|The group during their ice-breaker activity. Photo by Zulma Ojeda|
|Pastor Rocio leading her session (which also included the above activity with the pillars of faith). Photo by Katie.|
The main session I led was about discovering leaders and discovering their Spiritual Gifts. I had a Spiritual Gifts inventory for the participants to each take, I was surprised to learn that of the whole group only 4 had ever taken something of the sort. The activity was very powerful and empowering as we talked about ways to discover gifts in others as well as in their congregations, and to utilize those gifts in ways that honor the needs of the church as well as the individual.
|Henry putting his stars (gifts) with the rest of the groups to show his gifts. This activity showed that together we make the church, together we are the body, and together we are stronger. Photo by Katie|
|Another purpose of this retreat was to bring the participants from the regions together to strengthen the regions and plan for how they will work within their regions this year.|
|Eastern Region: left to right - Teresa, Nancy, Belky and Maribel. (Photo by Katie)|
|Llanos (plains) Regions: left to right, Esmeralda, Lucila, Judith and Alba. Photo by Katie|
|Boyaca Region: bottom left to right, Maritza, July and Cristina, (on top the pyramid) Fenner. Photo by Katie|
|Central Region (this is the largest region as it includes Bogota). Photo by Katie|
During the closing worship, offering time, Zulma led an activity of commitment/offering. Every participant was given a sheet where they wrote their specific commitment to leadership (what areas they commit to serving). In their right hand everyone held their financial offering, in their left hand their leadership commitments. It was a powerful time as Zulma prayed and blessed these offerings.
|Offering time and talents, while Zulma prayed. Photo by Katie|
|ProFILE! Photo by one of the nuns at the convent where we stayed.|