This retreat was definitely very different from the rest. Quite honestly, the other Hi-C Executives and I were a bit worried leading up to this retreat regarding how involved the Hi-C would be. We really wanted this retreat to be different from the rest, for the Hi-C to come together and get to know each other more. We had planned a sharing time for the last night, where we would take turns sharing anything that was on our mind. We weren’t able to do this, however. Because that night, during the prayer time following our last evening service, Simon brought us all to tears. As the music was playing and the lights were low, Simon started to pray for us and also gave us time to pray on our own. I had actually started to tear up during the sermon, trying to hold back my tears, until I heard the guys around me sniffling. I then let it all out and began earnestly praying. Our Hi-C shared an amazing time of prayer that night as we went around the room praying, crying, and laughing for one another. It was a first. Completely going with what the Execs, as well as Simon, had hoped for, our Hi-C members were able to take off their masks and truly come together. What made this connection stronger is that we weren’t becoming closer through worldly factors. We were coming together as a loving community in Christ. Although we may come from such varying backgrounds, we are able to be united through one common aspect: God’s love for us. I truly believe that Hi-C has started to open up to each other after this retreat, and I hope that throughout this coming year, the future Execs and Simon will be able to guide the Hi-C and continue on this path towards becoming one loving faith community.