Forty-six of our CREW middle and high school students headed to Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center in Lynchburg this fall for their retreats. Brock Morgan, a national youth speaker, challenged the students to not listen to the lies of guilt and shame, realize that they were worthy to God and that the hope of the gospel was for them even if they felt they were far from God. Carter Thornton remarked, “I have been going to Eagle Eyrie since seventh grade and it has changed my life spiritually and emotionally. I have become a more open person from going and meeting random people and my faith in the Lord has grown through these new encounters. I thank my church and Eagle Eyrie for making it possible and will definitely miss it (since this was my last year).” The middle school retreat had cold weather but the time of worship and small groups was incredibly powerful. On the high school retreat our students were up front in the auditorium and participated with excitement in everything offered. The joy though, was almost all our students either recommitted their lives to Jesus or accepted Jesus as their Savior! “I’ve been to Eagle Eyrie 7 times now, but each trip is unique and full of adventure. As I’ve gotten older I’ve begun to take it to heart more as it has truly had a lasting impact on my faith journey. Eagle Eyrie is a worldly reminder to continue on my personal spiritual race. This year, the food was amazing, the speaker was outstanding, and while the weather was cold, the hearts were warm. I’m overjoyed to have been able to attend one final time as a student, and I pray they continue to do works in the lives of teens for time to come,” Jake Brown. These retreats are a highlight of our Student Ministry and your prayers and support are a gift to each student that attends.