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Why Retreat?

The Bible Week falls under the 3rd week of January. All Trinitarians' academic tasks come to a standstill (lesser school lessons discussed) and emphasis on the word of God is given primary importance.

Why do we need to do this? With the overwhelming influence of distraction, busyness and entertainment it's so easy to drift away. That's why this week is very important because it gets the students centered again on the word of God and to put things in proper perspective.

The high school students went on a retreat because it's the only way to go deep. Retreats are a time for reflection, a time to rest in the presence of God, a time to confess our unworthiness before Him and to pray once more for the Lord to empower us again to have a life changing perspective.

Think about it. The son of God, the one who experienced intimacy with the Father took time to go on a retreat, how much we His people? How can we expect to deal with the nitty- gritty humdrum of our daily grind if we don't pause every now and then so as to take time for reflection, rest and most of all prayer?

Jesus had to withdraw from the crowd for a time in order to be quiet with his heavenly Father. In the book of Mark 1:35 it says that very early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. The Lord Jesus knew the time spent with His heavenly Father can rejuvenate Him, give Him peace of mind and can empower Him once again to face the people.

Furthermore, Mark 6: 31-32 says that Jesus invited His disciples to go with Him to a quiet place to get some rest. Overwhelmed by the crowd and the task at hand, Jesus knew that He had to back away for a time so as to take a breather and set His mind once again on the right track by simply spending time with His Father.

Being away from distractions, our minds eventually settle and our perspectives change. Yes, there are so many things that need our attention. But where do get our strength to face all these concerns? We get it from God who is the source of every good and perfect gift.

That's why the Bible Week is one very important event for all Trinitarians. Each department conducted activities: the preschool pupils went on a day camp, followed by a family day; the elementary department had film showings and series of talks about God. An outreach program to their adoptive school capped each departments' week.