Students and staff from the Globalscope El Oasis campus ministry in Santiago, Chile, enjoyed a challenging and inspirational retreat at the ocean in late May.
Lukas Fortunato, a member of the CMF Globalscope team, says that although they have been doing these retreats every year since 2003, “this retreat ranks up there with our best. In the past month it seems like lots of new students have been coming through these doors (at the campus ministry site) and staying and inviting their friends. As a result, this retreat had a lot of new faces, and a retreat is the best time to really begin to feel like you belong.”
The highlight of the weekend occurred on Saturday afternoon when the group gathered in a circle on the beach, sang songs, listened to some stories, read Scripture and then baptized three of the students.
“Rodrigo, Flavio and Jonathon left their old selves behind and came out of the water brand new,” said Lukas. “The Pacific got its name for being calm, but on Saturday, maybe it was excited along with us, because it was as choppy as we’ve ever seen it. But nothing would stop these three guys from completing this journey.”
The three young men braved the wind and waves and took a big step of faith, while the rest of their community applauded them from the shore. “This is why we do campus ministry,” said Lukas.