An Old Friend | 2018 Mexico Retreat

Posted on: April 24, 2018 Written by
An Old Friend | 2018 Mexico Retreat
    Photography by: Sarah Link      

Fifty-seven global women streamed into the Westin Hotel this afternoon. Buses, taxis, Ubers, and husbands dropped off a beautiful array of royal daughters. Excitement filled the air as smiles lit up the lobby. One woman commented, “I just can’t stop smiling.” Eager volunteers offered hotel tours and helped each woman decide which type of soul care her heart needs most.

One particularly poignant moment happened for an attendee who serves in West Africa. She shared with the large group that Thrive retreats have not yet come to her area so she’s been waiting for one to work out. God finally opened the door to attend this Mexico retreat while she’s currently on home assignment. As a single, she was concerned about being alone and having trouble connecting because she’s working in a very different setting than those serving in Mexico. But, low and behold, the first person she sees when she walks into the Westin was a Thrive volunteer who used to work in West Africa years ago. Tears welled up in her eyes as she embraced an old friend. She was not alone. God’s timing was perfectly precious.

©2018 Thrive

About the author

Yvonne Biel is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating Moody Bible Institute in 2007, she moved to Vienna, Austria where she lived out one of her dreams teaching international students about God through math and Bible classes, art and design, sports, and mentoring. Now, she is pursuing another dream of working in Church ministry while finishing her MA Degree in Christian Formation and Soul Care at Denver Seminary. In her spare time, she enjoys sipping on coffee with dear friends, exploring the mountains and playing competitive volleyball.

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