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Young adults from across Ohio get immersed in the book of Joel, learning about its prophetic message. Photo credit: Sam Salinas

Ohio Young Adults “Immerse” in God’s Word at Retreat

Story by Tom Albrecht

Earlier this year, more than 60 young adults from across Ohio gathered at the Camp Mohaven Conference and Retreat Center in Dansville for the first Immersion conference where they spent the weekend actively learning to study the Bible, not passively listening to a speaker. Designed by Edward Marton, conference youth director, the event instructed attendees in the methodology of proper Biblical study. Organized into groups of eight, the study session was left to the young adults to practice what they learned.

Attendees studied the book of Joel, and leaders report that all came away with a better understanding of how to study the Bible, as well as a deeper appreciation for the book of Joel and its prophetic message.

Young adults came from many parts of Ohio, including major cities like Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, and from smaller, rural churches as well. The Bible study fostered a positive atmosphere, and at Sabbath outings after studying, the young shared testimonies about how God is working in their lives. Many shared their personal journeys and victories through the power of God. At the end of the testimony session after sharing the story of their romance, one of the young man proposed to his girlfriend.


Leaders say the result of Immersion is a universal sense of community and spiritual growth, with attendees looking forward to continuing regional young adult events, along with next year’s gathering. For information on upcoming events, visit and—

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