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June 24: Everyone's Here!

The first day of our Summer Legacy Retreat!

We are very excited that our Inheritance of Hope "family" has grown tremendously in the past 24 hours with the arrival of some amazing families to the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark in Lake George, NY. We welcomed families from all over the United States including Washington State, Nebraska, South Carolina, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Rhode Island. They were picked up from the airport, or drove to the Lodge, and were greeted by our wonderful volunteers who came from Georgia, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, North Carolina and Michigan to serve these families. Despite early mornings and long travels, all the families arrived with huge smiles as they admired the beautiful lodge and checked out the Indoor Waterpark complete with three huge water slides, a lazy river, a wave rider, and a kiddie playzone.

We met for dinner and a time to get to know one another. This was a priceless opportunity to share personal stories and learn more about each other. The children, ranging in age from 4-19, had some time away from their parents to interact with each other through activities and games. Some of their comments during this time were:

"Everybody has been so welcoming and accepting from the start...it's really great!" -- (Stephanie, age 18)
"This day has been LEGIT! I think God has a purpose for each of us being here." -- (Noah, age 15)
"The highlight of my day was making new friends and meeting new people." -- (Erika, age 12)
"I thought it was really cool seeing a sign at the airport with our family's name on it. It felt good to have someone there and knowing they will be here for me." -- (Kaitlyn, age 19)
Laura and her family were unsure they would make it to this Legacy Retreat due to her failing health. We are so thankful they made it! As Laura headed to bed for the night after her very long day she said "As hard as it was for me to get on the plane, it was so worth it already! I expected the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat to be a beautiful experience but it has already far exceeded my expectations!"
This is only Day #1!!! Just wait for tomorrow.....

Next Update: Six Flags Fun

Volunteers preparing for the arrival of the families
 

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