Answer the Call Ministries
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Updates Archives 2010-2014
HFMM Annual Retreat (pictures)
We had an awesome turn out for the missionary retreat. The day before the retreat, I took the guest worship ministers, Brad & Rebekah, to the Valley of Angels. Then we all (staff) arrived at the retreat center a day early to get everything set up. The registration went smooth with missionary name tags and membership cards to room assignments to signing up for workshops. The workshops on Friday were a huge success: missionaries wanted more time, the information was valuable, for some it was the most beneficial part of the retreat, and they would like to see them offered throughout the year. My workshops were: Reentry (Preparing for Transitions), Setting Boundaries, and Dealing with Gringos and Catrachos. Some of the responses were:
Most beneficial part of retreat
I had 8 one-on-one counseling sessions which ranged from just listening, to loss and grief, to vision mapping. Pray that missionaries follow up to receive the care that they need (some need a missionary debriefing, burn out assessment, and continued vision mapping).
Our family loved the time away, rest and relaxation, and kid and youth ministries throughout the weekend. I did not get much rest or downtime, so before we drove home on Sunday, we hung out with some missionaries and had hamburgers on the grill. For me, that was just the pause I needed at the end before returning home.
Loss & Grief
I met a missionary who is grieving the loss of a teacher’s daughter to dengue and another teacher’s husband to a violent crime. Another missionary was in the States when her uncle passed away. I sent her some loss and grief worksheets to help her and her family, but have not heard how she is doing.
A missionary came to the care center for two days. We were able to process the changes in her life this year, expectations, stress, self care, stages of life, identity, and anxiety.
Harlem Gospel Choir (pictures)
Katarina had an opportunity to sing for the Harlem Gospel Choir at Discovery School and hear them sing and then attended a music workshop at a theater in the city. In addition to being amazing singers, the group was very open about their profession of faith (seeds were planted!).
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