One of the highlights of The God of Hope Ministries is the annual Fall Alumni Picnic. This year we joined together on Saturday, September 10, at McKinney Falls State Park, just a few miles outside of Austin, in the group recreation hall and surrounding area. Besides the beautiful nature trails and swimming that the park offers, lots of activities were planned by the ministry. Several lawn games were set up, a photo booth with props was available, guess-the-amount jars were filled with M&Ms, skittles, animal cookies, and peanuts, and people bingo allowed everyone to get to know each other a bit more!
Sixty graduates, participants, and volunteers were treated to bountiful food: grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and all of the fixings; potato salad; chips; brownies and more. All of this was the backdrop for the main event which is reconnecting with each other as our released participants return to rejoice with the ministry and each other. From our graduates and dorm participants we heard moving stories of God’s faithfulness, of failures and successes, of challenges and blessings. We worshiped together and played together and enjoyed the pleasure of reconnecting and confirming our shared faith and goal which is living faithfully and gladly as children of our loving Savior and King.
Be sure to join us next year and share in the fun!