VENTURA, Iowa—For several years, Hispanic believers have enjoyed a weekend retreat, hosted by Baptist Church Planters, at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp. This year over 140 people attended the retreat Aug. 21 and 22. “How good it is to be spiritually refreshed, especially here in the midst of God’s creation,” said one attendee.
The retreat, with its three main sessions in Spanish and sessions for teens and children in English, spiritually challenged attendees through messages, music, and fellowship one with another. Christian books and music were also available for purchase throughout the weekend. The camp facilities provided opportunities for physical refreshment through water activities such as the “blob,” paddle boats, pontoon boat rides, and swimming in the pool, as well as basketball, tennis, soccer, a zip line, a maze, and train rides for children.
Miguel Quintana was the guest speaker. He and his wife, Ana, have been missionaries both in the States and in Latin America and are currently serving with Baptist Church Planters in a Hispanic work in Seminole, Florida. In the main sessions Miguel challenged everyone to be holy in their personal lives, homes, and churches. An additional ladies’ session led by Ana gave the ladies an opportunity to be spiritually encouraged together as well.
One attendee shared, “This retreat is very special for our church family. (¡Este retiro es muy especial para nuestra iglesia!) We don’t want to miss it!”
A special thanks goes to those who helped make this retreat possible, say Herb and Wanda Taylor, the retreat’s leaders and missionaries with Baptist Church Planters’ Hispanic Ministries: Phil Betz, director of Iowa Regular Baptist Camp, and his amazing staff who provided plentiful meals, great activities, and help for the nursery and children; Ana Lee Coleman, who taught the children during the main sessions; David Heckart, who led the three sessions for teens; and those who provided special music.