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Week in review Jan.26

Erik Snyder - Sunday, January 26, 2014

Week in review

Over the weekend some students, taking advantage of the Colorado terrain, journeyed to Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park to do some backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Sunday everyone attended the various churches they are calling home for the year. After church and some lunch everyone begin getting dressed in the 1960’s -70’s fashions for the student life activity ‘Flash Back Bowling’ before going to the lanes. Over thirty students went, either dominating their lane, or deciding to just laugh and have fun with it.

Monday came and lectures with our usual teachers commenced, as well as the beginning of lessons about the Feasts of Israel taught by Wayne Weissman. With each of his sessions, we learned about the history of Israel in order to understand the Feasts and to see how they all relate to Christ.

Hiking and skiing all took place on Tuesday afternoon. By the time they got back, those who had gone had stories to share, and were exhausted.

Workday commenced Thursday afternoon, and afterward students relaxed over dinner before heading out for a Family Night. Staff houses opened to their student families for an evening of no concern for studying, but rather, they enjoyed activities and games in one another’s presence.

Everyone is getting into the routine of learning from the classes, but also having their minds opened to having fun with their brothers and sisters in the faith. A worthwhile endeavor for the remaining time we have this year

- Brittany Alsum

 

Week in review

Erik Snyder - Sunday, January 19, 2014

Week in review

Kick started the first full week back with student planned Fellowship night, where one of the family groups of students organized a fun evening of pirate themed dinner followed by worship together. Laundry day resumed on Monday, while Tuesday invited students to enjoy the Colorado scenery with snowshoeing. Student council also organized game night on Wednesday with large group games and continued afterwards by breaking off into smaller groups to play board games of choice. Overall, it’s been an exciting way to officially start off the new term.

- Brittany Alsum

 

Frost

Erik Snyder - Saturday, November 02, 2013

Frost

This last week we all woke up to a pretty amazing and beautiful frost.

Camping Trip

Erik Snyder - Saturday, October 19, 2013

Camping Trip

Although it is good to get off our little hill known as Ravencrest, adventure is never certain. Road trips have a tendency to drag out without the right company, and even with good company it can get old and tiring traveling in a car for hours at a time. Fortunately, the company was pleasant and it took longer for any thoughts of jumping out of a moving car to pop up. By the time our vehicles to arrive at our campsite known as Chalk Creek, the sun had decided to leave the sky and we had to get our extravagant dinner of hot dogs and beans together in the dark while others set up tents. To say the least, the first night was chilly. But the morning made up for it when the sun rose into the sky and warmed us through for the activities of hiking, rock-climbing, and hot springs (which would not have been affected by if the sun was out or not). With our sack lunch in hand, we went about our day in union with one another. At night we were reunited for another meal, huge bond fire, which some opted to sleep by that night while one student stayed up to keep it going and discussions about what God had spoken to us. The second night was likewise chilly. If by chilly the thought of potentially having your toes fall off crosses one’s mind, and the actuality of clothes laid out to dry forming ice in the fibers so you can hold up a shirt and have it resist falling into its natural cloth-like state. Needless to say, going into the camp’s bathroom and warming one’s self by the hand dryer was a common theme. But as we got moving for breakfast and prepared to head back to our hill, the sun came back to warm our bodies. The drive back was easier to handle than the way there, as most were ready to crash into sleep lost in shivering the night before. Another few hours and we were back, Ravencrest welcoming us home with a flurry of snowflakes and fresh coat of white over the pines and ground. As we organized everything packed in cars, a warm meal awaited us consisting of roast beef, potatoes, salad, and vegetables. The camping trip had its hard moments, but together as a community, we overcame it and went through the trials together, overall strengthening our newly found friendships.

