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1,500 young people in Biloxi to have fun and grow in their Christian faith

Youth from a Houston Church are on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a retreat. (Photo source: WLOX News) Youth from a Houston Church are on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a retreat. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Members of a Houston church said their youth retreat in Biloxi went so well last year that they're back again with hundreds of young people. Beach retreat is a mixture of having fun and growing in the faith.

Twelve and 13-year-olds are having a ball in Mississippi. They made the trip from Houston with Second Baptist Church for the church's annual Beach Retreat.

Associate Pastor Eric Hystad said, "We have the beach toys on the beach. We have recreation tournaments that we plan. It's a blast. The kids have a great time. We work hard to make sure that they have the best time of their life."

Not all of Beach Retreat is fun and games in the water and sand. The young people also spend time reflecting on their Christian faith.

"We get to lay our towels down and read the Bible and have silent sounds for 30 minutes every morning and in the afternoon," said 13-year-old Ben McDonald. "So we get to spend some one on one time with God."

While there are many group activities, church leaders make sure they give each of the 1,500 teens some one on one time.

"We all know that having that relational encounter with somebody where you can talk about what's going on in your life is important," said Callie Clayton. "A lot of these students don't necessarily have that at home or it's kind of hard to trust a friend, but we hope that they know, here they can share what's going on in their lives and they can find some encouragement for what the Lord can do."

Students said with all the negative peer pressure they face it's nice making friends their age who also want to make good decisions.

"Because they don't pressure you into doing the wrong thing," said McDonald. 

Second Baptist Houston officials said last week they held a retreat for the high school students.

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