A Debriefing Retreat for Global Workers

Please Note: With the sudden shifts in life and ministry brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, we know that debriefing is needed now more than ever. In the case that we must cancel due to heightened COVID restrictions, we will notify participants as soon as possible, and registrants will receive a full refund. Our prayers are with you as you deal with the uncertainties of these unprecedented times.

Participants coming in from overseas are asked to observe the current CDC guidelines regarding quarantine and COVID testing.

Our Next Retreat:

August 21–26, 2022 • Plymouth, IN
at the Lindenwood Retreat & Conference Center

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Other Upcoming Retreats:

October 9–14, 2022 • San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid), Spain
at the Hospedería de Santa Cruz

This retreat is for global workers serving in Europe or the MENA region. Facilitation and materials will be in English, so a high proficiency in English is recommended. Individual Spanish-language debriefing will be available on a limited basis.
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January 8–13, 2023 • Jacksonville, FL
at the Marywood Retreat and Conference Center

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When a person tells his story and is truly heard and understood, he undergoes actual changes in his brain circuitry that corresponds to a greater sense of emotional and relational connection, decreased anxiety, and greater awareness of and compassion for others’ suffering.

—Curt Thompson, M.D., Anatomy of the Soul

What will you do at this retreat?

  • Reflect on relevant life questions in a safe environment
  • Share and process your story with experienced, trained debriefers
  • Participate in debriefing activities with a small group of peers
  • Integrate past challenges and successes into your life story
  • Begin to look toward the next step of your journey

In the mornings, you will participate in a brief devotion related to topics such as Jesus as the master debriefer, surrender and forgiveness, grief and loss, and change. These will be followed by individual and small group activities designed to facilitate the telling of your story.

In the afternoons there will be opportunity for individuals and couples to tell their story to Barnabas staff members who are trained and experienced in helping you process and integrate your ministry story.


Here’s what recent participants had to say about the Interlude debriefing retreat:

“Interlude was such a restful, restorative week for my husband and me to not only reconnect away from ministry, but to really unpack and process our time on the mission field. Grace broke some new ground in our hearts this week and poured new life into parts that were tired and even dead. The path forward seems so much more hopeful, more clear and more possible! Highly, highly recommend!”

“I came to Interlude dry, weary, fearful of opening my heart, and skeptical that good could come from this retreat. Five days later, I leave renewed and restored, rested, confident in Jesus’ love for me, hopeful and unafraid for whatever He brings into my path as I leave this holy place. Thanks, Barnabas!”

“I didn’t want to come to Interlude, but I am so glad that I did. God used this retreat to do amazing things in me. Thank you Barnabas for putting it on.”

“This week was just what I needed, at just the right time. It was such a blessing to feel so known and understood and cared for. Everything from the beauty of nature surrounding us, to the variety of ways I was able to express my story, were blessings to my soul. I’m so thankful to have had this time before heading back to my place of service.”

Cost and Fees

August 21–26, 2022
Lindenwood Retreat & Conference Center • Plymouth, IN

This is a residential retreat. These prices include five nights’ lodging and all meals during your stay.
In the event of a cancellation, there is a $100 nonrefundable administration fee per person.
*Cancellations within 2 weeks or less of the retreat will be charged 50% of the registration fee.*

Single, shared room: $925
Single, private room: $1,125

Couple: $1,725

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Payment in full is required to complete your registration, so please have your credit card handy.

For more information contact: 
Deborah Wise
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Interlude Facilitators

Plymouth, IN, Interlude; August 21–26, 2022


Sarah Anderson

Sarah is delighted to exercise her calling to spiritual direction and care of missionaries within the context of Barnabas International. Her passion is for facilitating spiritual growth, and she loves coming alongside global workers to encourage them. She uses her MA in Spiritual Formation (Wheaton College Graduate School), and her certification as a spiritual director (Christos) to offer deep soul listening and discernment. She and her husband, Mark, served as global workers in France for twenty years. They have three children, two in-laws, and four grandkids.


Brent and Connie Gregory

Brent and Connie Gregory love missions and missionaries. Together with their two sons they served for ten years on the mission field in the Brazilian amazon, and experienced the “good, the bad, and the ugly” of missionary life. Among other responsibilities, they served their mission as member care facilitators for their last 3 years in Brazil. After leaving Brazil in late 2014, they completed a one-year missionary care internship at Heartstream Resources in Pennsylvania. They then settled in central Illinois and began providing missionary care for their church and the missionary community at large. In March of 2018 they joined the staff of Barnabas International and continue to provide pastoral care to missionaries around the world.


Bess Farrel

My name is Bess Farrell. I like to first identify myself as a Beloved woman of God before I move into the roles I have played and the journey that God has invited me into in life. I am a single woman sharing life, a house, and often ministry with another single woman, Brenda, who was a missionary coworker for over thirty years. I was trained as a nurse and served in that capacity in the jungles of Peru for three years. I served as a church planting missionary in Mexico City, Mexico for 28 years and now have been back in the states for 4 years. I like to say that my missionary career was more about what God wanted to do in me than what I could do for others or what he wanted from me. Currently I am retired and enjoying a very full ministry in leadership roles in our local church. In this season I feel my calling is along the lines of Spiritual Direction or Accompaniment. I enjoy being with people, hearing their stories and listening together to the Holy Spirit as we explore and discover God’s presence and action in their lives.


Scott and Joann Richardson

Scott and Joann joined Barnabas International in 2020 after serving in Lebanon, where they offered pastoral care to Youth for Christ Lebanon and pastored ICC Beirut (International Community Church). In the 1990s, they worked together in campus ministry in Colorado, and co-pastored a church plant in Romania. Their career backgrounds also include experience in the marketplace: Scott as a software engineer, technical product manager, and training manager, and Joann as an occupational therapist with a specialty in early childhood intervention and sensory integration. They also homeschooled their two daughters, who are now married, and Scott and Joann are enjoying a new phase of life as grandparents, making their home in Indianapolis, Indiana. As shepherds with Barnabas, they are delighted to walk as spiritual companions with global workers and national leaders through online calls and on-field visits, retreat facilitation, debriefing, spiritual direction, coaching and training, especially in this challenging season for leaders around the world.


Kevin and Kathy Rowe

A metaphor for our ministry would be “servants commissioned to the service of temple repairs.” King Solomon built a temple for God in Jerusalem. However, the people rebelled and stopped worshipping the one true God. God’s presence left the temple, and he allowed their enemies to damage or destroy the temple at different times.

Then King Jesus is sent to restore the temple by his death on the cross. The presence of God returns to the temple. But this time the temple is not a building. The people who follow the king are now the temple. Temple repairs will not be complete until the return of Jesus in the future. God has given Kathy and Kevin the skills and talents to assist in temple repairs.


Steve and Deborah Wise

After 13 years of ministry together in Cambodia as church planters, Steve and Deborah took a year-long sabbatical to consider what God might have next for them. Through rest, spiritual refreshment, and a significant time of debriefing, they clearly felt the pull to continue investing their lives in others—specifically those in cross-cultural ministry. Acting on that vision they joined Barnabas International in 2014 and began building a ministry in member care. They are currently living in Palmyra, PA, balancing various avenues of ministry—from one-on-one video calls to organizing and facilitating trainings and retreats. They are trained debriefers and certified as life coaches (CRM) and spiritual directors (Sustainable Faith).

 Please be in prayer for us as we prepare for this retreat!