So to start things off I ALWAYS felt unwelcomed and unwanted, whether I was with my family, friends or at church. It was just something that I felt internally, nobody else knew about except me. I put off going to weeklong (and every other encounter retreat) because I didn't want to be alone. I was in a tribe and I knew most of the girls were going and it was going to be awesome but that still didn't make a difference , my tribe leader Justine kept pushing for me to go, I kept turning her down, it wasn't important to me, and I didn't care how many times she asked, I WASN'T GOING! One day in the middle of class I received a text from an unknown number saying " if you don't take the chances I give you, how are we supposed to move forward?" in the middle of class in front of my professor I started to ball like a big baby!! I ran out and called Justine right then and there making an appointment to pay for Weeklong!! I ended up going and it changed my life! I realized that I have friends who don’t care what I look like, and leaders that want to listen, people who love me for me!! God changed me in less than five days, he helped me forgive people who have hurt me in my past, he helped me understand so many other things as well , but for the sake of time, all that I want to say is; YOU NEED TO GO!!! No matter what, no matter how you feel about it NOW, going will change your life and AFTER encounter you will feel 10xs better about everything and anything!