Winter Chill

JT and I have the privilege every Sunday and Wednesday to help out with our youth ministry at church. A few weekends ago we kicked off the Spring semester by taking all the junior high & senior high to Pine Cove in Tyler, Tx for a weekend retreat: Winter Chill.

JT was the main speaker for the weekend and Cody Kimmel was the worship director. For those of you who have never been on a youth retreat, I'd like to share some words that will paint a picture for you. For those of you that remember youth retreats oh so well.... enjoy reminiscing :)

  • Traveling by bus
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, and luggage
  • Bunk-beds, cabins, leaking roofs
  • Communal bathrooms
  • Middle of nowhere forest camp
  • Ice breaker events: good 'ole toilet bowl diving & poop deck (see pics below)
  • Late nights with only 4 or less hours of sleep
  • Early mornings and no sleeping in
  • Crud wars
  • Crushes/relationships
  • Making new friends
  • Time with God
  • Small groups
  • Challenging sermons and powerful worship
  • God showing up and the Holy Spirit moving
  • Glad to be going home but wishing you could stay
  • Looking forward to the next...
Here are some pictures to tell of our time there. If you want to see all of them, go here


Lives were changed. God was praised. 

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