Following Jesus in Today’s World: MGOCSM South East Region Fall Retreat concluded.
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For a spiritual renewal the South-East Region MGOCSM of the South-West American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church of India conducted its annual MGOCSM South-East Region Fall Retreat at Warren Willis Camp in Fruitland Park, FL. It was held during the Labor Day weekend; the retreat began with Evening Prayer on Friday August 30th, 2013 and ended with Holy Qurbana on Sunday September 1st, 2013. The retreat was truly a blessed and an eye opening experience for all the youth who attended. We were graced by the presence of Rev. Fr. Sujit Thomas from (Albany, NY) and Dn. Daniel Dennis Mathai from (Minneapolis, MN). The theme that these anointed servants of God focused on at the retreat this year was Discipleship taken from The Gospel According to St. Matthew 28: 19-20. “19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The youth learned a great deal about following Jesus and making Disciples in today’s world by attending workshops in Apologetics- “Defending the Faith” led by Rev. Fr. Sujit Thomas & Faith and Science – “Does Science contradict Christian Faith?” which was led by Dn. Daniel Dennis Mathai. Through Worship, Study, and Service we hope to see the South-East Region MGOCSM flourish in the coming years. Furthermore there was great attendance from various parishes all around the Florida area and for the very first time we were excited to have full attendance from the Tennessee parish. We hope to conduct this amazing event once again in the fall of 2014 God willing and we all look forward to it.