The September 17, one-day, Indiana Ohio Student Retreat wrapped up well this last weekend.
Students from Indiana and Ohio universities heard presentations on origins, tolerance, and what it means to be 'human' from three different Ratio Christi staff. There was time for respondents after each presentation in the morning, an introductory mixer for meeting new friends and discussion tables with topic 'tents' for the three sessions. And a table for Larry Baxter for students curious about utilizing their faculty advisers better and ministry to faculty more widely.
After lunch we were taken on a tour of the rough neighborhood called 'the Avenue' by Pastor Tom Camp (Jeremy Camp's father) who pastors there with Harvest Chapel. Tom shared about the racist history of the Ave, the topless bar, drugs, dropouts, and crime and how he himself was part of that scene before trusting Christ. Neighbors on the Avenue now have vedgetable gardens, sheds they've build for storage, a 'sharing shed' for sharing resources, bicycle repair for children, the topless bar is now a Christian coffeeshop called 'Sacred Grounds - ReClaimed', members of Harvest have moved into the Ave with a family mission house, the church that had KKK carved into the door is now a 'Crossing' alternative Christian high school, tutoring and a midweek meal takes place where our retreat took place, and Habitat for Humanity and several other evangelical church leaders have a multi ethnic prayer meeting first from the upper room of the coffeeshop where you can see answers to pray at specific transformed properties, and now at the Junction House where the Retreat was held.