Our multi-purpose building is far from finished, but it worked well for us. We rented chairs and held the sessions as well as some of the workshops here. Several mentioned that it was so nice to be "out in the open" like this!
Our very enthusiastic worship team did a wonderful job. It was so good to see the young gals playing guitar - the gal in the middle, Paola, also helped with massages, giving Joy a break on Saturday afternoon.
Our camp is quite rustic, but we like it that way! The small building in the back is our kitchen - not near big enough to cook for and serve 147 women, but the ladies did an admirable job making it work!
We set up the Jornada Espiritual "bookstore" in the amphitheatre. On the left is a "library" table where ladies could borrow books to read for the weekend.
Juanita (left) was chief cook, but had lots of willing helpers. We had some complaints about the food this year (not enough, not enough vegies, too many beans, etc.) but personally, I thought everything was luscious!
We packed gift bags with a pen, a small notebook, the message notes and the song sheets. The bags arrived late - so it was a rush job getting them filled quickly!
Ladies love having their nails painted! It was fun to watch - I didn´t participate! Except to snap pictures.
Some gals ignored all the workshops except scrapbooking! They LOOOOVE this activity! We´re almost out of materials, so will be looking for bargains this summer!
Joy Hutchinson from Midland, MI joined us again this year, delighting the ladies with massages. We gave Joy a break in the afternoon, so she could enjoy some of the other workshops. She was a special blessing to all of us! Thanks, Joy! You´re TERRIFIC!
The most popular workshop was the decoration of flip flops! Wow! Blanca, who was in charge, was amazed, and ran out of materials before everyone got their chance! What fun everyone had decorating and then showing off their flip flops!
Heather Hower was our MC par excellence. Her enthusiasm is catching!
Our speaker this year was Becky Muñoz. What a blessing she was, not only during her excellent messages, but in her relating to the gals during workshops and other activities. Thanks, Becky! This won´t be the last time we invite you to minister to us!
Ribbon decorating was quite popular. I tried my hand at it - NOPE, not for me!
Some of the gals from Iglesia Biblica Vida Nueva brought beautiful decor and we enjoyed it all weekend!
S´Mores! I would have gotten more pictures, but was so busy doling out "bonbones", Maria Cookies and chocolate - no time for pictures! And my hands were totally a sticky mess! This was a favorite activity! We couldn´t get the movie to work and still aren´t sure why. We did, however, get the powerpoint of the previous four years to work - finally - and everyone had fun finding themselves in the pictures!
Sunday morning devotions out in the open. Talia, above, great with child, is my co-worker Ivonne´s daughter in law. It was her first retreat - and won´t be her last! I´m sure of that!
Special diplomas were given to those of us who have attended all five retreats! An enthusiastic group!
By Sunday afternoon, some of the gals had left, but we were still quite a bunch! God blessed in a huge way and we´re already planning for next year - we had our first "evaluation/planning session" yesterday! Again, it´s such a privilege for me to work with Heather, Ivonne, Monica and Cristina (who wasn´t here this year, as she and her family are in Minnesota!).
Had to stick this picture in of Joy and Chely. For those who remember Chely, she´s one of my favoritest people in the world!!