Students enjoy real rest and relaxation in New Mexico
A tour bus full of WBU students as well as a fifteen passenger van full of sponsors and their respective children embarked upon the Student Ministries’ annual Fall Break retreat to the Lifeway Glorieta Conference Center near Santa Fe, NM.
The over fifty person strong group utilized FBC Plainview and Wayland’s own lodging facilities in order to evade the ever-present hectic schedule of college life.
The retreat’s days were purposefully unplanned by director Donnie Brown and his thoughtful staff in order to allow students complete and total freedom to undertake as little or as much as they wished in order get refreshment from the daily grind against the renowned backdrop of orange and yellow leaves covering every inch of Glorieta’s rolling terrain.
Some students, such as seniors Keith Platte, Josh Milner, and Melissa O’Brien, opted to scale the infamous “Mount Baldy,” a six-hour round-trip hike. Still, other students jumped at the chance to spend the days doing next to nothing in order to enjoy the beautiful setting. For example, this reporter spent an afternoon enjoying a two-hour bath with the windows open to the cool scent of the New Mexican pine trees.
On Saturday, the entire flock reloaded on the faithful tour bus and swarmed the Santa Fe Square, enjoying the district’s elaborate shopping, unique art, and colorful locals.
Wayland-ers stuck out like a tree in Plainview as they raided every form of Santa Fe culture. From the Institute of American Indian Arts, to the jewelry dealers in the square, all the way down to the Banana Republic and the inescapable Starbucks, every nook and cranny of Santa Fe was Wayland-ized by the end of the day.
The retreat also included nightly worship services led by junior rejoice-member Jeremy Harris and Greg Northcut, the student minister as FBC Tulia.
Northcut spoke to the retreat-ers regarding letting God handle their burdens in faith as Harris led the group in musical worship.
When asked what part of the weekend stuck out the most to him, Donnie Brown said, “(It was) seeing students who wouldn’t normally hang-out together spend time with each other building relationships.”
Perhaps the largest success as well as most memorable aspect of the retreat comes in that context, students reaching out of their routine social contexts to enrich and bond with the lives of their often-distant peers.