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The Hobbit was a story that described the life and adventure of Bilbo Baggins, a Halfling who seemed contented with his life, living day to day doing nothing much, in the Shire. But stirring deep in his heart was a desire for great adventures. Little did he know that his life would change when he had a chance encounter with Gandalf and the dwarfs. His life would never be the same.

Sometimes, as disciples, our lives too can be like Bilbo. We seemed contented but deep in our hearts there is a stirring caused by the Holy Spirit. The fire that God has put inside us lies dormant. Even the powerful, young evangelist, Timothy, had to be reminded by Paul to fan into flame the gift of God (2 Tim 1:6).

During this retreat, we too saw a stirring of the hearts among our young disciples as God aroused their hearts through their own unexpected journeys. We went through the cave, Gua Tempurung. Even those who went through it before were surprised by some of the unexpected tracks. We slept in huts in a village campsite deep in the jungle areas. Coming from modern cities in Singapore and Malaysia, the conditions were truly new and unexpected. There were no air conditioning but God provided fresh mountain air that was clean and cooling. We bathed in icy cold mountain waters that chilled our bones. There was no Wi-Fi and Facebook, but we had We-Fellowship and Face to Face heart churning relationships.

We had all sorts of games, some requiring good navigational skills. We had learning as Chern Yang, Yvette, Patrice and Teck Ming taught us from the bible. We had fellowship with those we did not know well. Overall, we had lots of fun, excitement, learning, bonding, discovery of new skills, and deep reflections in our hearts.

This retreat was joined by the Malaysian, Singaporean, and some other S.E.A. region churches teenagers. Our hope is for this scripture to come alive in our lives and the lives of all the teenagers who venture into this retreat – coming home changed with godly habits.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (2 Tim 1:7)

We want to thank all those who helped and organized this amazing retreat.

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