REFLECTIONS ON CULTIVATE

I had the opportunity to take three students to Cultivate, which is our convention's college Spring Retreat. I had two student leaders and one new believer attend this year. Cultivate is a great way for students and staff to meet up, encourage one another and hear how God is at work in New England. I'm grateful to serve many great students and to serve with a wonderful network. Students were challenged through large group worship sessions, where they heard about the "Unpopular God." They also were a part of "Tracks" where they heard more in-depth of what it means to be a student leader, to grow in their faith and to discover who God is by answering tough questions. – Rhiannon Barnett, collegiate missionary, Castleton University, Castleton, VT

The week before Easter, we were able to take some students to the annual New England Students spring retreat, Cultivate. Several universities are represented there, and the students hear great preaching and teaching by several leaders in the area. This year’s topic was Unpopular God. A common misconception is that the Bible contradicts itself because the Old Testament God is mean, but the New Testament God is loving. Our students were encouraged to see that God has always been holy and loving because that is who He is. In the breakout sessions they were equipped to read their Bibles well and to share the Gospel from any book in the Bible. – Kenny Long, collegiate missionary, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI