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Cru’s Fall Retreat Beyond ‘Life-Changing’


From multiple institutions, but with a single focus, scores of students retreat to a scenic campground.
From multiple institutions, but with a single focus, scores of students retreat to a scenic campground.
Gathering in worship to start the day
Gathering in worship to start the day
Communing with nature at the peak of autumn are (from left) alumnus and Cru intern Caleb G. Schirmer; Penn College students Jacob C. Snyder and Timothy L. Pegg; and, from Liberty University, Todd Robatin.
Communing with nature at the peak of autumn are (from left) alumnus and Cru intern Caleb G. Schirmer; Penn College students Jacob C. Snyder and Timothy L. Pegg; and, from Liberty University, Todd Robatin.
Penn College's Michael J. Schaeffer, of Cogan Station, joins students from other colleges in a challenge to build the tallest free-standing balloon tower.
Penn College’s Michael J. Schaeffer, of Cogan Station, joins students from other colleges in a challenge to build the tallest free-standing balloon tower.
Competitors gather in a large field in preparation for the next event.
Competitors gather in a large field in preparation for the next event.

Nearly 100 students from Penn College and a number of other institutions gathered for this month’s Cru Susquehanna Valley fall retreat at Mountain View Bible Camp in Danville. Students experienced a refreshingly fun time through team-building exercises, notably called “Crunger Games” – a spinoff from “The Hunger Games” – outdoor activities and worship sessions, among other pursuits. Students also enjoyed fellowship over meals generously served by camp staff. Two first-time attendees left with something greater than themselves, as related by Caleb B. Schirmer, in his second year as a campus field ministry intern for Cru. “I was nervous about going, I had never done a retreat before, but the moment that I got there, I felt so welcomed!” one student said. “There was an immense amount of love in the air during the whole weekend and I left with such a renewed sense of spirit and purpose. It wasn’t just life-changing for me, it was soul-changing.” Another, a Penn College student, said, “I went to fall retreat with the intention of getting closer with a community that is open-hearted and supportive. When I left, I had received something far more than that. It was a great growing experience and an amazing way to get connected with a community of lovely, crazy and fun people!”
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

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