02 Oct Lahash retreats foster vision and community
In early September two groups assembled in two locations nearly 10,000 miles apart. There are currently two Lahash communities – one centered in Portland, Oregon and the other centered in Dodoma, Tanzania. The teams were gathering to share in the annual yearly Lahash retreat where adults and kids share in times of prayer, worship of God, discussion of vision and goals, and enjoy some delicious meals and games.
This year’s theme was Justice, Mercy, and Hope. Various team members would share meditations on the themes in order to challenge and inspire the whole community.
The group in Oregon met at a Christian Camp on the foggy coast. The Oregon beach is known for it’s cold and grey skies, so most of the time was spent indoors. The group did take some time to hike and play on the beach one of the days. Interspersed into the reflection times were moments of sung worship led by Casey Schilperoort.
Both retreats were notable this year with all of the kids present. The babies being born are exciting additions, and the team constantly is working on modifying gatherings so that a variety of ages feel welcome.
Halfway around the world the Dodoma team was led by Edwin Angote and held at a guest house in Tanzania’s capital city. The weather was drastically different with warm sunny skies and sandals present as opposed to the boots and coats back in Oregon! Lahash ministers in East Africa with established partner ministries and churches – but there are several staff and travelers from Lahash that currently live in the region working with the partners. This team met up in the center of Tanzania for a similar and simultaneous conference.
Both groups discussed and planned for the upcoming year of service of East Africa’s vulnerable kids.