2014 Winter Middle East Retreat | Sharing

Posted on: February 15, 2014 Written by
2014 Winter Middle East Retreat | Sharing
    Photography by: Mary Ellen Payken      

DSC04811Just as this morning’s crisp, rain-cleansed air greeted us in Antalya today, the volunteer team hopes to provide the women coming to the retreat a cleansing, renewing experience. In assembling the wonderful gifts we brought for the attendees,  I couldn’t help but think of the many gifts each volunteer hopes to share. The gift of prayer, counsel, beauty  and fun will be even more meaningful than the physical items wrapped up in bows.

Our hotel faces the Mediterranean Sea. The ebb and flow of the waves represent the past as we walk the same locale as some of the forefathers of our faith. The unchanging ocean shows us that our work for God goes on. May He bless the women on our volunteer team and the attendees as each one gives the unique and special gifts she’s been given to share, contributing to what God has been doing in this region for centuries.

©2014 Thrive.

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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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  • Brooke Hansen

    I am not too savy on the computer but I hope someone sees my message. My daughter will be attending the current retreat.. I am so excited for her. There are many women here in Southwest Florida that are praying for the volunteers and those sweet women attending. Thank you for making this retreat a possibility for these precious women. Brooke

    • Linda Swanson

      Thanks for letting us know, Brooke! We are so excited for the attendees to arrive and so appreciate your prayers!