"In one word, incredible. After we got home, we got together with some friends who wanted to hear about the retreat. We talked for 4.5 hours straight about it, and we could have gone longer! It was really impacting to us and now we are seeing the fruits of it in our church/community, which is really exciting.
I was afraid that there would be an established culture with language, norms, expectations, etc. that we would not understand. And because we wouldn't understand them, we would feel isolated. I can say that we never once felt that way! The staff did such an amazing job of welcoming everyone with love. I noticed that a different staff member sat with us at almost every meal, which was really cool. Everyone on staff listened well and loved well. On top of that, the people who attended the retreat were so welcoming and loving. All that to say, the retreat far exceeded my expectations."
- David E., 18 inch journey retreat
“From the moment I pulled in, I felt welcomed - expected - even known, though I had not met anyone else before. Everyone immediately felt like family. I was blown away at how easy it was to immediately let down walls and defenses, and to realize there were walls in me that I never even knew existed. I knew that you had truly cultivated a community of safety, vulnerability, and authentic, Jesus-focused love. I feel that everything you did with us each day modeled the invitation of the Father. I did not feel pressured into doing anything. I was invited, and eager to answer the invitation.”
- Taylor, arkansas, 18 Inch Journey Retreat
"It surpassed my initial expectations. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I expected some worship time with some speaking/teaching, but loved how there were specific exercises and tasks to be completed within a given time frame (alone or in groups). I loved how we were challenged to proclaim our statements out loud, on paper, and even via art."
- Kate, 18 inch retreat
“I really didn’t know what to expect. I just knew I was supposed to be there. I will forever remember my time there as the first place that I saw Jesus face to face. I have been a Christian for a while but I have never seen him like I encountered Him that weekend.”
- Misty, Georgia, 18 Inch Journey Retreat
“The 18 Inch Journey has changed the way I'll see the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the rest of my life.”
- Kalin, Georgia, 18 Inch Journey
“Through the 18 Inch Journey I learned that my dependency on the Holy Spirit is essential.”
- Simon, Switzerland, 18 Inch Journey
“The level of professionalism and excellence surrounded by love was unbelievable. God confirmed and revealed so many things to me I was astonished at times and almost in a state of laughter. I know God set me up for some incredible experiences through Him and the staff.”
- David H., 18 Inch Journey Retreat
“My shut down heart was awakened by the loving hands of my Father.”
- Sarah, Norway, 18 Inch Journey
“It's made a space for the Father to speak clearly to me and reveal my identity.”
- David, Canada, 18 Inch Journey
“Personally I feel peace like never before. In the past I would be stressed and not know why, but now I’m learning to carry His sweet presence in a new way. We were greatly impacted and wrecked in a good way. We will soon be beginning to disciple and steward our worship community in our home through our church family; and we know being at the retreat was pivotal for knowing how to pour and serve our own community with excellence while pursuing Gods presence together.”
- Renee, 18 Inch Journey Retreat