Dwight Nelson Speaks at Sunset Lake Re-Fresh Retreat

More than 400 people from across the Washington Conference and beyond gathered at Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson for the first-ever Re-Fresh Retreat on Sabbath, March 15, featuring Dwight Nelson and the music of For His Glory.

The idea for the retreat was born more than a year ago during a meeting of the Sunset Lake Camp board. Camp had always been a place for young people to come and meet Jesus. Staffers wanted to find a way to reconnect adults to the camp and give them that same experience of spiritual renewal.

The plan for the day was simple: Biblical preaching, inspiring music, and time for prayer and fellowship. Nelson’s preaching focused on God’s promise in Isaiah 43:18–20 that He “will do a new thing.” During three presentations, Nelson talked about the forgetfulness of God, persistent prayer and God’s passion to save lost humanity. A special kids' program on creation made the day accessible to young families.

The response from those in attendance was overwhelming. “You couldn’t have named the event better,” one participant commented. “I could feel my stress slipping away. I am leaving here refreshed.” At the close of the day people clustered in groups around the gym to talk or strolled around the lake, enjoying the last few moments of a memorable Sabbath.

Re-Fresh will be an annual event. Plans have already been made for next year’s retreat featuring Bill Knott, Adventist Review editor.

April 10, 2014 / Washington Conference