- Brittany Alsum

Cody Gavin

Erik Snyder - Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Cody Gavin

Hiking to Isabel Glacier was both a physical experience and spiritual one.  Seeing God’s beauty in the mountains all around with the subtle streams and lakes was pure euphoria.   Sometimes in order to lose yourself in Jesus completely you need to get away from everything of the world and see firsthand what God has painted on this beautiful canvas we call earth.

-Cody Alan Gavin

 

First Weeks

Erik Snyder - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

First Weeks

The first weeks of school have been so amazing; to see the young people that God has brought he becoming a family so quickly is a joy to witness. As you know Colorado and Estes Park have experienced some quite severe flooding and with that the aftermath and mess that it has left behind. Many homes were damaged, and the two main highways in and out of Estes Park are gone. The one that is least damaged their hoping they’ll have it back up to some regard by the beginning of December. Even with all of the damage and destructing that the flood has caused God is still God and God is still good, and he still gets all the glory. It’s been so encouraging to see the church as a body stepping up and being the hands and feet in this time. The students arrived here at Ravencrest right at the beginning of the rain and flooding, once it all stopped and the sun was back out, the students not even being here a week were already eager to get to work helping the community rebuild. What a witness! That is what the church is all about. That’s what Jesus is all about. Restoration. These students not even here 7 days, this place not yet their home (though it will become their home), eager to serve. Helping to clean up homes and sandbag driveways these students, your students, the students you’re praying for showed this community what Ravencrest is all about. Seeing the Lord glorified even in the face of disaster.

Flooding

Erik Snyder - Saturday, September 14, 2013

Flooding

Just so that everyone is aware. Ravencrest has been minimally affected by the flooding. Being up on Pole Hill has saved us from the many hardships facing so many others in the area. Currently the phones (both cell and land lines) are down, and the two main ways out of Estes are washed away. Please be in prayer that the damage does not worsen, and for the families of those yet lost to the flooding and folks that will have to in the coming days and weeks deal with the aftermath of all the damage.

End of a Season

Erik Snyder - Monday, August 26, 2013

End of a Season

Well the summer season is finally drawing to a close; the summer camps have all come and gone and now so too have the adult retreats. There were so many blessed by the retreats and we’re working very diligently to get the audio from the retreats out to those that ordered it. Before the school year begins again (there is still time if you’d like to attend) we’ve got a couple of more laid back weeks here. This next week we’ve got our ‘off site’ staff meeting to go over how the summer went and prepare for the school year, and this next weekend we’ve got our staff retreat where we will be going over to Timberline our other Torchbearers center here in CO. It will be a great time to relax and spend time fellowshipping with other staff, not as co-workers but as brothers and sisters, as a family. Please continue to remember us in your prayers, as we transition from one season to the next.

Finishing the Summer

Erik Snyder - Saturday, July 20, 2013

Well today marks the last day of our summer camps for the year. It’s been a crazy ride but so amazing to see God working in the lives of so many young people, from all over the country. After tomorrow the last of the students leave and adult conferences begin. The first one being ‘Recharge’ our ministry to men July 26th- July 28th with speakers Chris Thomas, the general director of Torchbearers International, and Dan Thomas who is the director at Timberline our center in Winter Park CO. For ‘Refresh’ our ministry to women the following weekend Aug. 2nd- Aug. 4th we’ve got Jill Briscoe, an international bible teacher and author who has been in ministry for over 50 years. Too finish the summer out ‘Renew’ our ministry to adults from Aug. 5th- Aug. 11th at a weeklong it will be the longest of the conferences. Speaking over the week will be Stuart and Jill Briscoe, authors and ministry leaders. Then in September bible school starts again here at Ravencrest. We are still accepting applications for this next school year, though space is limited. If you are interested in attending bible school here at Ravencrest this next year, please get your application in soon as space is filling.

Ravencrest News Letter

Erik Snyder - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In case you've not seen our latest news letter or aren't yet on our mailing list to receive it, here it is for you.

http://ravencrest.org/PDF/RC_Newsletter.pdf

 

 


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