2016 Dubai Retreat | Arrival & Fellowship

Posted on: February 22, 2016 Written by
2016 Dubai Retreat | Arrival & Fellowship
    Photography by: Leslie Walker      

Our guests have arrived and our anxious anticipation for their arrival has now been replaced with pure joy and love.

It was such a fun time greeting them as they walked through the doors of the hotel. They seemed so joyful and thankful to be here. I had the privilege of witnessing a mother and daughter, who work cross-culturally in different countries, embrace each other as they met in the hotel lobby. We as volunteers were already seeing how this retreat was going to impact, refresh, and allow them a time of rest.

The available slots for self-care options were filling up quickly, and one global worker wept in the lobby when she heard that she could sign up for a massage. Lydia, a volunteer, shared that one of the guests said, “When I walked in, it was so wonderful to see smiling faces because where I am coming from, although the people are good, it is also very somber.”

Our guests are arriving in so many different seasons. Some are in winter: exhausted, broken, and grieving. Some are in the joy of summer, excited to share how the Lord provided for them to get here and excited to share what God is doing in their lives and the lives of those they serve around the world. For some, their feet are tired and their souls are weary. I love how Thrive creates a safe haven for them. They can gather around other women who share similar experiences. We hear them say, “It feels so good to sleep in a warm, comfortable bed.” and “It feels good to take hot showers.” Another was just “so thankful for green vegetables.”

As we gathered in a room of over 115 women, we had an amazing time of sweet worship. The sound of beautiful, angelic voices lifted high unto the Lord. We saw them laugh and we saw their tears. I sensed the Lord saying to them, “Come to me, my weary Daughter, and I will give you rest.”

I believe through God’s good grace, the staff and volunteers of this retreat will be the hands and feet of Jesus for these women.

Will you consider joining us in prayer? Pray for ears to be open, hearts to love on them, hands to embrace with a warm and healing touch, and for our humility as we wash their beautiful feet, as Christ so lovingly modeled to us.

©2016 Thrive.



About the author

Melissa Periera currently resides in Bakersfield, California with her husband Jason. They have three kids, Collin (16) Alexa (13) and Hayden (7). She works full time at a construction & architecture company and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, working out, and serving at her home church. This is her first trip of this kind.

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  • Brenda Kubistek

    I pray for all of you ladies, may God’s grace, humility and loving hearts fill the eyes of the people you meet this week. My eyes have been opened to how AMAZING you ladies, sisters, daughters of the Lord are and I am so proud of each one of you, whether I know you by name or if you are a stranger.
    Pick up Gods sword of bravery, shine His love upon these faces of Dubai. Leave a mark, make a memory and Honor God.
    “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” ~ Isaiah 4:10.
    Prayers for all of you for a safe trip home.

  • Nancy Kelker

    Yes, I’ll be praying for all!

  • Todd Tessen

    Melissa Pereria,
    What an amazing Journal of your events. You are a special person and I am so honored to call you my friend and your Faith shines through in abundance. God Bless you and the women spreading our Lord’s word throughout the world. I pray for safe travel and can’t wait to talk to you about your journey. I am so proud of what your doing. You have truly inspired me to work harder as God’s child to minister his Love.
    God Bless you all.