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Immersion Retreat

Immersion is a required event which occurs one week prior to the start of every Fall semester at a retreat center in the mountains of North Carolina. It is a total “immersion” in God, community, and FIRE’s spiritual culture. This key time provides a great opportunity to build relationships with other students, FIRE staff, and faculty members. It also serves to lay a foundation for the upcoming semester. A similar event is also held before the start of each Spring semester, and takes place in the Charlotte area.

Recent Student Testimonies from Immersion

At Immersion I felt that God took a group of complete strangers and made us into Family. It was great to see everyone praying for each other, encouraging each other and pressing forward together in the Lord. We are now really FIRE Family.~ ~ J. S.

At Immersion God really began the foundations for me to become a part of the FIRE family. The sense of community was so awesome and real. I know it was real because it has carried over since then, and into the school year~ J. M.

God brought me out of my shell and helped me to realize that it’s okay for me to open up. I found new friends who have quickly become like family. I realize that I am never fighting alone I have brothers-and-sisters-in-arms fighting with me! I loved it!~ K. R.

It definitely brought a peace in my heart regarding being at school because of the love and unity we experienced. God spoke to me about some themes He was teaching me and would be teaching me the whole year. Worship was amazing and I felt the presence of God. It was great! The ladies in the kitchen were incredible servants and they really blessed me! ~ D. M.

At Immersion God really stirred my heart for deeper unity in our body at FIRE. Such a love for my brothers and sisters came over me that this has been my burden this trimester. ~ E. M.

God brought unity among the students in a way I hadn’t seen before. Personally, I was set free from a lot of pressure and condemnation.~ ~ J. G.

At Immersion the Lord was speaking to me about family and being in the Family of God. The Lord did a lot to unify my class in love and peace~ A. A.

Immersion was an absolutely incredible experience. The first year class built such unity and a sense of family. God really showed me just how much He values me. It is an experience that I will never forget..~ ~ D. C.

Immersion was such a blessing. The first night I went up for an altar call to get prayed for to experience the love of God. From that point on, my spiritual eyes were opened to see the acts of His love in my life and it gave me a new understanding of His intimate affection for me.~ ~ C. C.