Doug Goulding describes two shocking incidents he witnessed at the recent NCS National Retreat in Orlando that reveal the need for racial reconciliation even among NCS brudders. After transparently confessing the anger he felt when they occurred, Doug goes on to explain three keys that he believes can help bring racial reconciliation among followers of Jesus: knowing our true identity, awareness and forgiveness. In sharing these keys, Doug vulnerably describes some of hurtful experiences with racism that he has experienced or witnessed in his lifetime.
With extraordinary vulnerability, humility and courage, Chris York shares his battle with the generational brokenness of addiction, as well as the victory that has set free his children and generations to follow. In describing that battle, Chris reflects on the damage done to those he loved and on what he has learned about himself. He also explains his strategies for freedom and highlights how his wife’s remarkable forgiveness and NCS brotherhood were key components in the victory.
Mike Shoaf uses his own challenges during the past year to examine friendship as modeled in Scripture. He considers Jonathan’s friendship with David, Ruth’s friendship with Naomi and finally the friendship of Job’s friends. Shoaf reflects upon the various friends who “showed up” during his struggles–some looking like Jonathan and some looking more like the critical friends of Job. Shoaf explores the differences between various types of friendships, including friendships of convenience and friendships of sacrifice.
Shoaf also discusses what it has been like to be reunited with his father, who was homeless for 30 years.
The 2018 New Canaan Society New England Regional Retreat was held November 2-3 at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA. The theme was “Community Changes Everything”. This is Doug Goulding’s “Keepin’ It Real” testimony shared on Saturday morning. Doug was introduced by his brudder Paul Michalski.
The 2018 New Canaan Society New England Regional Retreat was held November 2-3 at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA. The theme was “Community Changes Everything”. This is Chip Skowron’s “Keepin’ It Real” testimony shared on Saturday morning. Chip was introduced by his brudder Rob Brinkman.