Time to Fast Forward
by Naomi Jackson
The coastline of Portugal was the backdrop for the 2016 OCI Leadership Retreat held May 2-7. Approximately 185 attendees gathered to reflect on how God has led in the past and how He is guiding into the future with the theme Fast Forward. This year’s retreat drew a larger crowd from Europe, which gave the audience the opportunity to hear of the efforts going on in the United Kingdom, France, and the Muslim arena. And as usual, attendees were blessed by the opportunity to fellowship and network with likeminded believers as we look to the soon return of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Following the Leadership Retreat, our hosts, the Portuguese Association of Preventive Medicine (VitaSalus), coordinated an excursion to Lisbon, Penela, as well as other scenic cities along the journey. Participants listened to the history of Portugal, learned about the origins of cork, and purchased souvenirs as a recollection of their travels. The highlight was hearing the inspiring story behind the Portuguese Association of Preventive Medicine from its president, Viriato Ferreira.
The 2017 OCI Leadership Retreat will be held at Cohutta Springs Conference Center in Georgia in March of 2017. Stay tuned for more details.
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