March 20th, 2010
Mujeres de Virtud Hispanic Women's Retreat
Lake Champion, NY
We performed for the Hispanic Women's Retreat in Lake Champion, NY. After having class and a quick rehearsal we all piled into the van along with Mr. & Mrs. Rollinson and Deborah, Rachel's sister who was visiting. It was a tight fit and there were a few 'interesting' seats but we all fit! It was a 3 1/2 hr drive through the NY countryside with some beautiful scenery. We arrived at the retreat center and set up, we were able to have more space on the stage then we originally thought which was really good. After getting everything ready we had some time to spare so we walked around the lake and took pictures, it was so beautiful and peaceful there! We performed Alive, Lifesongs and our new Spanish Dances.There were about 60 Hispanic women and a few younger girls as well; the majority of them did not speak much English. They especially loved our Spanish dances, which were really fun to do! :) Mr. & Mrs. Rollinson introduced Lifesongs, Ashley closed the program and I shared my testimony. For all the speaking we had an interpreter and everything went very well. For our last song, we did simple arm movements to I Surrender All, the songs stared in English and then switched to Spanish and we had the ladies join us. It was a really powerful time of worship and so beautiful to see the women stepping out of their comfort zone and worshipping the Lord in a new way. After that we were available to pray with people and many ladies came up for prayer. There were a lot of prayer requests for healing and family members. I was able to talk with a group of young girls, and encourage and pray for them. We were blessed by the prayers of some of the ladies and the encouraging words spoken to us. They were so touched by our coming and by what the Lord did. After striking we ate a nice dinner that they provided and then headed back to Syracuse at 9:40pm, we arrived back at the studio at 1:20am after a long but fruitful day. I feel so privileged to be used by God to share His love with others!