Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Women's Retreat

A couple of weeks ago I spent the weekend at Musana Camp for a women's retreat.  It was the first women's retreat ever held at the camp and was a wonderful time of teaching and refreshment.  On the journey there I was treated to the wonderful sounds of women's voices raised in song.  There was also plenty of banter as we shared snacks and juggled babies on the five and a half hour trip to the camp.  Once we arrived we joined in some games and activities which again involved much laughter and enthusiastic participation.  One of my favourites was one in which your team of blind-folded and then led around various obstacles by the leader. 
The teaching over the weekend examined what it means to be a woman and how we can live out our roles with meaning and purpose.  Perhaps the most moving part of the weekend was listening to the stories of women who have grown up with abuse and incredible hardship. The power of God's redeeming grace in their lives was very evident.  I also came away with a better understanding of some of the cultural practices and how they impact women's lives. 

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