“Elevate” was the theme for this year’s Greater Summit teen prayer retreat at Glacier View Ranch, and the presence of God was truly felt. About 80 teens and sponsors attended the long weekend retreat on Jan. 13-16. Speaker for the event was Jessica Rios from Campion Academy who presented powerful and honest messages that resonated with the young people. Praise and worship was followed by a time of Bible study and conversations that solidified the challenging message that had been presented.

We also enjoyed a host of activities including snow tubing, winter hiking, swimming, table games, dodgeball and Bible studies. Jade Teal, RMC assistant youth director, led a blanket-making project for a local children’s hospital. The blankets made during Greater Summit will go to children in need of a blanket.

The weather was cool at times, but the fellowship was warm and nurturing. Sponsors and participants alike were so thankful they took the time to attend this event. Many of the participants were already talking about coming back next year! We are grateful for the support of the faithful people in the Rocky Mountain Conference that allows our youth department to offer events like Greater Summit. With your generosity, prayers and support of ministry efforts like Elevate, and by God’s grace, we will see the fruit of our efforts both here and in the kingdom of heaven. Thank you for partnering with us in ministry in the RMC!

Brandon Westgate is youth director for the Rocky Mountain Conference.