VENTURA, Iowa—The Men’s Retreat at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp “was a refreshing time of fellowship, fun, and feeding on the Word,” says Tim Capon. Capon is state representative of the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches, which hosts this annual retreat.
The event began Friday, Aug. 26 with a pre-retreat golf tournament organized by Jim Plorins of Ankeny (Iowa) Baptist Church. “It is really a fun time of fellowship and at the same time a great event for serious golfers, saved and unsaved alike,” Capon says. Participants received prizes at the end of the game, including golf clubs, rounds of golf, and hole-in-one sponsors.
Capon says the golf tournament “is a well-organized event, with a real desire to reach unsaved golfers with the gospel. Knowing that some unsaved golfers may not stay for the rest of the Men’s Retreat, or even for the Friday evening session (although I know of some who did!), Jim wants to be sure that they hear the gospel at the golf course, right after the tournament and before the prizes are announced.”
Plorins invited Capon to share a devotional at the tournament. He says he “was thrilled to have the opportunity to present Christ to the unsaved friends that had golfed with us that day.”
Following the golf tournament, a trap shoot at the Ventura Gun Club was the first official activity on the schedule. The rest of that day and the next day, the men enjoyed a zip line, archery, indoor and outdoor climbing walls, pontoon rides, paintball, canoeing, kayaking, and more at the camp.
Chapel sessions on Friday and Saturday were led by speaker Dave Peters, pastor of Hagerman Baptist Church, Waterloo, Iowa, and worship leader Chad Hol, pastor of Missionary Baptist Church, Carlisle, Iowa. In addition, Steve Little, president of Baptist Church Planters, challenged everyone from the book of Philemon to live out their faith in the culture they live in.
Plans are already under way for the 2017 Men’s Retreat with speaker Jim Tillotson, president of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary.