A Debriefing Retreat for Global Workers

Our Next Retreat:

January 8–13, 2023 • Jacksonville, FL
at the Marywood Retreat and Conference Center

Registration is now open for this retreat.

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Registration deadline: December 15
Payment in full is required to complete your registration, so please have your credit card handy.
See below for 2023 Interlue pricing.

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Upcoming Retreats:

July 30–August 4, 2023 • Plymouth, IN
at the Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center

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

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

2023 Pricing

for all US-based retreats
Single (shared room): $1,000
Single (private room): $1,215
Couple: $1,800

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Interlude Facilitators

Jacksonville, FL, Interlude; January 8–13, 2023


Craig and Jennifer Curell

Craig and Jennifer Curell met as missionaries in Lima, Peru in 2003. They have been living in Jacksonville, FL since 2006. They worked at a local church in Jacksonville for 7 years before they joined Barnabas International in 2014. They love walking alongside of families, couples and individuals who are serving Jesus all around the world. They also have three children of their own, Amelia (12), Luke (10) and Ava (8).


Kerry and Neltia Henderson

Kerry and Neltia Henderson were born and raised in Greer, South Carolina. With their sons Drayton, Isom, & McCain they left to attend Southeastern Seminary in 2001 and then left for the mission field in 2003. They went to serve in East Africa for 12 years in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Sudan. In 2015 Kerry and Neltia along with their boys returned to the states where they joined Global Frontier Missions. While at Global Frontier Missions they helped train missionaries and also provided member care for staff and students. As empty nesters now, they are serving with Barnabas International providing Member Care for missionaries internationally, helping them be resilient as they go to the nations with the gospel.


Paul and Maribeth Niager

Paul and Maribeth Niager have been in membercare with Barnabas International over 20 years, and so enjoy the privilege of coming alongside global workers, whether that be through leading workshops, speaking at staff gatherings, doing debriefs or having a cup of coffee. While desirous of being an encouragement to this missions community they are very aware of the reciprocity of being deepened in their own faith walk by hearing the stories of others and where/how the Father has met them. They are based in Jacksonville, Florida and have two adult daughters, Natalie and Valerie. Their ministry, while based out of Florida, is a global focus with missionaries around the world.

Both the Niagers have Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling under the teaching of Dr. Larry Crabb and Dr. Dan Allender. While they travel abroad visiting missionaries on their turf, the bulk of their work involves coming alongside missionaries by giving them a safe place to share their experiences from the field.


Dr. Nairy O

Nairy is a Cross Cultural Pastoral Counselor moving around the Middle East in the last few years. She has served as a global worker for 25 plus years. Before Member Care she served in university student outreach in the Former Soviet nations and the Middle East. Since earning her doctorate in 2011 in Pastoral Counseling, God has led her to be a counselor to those who are full-time on the field. She has one book entitled “Now, Can you Trust Me?” about her daily life on the field in Armenia. She has taught and written numerous articles on other Member Care issues.

When Nairy is not in an airplane she enjoys fitness, biking, table-tennis, painting watercolors and sitting on benches in art museums. She resides in her home state of Maryland.


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!