A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

I Am Sombody Because God Loves Me

posted by Linda G. Howard

What do 200 people with special needs, their pastor, area directors and volunteers do after a four-day weekend at a rustic retreat?  There is only one option–collapse.  Thanks to Ladybug Photography, here are few of the pictorial highlights of our week at Life for Youth Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.  This year our participants ranged from the age of 18 months to 80.  Our theme was “I Am Somebody Because God Loves Me.”  So many of our volunteers brought their children that we had to provide a children’s cabin.  We had Vacation Bible School for the 13 children.


Smiles all around.  Everyone is happy to be back at Retreat/Camp Agape.  It’s a family reunion.



Brian and Julie are ready for their special time together.


The Chicken Walk?

More chickens? Or Elvis? Either way, loads of fun.

Is this a chicken or Tim?

Rev. Richard Stimson, Special Gathering Executive Director. He is not mean. He is only focused.

Together worshiping the Lord

While I'm not a craft person, EVERYONE else is.

Their mothers came to Camp Agape when they were this age. Now the moms are volunteers.

My niece, Tarah, had the privilege of shadowing Matthew.

Thanks to LadyBug Photography by Tarah Risher for the great pictures.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rimali87 Lindsey

    These pictures are great! I’m so glad we have these to look back on! The small amount of time I got to shadow Mathew when Tarah wasn’t hogging the job was definately a life changing experience for me!:) Just kidding Tarah! It reminded me why I have a heart for our guys at Special Gathering and why I want my girls to be involved with them. I can’t wait to go next year and every following year and I can only hope I get to shadow Matthew again!!

    • http://specialgathering.wordpress.com Linda G. Howard

      Thanks, Lindsey. I hope you will be able to come and Matthew will be there, if he has a choice in the matter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ladybugphotography Tarah

    I had such an awesome weekend! I was so blessed! Spending that time with Matthew has forever changed my life for the better! It is a weekend I won’t soon forget! I will definitely find a way to come back next year! <3

    • http://specialgathering.wordpress.com Linda G. Howard

      It is amazing that people spend thousands of dollars to go on a missions trip when we will allow them to have a alternate-culture experience for free. It only costs four days of their time. Thanks so much for coming and for spending time with our members.

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