Taking a Break to Expand your Faith

Written by Kiara James

March 11, athletes from the University of Sioux Falls, Augustana, SDSU, USD, and Black Hills State partook in a spiritual journey, which allowed them to disconnect from the world and grow their relationship with Jesus by learning various ways that He guides you throughout life.

USF Women’s Basketball Guard Molly Lutmer gave an insight into what the weekend consisted of. On the first day of the retreat, the athletes heard from a former football player. He explained that his traumatic childhood had taken him down the wrong path. Although, through this journey, he found the Lord and through his reflection was presented with the gift of public speaking. Ephesians 2:8 states “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” His life had been surrounded by darkness, though he chose to see the light in any situation with the help of the Lord.

On the last day, the athletes broke out into small groups to discuss how the Lord is present within various topics and placing Him within your life in a consistent manner. They also discussed the struggles that occur with the Lord when you shut him out when He is needed most. After breaking out into small groups, the athletes hiked through the Black Hills furthering their connection with the Lord.

Lutmer’s takeaways from the trip were, “It was a cool experience meeting other athletes from different schools and learning about their relationship with the Lord and how they use their platform in their sport.”

“I really enjoyed this spiritual journey. It allowed me to further my connection with the Lord while guiding others in His path.”

Photos courtesy of Molly Lutmer

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