“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light” (Colossians 1:9–12).
We’ve been to Spring Canyon so many times over the past 12 years. Almost all were Air Force Academy cadet retreats. Three things stand out in all these. First, relationships are built at Spring Canyon that carry on for a lifetime. When cadets spend a weekend together at Spring Canyon worshiping the Lord, learning from the Word, and having fun just being together, something significant takes place. I can’t explain it, but I can assure you that they grow in their love for each other and those relationships are deep and long-lasting.
Secondly, it is so encouraging how God uses Spring Canyon and the USAFA retreats to reach into cadet’s hearts. God uses these times away from the hectic life at the Air Force Academy to set a new course in people’s lives. At the moment, it never looks like a big change. But, He uses small course corrections that, over time, result in a spiritual maturity that might not have ever occurred.
Lastly, fun and relaxation happens! Spring Canyon is a great place to unwind from normal cadet duties, have some fun and relax. The Talent nights pull my emotions in so many directions. I laugh so hard at the humorous skits. I cry as my heart connects with a song or poetry or scripture presented by very talented cadets. And always, I’m impressed by the versatile talent that lies hidden in the cadet world, but shines out with power at a Spring Canyon talent show night.
Acts 20:24, says, “But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace.” My prayer is that many will recognize that God has blessed them with the ability to help financially in order to finish the improvements at Spring Canyon. And they will realize that through their financial giving, that they are enabling many more people to engage with the gospel of God’s grace!
—Steve Wade, Lt Col, USAF (ret) OCF Field Staff at USAFA