2016 Colorado Retreat | Contagious!

Posted on: July 12, 2016 Written by
2016 Colorado Retreat | Contagious!
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This is my third time to serve as a volunteer at a Thrive Ministry retreat, and each time I attended in the past, I longed to share the experience with one of my dear friends. It is almost impossible to put into words the range of emotions and experiences that happen over the course of the nine days volunteers are on site. I wanted some of my girlfriends to experience this sacred opportunity themselves.

A couple months ago I invited some of my friends to join me in July so I was elated when I discovered my friend Angie Bessenbacher had submitted her application to volunteer at this retreat. She wasn’t even sure what it was all about, but she trusted me when I told her that it would be a very special time of ministering to global workers. It has been so fun to watch her as she’s met and mingled with the other volunteers. She has been blessed and impressed by the previous people and the program. Our attendees arrive soon so she hasn’t even experienced the best part yet! She told me last night when she gets home she’s going to talk to the leaders in her church and the mission board about these retreats and persuade them to support this very important and needed ministry. I think her enthusiasm will be contagious and next time she will be inviting a girlfriend to join us!

©2016 Thrive.



About the author

Judyann Gallego-Leonard, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, lives in Lincoln, California. She enjoys spoiling her 10 adorable grandkids who call her “GG” and her four married children. Judyann has a private practice, does Critical Incident Debriefing, and is an adjunct professor at William Jessup University. She believes her eight years of working with military families around the world and her many ministry experiences have prepared her for this new chapter in her life. Judyann considers Thrive a place where her passion, experience, and giftedness will come together to encourage women and glorify God.

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  • Jean Ann Walth

    Love this Judyann and so happy proud that Angie could go along and donate her very self to this event – to these warrior women who need encouragement.
    Thanks for keeping me in the loop. I’m praying that those who refresh will be refreshed…Proverbs 11:25 – “The generous will prosper;
    those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”