MRO’s Merry Friendsmas
If you were there in 2016, it’s easy to remember how this “thing” got started. Craig and Michelle Boronow invited former MRO staff to their Wolfeboro home for the very first MRO Friendsgiving. We packed out every nook and cranny…kitchen, fire pit, living room, dining room, even the garage! Our crew included Windfall rafting guides, MRO staff, both old and young, and a few staff that had worked at MRO before Craig became Director. Even though it was a cold overcast day, it didn’t matter, we had a great time. We enjoyed catching up with each other, laughing together, and reminisced over our shared MRO experiences.
Last year we changed the timing to after Thanksgiving…hence, Friendsmas (and it was a great excuse to break out those crazy ugly sweaters). Between former staff, spouses, and kids, sixty of us took over the Brookwoods Dining Hall for the afternoon. Peter Newton cooked turkey and everyone brought their favorite side dish and dessert. Sounds just like Thanksgiving, right? Folks traveled from California, Virginia, Boston, New York and Maine via planes, trains, and automobiles. This bond that we’ve created, laboring together at MRO to show campers Christ and teach them from God’s word, has become something greater than just friendship. It’s family. And just like we travel for Thanksgiving without thinking twice, MRO Friendsmas is the same, definitely worth the trip to New Hampshire.
The best thing about Friendsmas is the best thing about MRO: The people! Each year the staff that attend Friendsmas changes just a little as work and life will change circumstances. This year will be no different than the first…we will catch up, play some crazy games, and hear how God has been working in each other’s lives.
If you’d like to join us, RSVP here www.facebook.com/events/2037682219856238/ Don’t forget your ugly sweater and favorite Christmas swag!
Looking forward to seeing you!
Seth Coates, MRO Director
P.S. Brookwoods and Deer Runners, if this post makes you camp-sick, Winter Reunion is coming up! You can register here.