He’s just incredible!” Sarah is growing leaps and bounds as she uses the gifts God has given her to bless everyone around her. Because of the courage and strength God has given her at Family Retreat, she has found her God-given purpose. As we gear up for more Family Retreats next week, please follow Sarah’s lead and join us in praying for each of the families attending – that lives will be changed and families will be strengthened!

Click to watch the TV episode featuring Sarah


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Dear Joni and Ken, I can't watch the video from Sarah we haven't applied adobe flash player on our computer yet, but I will. I did read your devotion today about Cindy. Your challenge of why don't we praise God more is humbling and convicting thank you. I'm writing today to thank you and Ken for inviting all of us on the chronological Bible reading in a year. My husband and I are there along with you and it is a blessing beyond description. We pray the congestion in your lungs is better Joni. We praise God for your ministry! Jim and Diane
  • June 19, 2012
  • 6:25 a.m.
  • Jim and Diane
Sarah's video reminds me of the crucial roles that Deaf people have played at various points in my life. At a low time of my life, when I had left my regular church, I continued to volunteer at my local Deaf church. The people there always welcomed me and supported me during this difficult time (which included a relationship break-up shortly followed by the death of my mother). I want to pay tribute to the Deaf people who loved me and accepted me and helped me through this time. And one further point - I'm now a serving mission partner in China directly because of the witness of a British Deaf man who has done missionary work over here.
  • June 19, 2012
  • 6:01 a.m.
  • Alison Capey
Dear Joni, This video about Sarah gave a great encouragement.How confined we are in our functioning,the Lord wants to use weak people to demonstrate His wis- dom in this broken creation.And it must be very special to visit A Family Retreat. A very humbling video it is.
  • June 17, 2012
  • 12:59 p.m.
  • San