A Debriefing Retreat for Global Workers
Please Note: Although we are respectful of the current restrictions on travel and large gatherings, at this time we are still moving forward with plans for in-person Interlude Debriefing Retreats. 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 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 a 14 day self-quarantine before attending, and all participants should monitor their health in the two weeks leading up to the retreat.
July 4-9, 2021 • Plymouth, IN
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
Join us for a four-day debriefing retreat designed especially for global servants engaged in cross-cultural ministry. Interlude is a time to reflect, process, and tell your story to experienced, trained debriefers as well as a small group of your peers.
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
Virtual Interlude Retreat
March 22–25, 2021 • 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Mountain Time, daily
~ Registration is limited to 12 adults ~
$300 per person
(there will be a $25 non-refundable fee for all cancellations)
How to prepare:
- While you will meet with facilitators and other participants virtually, we strongly recommend stepping away from your regular surroundings and routines for the duration of the retreat, at an air B & B or retreat center in or near nature.
- Although only part of each day will be spent on-line, plan to use the full day for reflection and individual activities.
- You will be asked to gather supplies ahead of time for certain exercises.
For more information contact:
Barnabas Staff Facilitators
Virtual Interlude; March 22-25, 2021
Terry and Nancy Todd
Terry and Nancy met in China in 2002 and after a long friendship were married in 2006. Before joining the staff of Barnabas International in 2008, Terry served with SIL for 22 years as a linguist and expert in Kurdish dialects, and Nancy served as an EFL educator in China for many years.
After joining Barnabas, they lived in Thailand for four years and served at The Well International Member Care Center as pastoral counselors, debriefers and retreat facilitators. They currently live in Colorado (in a cottage in the woods), and travel worldwide coming alongside global workers—listening to their stories and praying for their needs.
Their primary ministry focus is to encourage global workers to enter into deeper intimacy with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; thereby, helping them to thrive in their personal lives and professional roles.
They serve as Pastoral Counselors, Retreat Facilitators, Personal and Trauma Debriefers, Spiritual Director (Nancy), Members of the BI Interlude Debriefing Retreat Team, Conference Speakers, and a Writer (Terry).
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.
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.