The following testimonials are what folks shared on a Sunday evening at the closing ceremony of different Via De Cristo weekends. Unfortunately, I couldn’t write quick enough to record everyone’s comments. But, their words below will give you an indication of what they gained by attending a VDC weekend. Two questions were offered for them to answer: “What does Christ mean to you now?” and “What have you gained through this weekend?” Some comments are from individuals, and others are answers from a consensus of 4-6 folks together.

Women’s Closing
He (Christ) meant everything to us before, but now we have the tools to return His love.

•We have a stronger God now that we can rely on than we thought.

I’m very excited to see what the Lord has in store for me now!

•Christ is longer just a fact in history, He is a friend.

•I have a renewed spirit, and an Ideal to go for; and with God’s grace I can achieve it.

•We have a deeper relationship with Christ. We know why God brought us here.

•I was reluctant to come, but it was a wonderful experience…people I will never forget. If you have the opportunity to come, don’t hesitate, just do it!

•Unconditional Love. It’s too easy to forget. We have a vision and a mission and want to pass it on. If I’m single my whole life, it’s OK because I’ve got the perfect groom.

•I learned what a personal relationship with God is.

•We learned that our faith needs to be renewed continually.

•Sisterhood & Friendship for a Lifetime. All that we’ve learned has just been amazing.

•What did we gain? Five pounds! God chose us to come to this weekend with these people. We have a closer awareness and closeness with Christ. Now we will reflect the face of Jesus!

•We gained a knowledge of what was always there for us….grace.

•It’s so much more than a “retreat”.

•We’ve seen so many examples of grace this weekend it boggles the mind.

•The power of prayer!

•Christ came into my heart and broke down walls.

•We experienced Christ’s love through our sisters.

Total and absolute acceptance of each of us by God, even with all of our faults.

Men’s Closing
We gained strength about the power of group reunions. I learned that the love between men and in the community is just awesome and I thank God for it!

•The term brother meant something completely different before this weekend. Christ is the son of God; we are sons of God, that makes us Brothers in Christ. It became ‘real’ this weekend. He is MORE than my Lord. Christ wasn’t just in the Chapel!

•A special God-thing happened!

•The weekend not only provided a path, but the purpose for the path.

•Awesome! Overwhelming! Unconditional Love! 50 new brothers. A feeling of power that pours through you in waves — love, tears. This kind of experience is indescribable. I have a network of friends I can call anytime for anything.

•He (Christ) is the center of our life. Brotherhood. Drawing and focus of your life. Re-invigoration, Action, Direction. I have been truly blessed. I felt many emotions. I was amazed, but most of all I was blessed.

•This was a great weekend to refocus and get back on the train tracks.

•I am humbled by the faith and love that was shown.

•This weekend clarified things in our life. It helped to understand by seeing and experiencing the love of Christ. It will make me a better pastor.

•A new beginning, a new hope for the church. What did we do to deserve this?…Nothing. John 3:16. I want to bottle up the way I feel right now. Hold me high and make me remember this weekend always!

•Christ wears flesh so much better after this weekend. It has been an incredible gift. The church is the hope of the weekend. This weekend is the hope for pastors!

•I overcome my fear of public speaking. My palms sweat so much I became dehydrated, but through all the hugs, I dried my hands.

•Via De Cristo is REALLY something special.

•It’s obvious God was in this thing!

•He (Christ) is also a guide and a support. He won’t leave us alone and boy am I glad!

•It’s been pretty powerful I don’t bear my cross alone. I feel fulfilled with the brotherhood developed this weekend.

•We all have a story and came here for different reasons. We learned that we all came together because of those reasons.

•I gained a lot of respect for God and others. I need to re-organize my priorities!

•I was able to be with God again. I was able to meet WITH Him.

Co-ed Closing
I’m renewed, we’re fresh in our faith

•I feel very excited about my future walk with Christ.

•God has moved me.

•He pierced my barriers and my heart is no longer stone. He pierced me.

•Are we going to take the easy way or be courageous enough to take the difficult way?

•Christ can handle anything we give him.

•God rocks more!

•The tools we talked about equip us for the problems of life with methods and processes so we can follow on our own spiritual journey.

Christ would love to see YOU at a Via De Cristo!

So, are you ready to be renewed, refreshed, and have YOUR God-bucket filled and overflowing with His grace and love? We have sponsors available if you don’t have one; also check with others in your church who’ve attended a VDC weekend. Please visit the FAQ and What is VDC pages for additional information.

If you are in doubt whether a Via De Cristo weekend is for you, pray about it!
If you are meant to attend, obstacles in your path will fall away.

Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

12Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

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