Walk With Jesus (WWJ) is a weekend spiritual retreat for young adults in the Center for Higher Independence (CHI) training program at Providence Place. The participants are young adults with a variety of disabilities, including deaf and hard of hearing. For some, this may be their first opportunity to learn about Jesus in a way they can understand. While for others, it will strengthen their relationship with Christ. There are a series of 12 talks which help the participants learn how to ask Jesus into their lives and then how Jesus can help them mature. The participants share what they learn through table discussions and group activities. The “dying moments” gives them time to “Totally Release All Sins to Heaven”. The prayer circle teaches participants how to pray and then practice praying. The closing ceremony gives participants an opportunity to express what they have learned during the retreat to those attending. These are only a few of the many different activities participants experience. This is a mountain top experience where the Holy Spirit touches not only the participants but also the volunteers.
- Agape: During WWJ there are different “gifts” given. These different gifts are given from the heart that represent God’s unconditional love for us. The abundance of food is one gift; others are little gifts that help the participants remember different aspects of the weekend; then of course there is what we call green agape ($).
- Notes: During WWJ we post notes, letters, cards, and posters from different groups to show the participants the support they are receiving from people they don’t know (another form of agape and God’s unconditional love).
- Place mats: Place mats are used for each meal. These place mats are created by different groups and will often relate to a talk that was presented prior to that meal.
- Prayer Vigil: WWJ prayer vigil is broken down into 30 minute time slots from 5:00pm Friday night until 5:00pm Sunday night. Individuals can sign up for one or more of the time slots, promising to pray for the participants and volunteers during that time slot.
- Scholarships : how many, how much, (how to pay?)- The CHI participants are not charged for attending the retreat. There are normally 20 to 25 CHI participants and $50 scholarships are needed for each participant.
- Donations: $$$ and materials needed- Monetary donations (green agape) is needed to cover talk agape, materials used for projects, meals, paper goods, chair & table rentals, and miscellaneous expenses.