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'Spiritual boot camp'

“Are you willing to have open-heart surgery on your spirit?” Lutheran Men in Mission director Doug Haugen asks. That’s what happens at LMM’s “One Year to Live,” a weekend “spiritual boot camp” for men based on the biblical story of Jacob.

What happens during the lay-led retreats is closely guarded, but the outcomes aren’t.

“I’m seeing an honesty among men — and God working in some miraculous ways,” Haugen said. “It’s changing men, changing families and changing congregations.” Contact Haugen at 800-638-3522, ext. 2566; or via email.


Comments

Jerry Paul

Jerry Paul

Posted at 10:45 am (U.S. Eastern) 6/29/2009

One Year To Live is a transformational men's retreat.  You may not remember what you did at the last church retreat you were on, but you will never forget the OYTL retreat.  I have been at several of these retreats and have seen the Holy Spirit work on changing men's lives and relationships with their faith and their familly.  I recommend it highly.

Norman Smith

Norman Smith

Posted at 11:22 am (U.S. Eastern) 6/29/2009

  I have worked with the One Year To Live (OYTL) retreats for a couple of years and it has made a difference in my life and I have seen it make a difference in the lives of the men who attend. I recommend that all congregations look at having men attend the retreat. The difference it makes for the families  and congregations of the men who attend is exciting also.

Bret Gardner

Bret Gardner

Posted at 12:08 pm (U.S. Eastern) 6/29/2009

 

After a life altering accident, in which I believe God spared my life, the opportunity to attend this retreat presented itself.  I was reluctant to attend... how much more personal growth did I need or want.  With the support of my wife, our pastor and brothers in my small group the Holy Spirit helped me push past my fears and uncertainties. 45 minutes into the retreat I thought I had made the biggest mistake of my life. As things unfolded and we worked the disciplined process, much to my surprise, great healing started to take place. In hindsight it was the best thing I could have done... so much so that I continue to be part of this ministry and am now engaged in a leadership role.  As my healing and growth continues I want to be there for other courageous men to help facilitate whatever God has in store for them. It is the coolest thing to watch the Holy Spirit in action. Please join us if you feel a change in your life's trajectory is in order and you want to connect with other men that have and are going down a similar path. You are not alone and do not have to be.

Fred Bohls

Fred Bohls

Posted at 2:53 pm (U.S. Eastern) 6/29/2009

This is a MUST for men at any place on their spiritual journey -- wheather you are trying to understand God or want to take a leap in your spiritual growth.  You WILL be a different person when you leave.....

John Balzer

John Balzer

Posted at 4:47 pm (U.S. Eastern) 6/29/2009

This retreat is very powerful.  You spend time with God and a group of like-minded Christian men.  You are challenged by God and by your group.  This caused me to get some things out of my life that don't belong there.  It also gave me a gift--Christ's light seen through me by several other men.  I highly recommend it.

Justin March

Justin March

Posted at 6:11 pm (U.S. Eastern) 6/29/2009

OYTL changed my life.    This retreat was the most powerful experience I have ever had.   There were so many things in my past that were keeping me from being the man that I knew God wanted me to be.   This retreat opened up these hidden parts of my life and made me face them with God so that he could heal and empower me to go forward with my life.   I have been so inspired that I have now led 4 retreats and watched the power of God's grace transform many Men's lives over the last couple of years.   You will never forget this experience- I can promise you that!!!

Brent Zimmerman

Brent Zimmerman

Posted at 12:44 am (U.S. Eastern) 6/29/2009

There's so many other good comments from others already, so I will keep this short.... if you ever have the opportunity to go to one of these retreats, GO, you won't regret it!

Bob Cano

Bob Cano

Posted at 12:41 pm (U.S. Eastern) 6/30/2009

I am 70 years old and have been to many retreats in my life time. However, this retreat by far has drawn me closer to the Lord and has given a clear vision of why God has put me on this earth. No matter what your age you can not help but coming away transformed in some way. Don't pass on this opportunity!

David Roberts

David Roberts

Posted at 10:39 am (U.S. Eastern) 7/1/2009

Like most men I used to have only passing conversations with other men at church.  Now I have meaningful conversations with my brothers in Christ, and I know that they are available to me at any hour of the day.

Jim Schieble

Jim Schieble

Posted at 11:11 am (U.S. Eastern) 7/4/2009

I have been to two OYTL's, first as a participant and then as a helper. I went to the first expecting to learn how to run a good men's retreat and came home refreshed by the Holy Spirit speaking thru many new brothers, men who I now know will hold me up in prayer when called and be present when needed.

John Matthews

John Matthews

Posted at 6:15 pm (U.S. Eastern) 8/28/2009

John C. Matthews - 8/27/2009

I will be attending the OYTL retreat this Oct. 16-18 in Arden, NC.and by then I'll be 61.   Reluctant? Yes!  Encouraged by my loving wife of 37 years,(she knows I'm searching for something) grateful.  Ready to meet the challange? Most definitely!  Expectance?  Whatever life deals.  I read this somewhere-' If I was arrested for being a christian, would there be enough evidence to convict me.'  After this OYTL retreat, I expect to say, 'YES LORD,' without hesitation. John 



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