Who painted pictures, baked bread, sang songs, and climbed a mountain this weekend? I did.. .along with 69 other women from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands!
Our 2012 ladies' retreat was a big hit as we celebrated what it means to be made in the image of the one true God! We hunkered down in picturesque Whangarei Heads at the base of Mt Manaia, overlooking the surrounding bays. As you can see from the photos, the scenery was to die for! But beyond the fun times and fellowship was a very real sense of God's presence, which was invaluable.
We enjoyed inspiring testimonies and speakers, times of prayer, delicious meals, and many activities that gave us an opportunity to exercise our creativity just like our Creator God. :-)
This is now my second annual NZ district ladies' retreat and I count it a privilege to have been part of this once again, further solidifying relationships that began over a year ago when I first moved to New Zealand.
As one of the organizers, I have to admit that planning for such an event can take it's toll on your system. Perhaps we all shared a little more than just love and sisterhood this weekend.. .maybe a flu bug as well.