“People were singing, shouting, and praising God with their hands held high. I had never seen such a large group of people my age be so vulnerable and be able to worship God so shamelessly,” said Hannah Gantt, junior lacrosse player from Ohio State University.
Over 150 college athletes from the Great Lakes Region gathered for a weekend retreat at the Sports Complex and Retreat Center (SCRC) in early February. The theme of the weekend was “Just BE.” Key speakers Dr. Rene Rochester and Dr. Ed Uszynski encouraged students to be broken, be loved, and be redeemed.
“These talks were amazing because I needed to be reminded that God will take you as you are, no matter what. We are all equally sinful. We are all broken hearted and not perfect. Seeing everyone come together and become so vulnerable with sharing their stories was so touching to be in presence of,” said Gantt.
The retreat provided space for corporate teaching and worship, one-on-one time with the Lord as well as men’s and women’s breakout sessions. In the nature of athletics, students also enjoyed a dodge ball tournament and battle of the sexes games throughout the weekend.
Many spiritual breakthroughs and victories happened at the retreat. “Going to Winter Retreat was confirmation for the guys that God is with them right now. We know many of them are going through hard times and every single one of these guys got something from God at the retreat,” Daren Daiga, a Wittenberg University volunteer.
The Athletes in Action SCRC is thankful to have hosted the Great Lakes Region of AIA Campus Ministry for this winter retreat, and are grateful for the opportunity to send out these student athletes back to their schools, teams and cohorts with a deeper understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“It’s easy to ask God to serve you all the time. When I pray I ask him for things. But he’s not here to serve you, he’s here to save you. How can we be all in? I can’t wait to go back to Wright State and tell the girls in my discipleship group how to be rich toward God,” shared Jamie Krupp from Wright State University.