2013 SE Asia Retreat | Worship and Preparation

Posted on: October 11, 2013 Written by
2013 SE Asia Retreat | Worship and Preparation
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DSC00669The Thrive Volunteer Team traveled to Bali to put on two retreats. With God’s help, we will provide encouragement through spiritual, physical and emotional refreshment for Global Women who live and work in this region of the world. Realizing our reliance on God, and with hearts full of love for Him, we set aside time during our pre-retreat days of training and preparation to worship and pray together. These special times remind us that the retreats are God’s responsibility and we are here to be His hands and feet as we care for those who serve Him.

DSC00597This morning, during our group training time, we each spent individual time in prayer. Later, we broke into three groups to share our personal concerns and pray for one another.

Besides worship, we are working! These few pre-retreat days are full of training and preparation for the retreats. This afternoon, we put together gifts we will share with the attendees. The buzz in the room was full of good cheer and excitement as we anticipate loving on the women we’ll meet in just 2 days.

About the author

Linda Swanson serves with Paraclete as a member care provider, retreat speaker and spiritual director. She comes alongside global workers to help them be effective in life and ministry. Via Skype, Linda provides spiritual direction for global workers. With her husband, Kevin, Linda served for 28 years with MAF, both overseas as a pilot/mechanic family and at headquarters in administration and member care. During eight of those years, she helped direct Fairhaven Ministries, a retreat center for clergy and global workers. Now, Linda lives in Englewood, New Jersey where her husband is a pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Their two children are married and they have two grandsons.

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