Interlude—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.


Upcoming Retreats:

November 30–December 4, 2020 • Scottsdale, AZ
We’re sorry. We are no longer taking registrations for this retreat.

Franciscan Renewal Center
This retreat is for adult singles and couples.


January 10–15, 2021 • Jacksonville, FL
Registration is now open!

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Marywood Retreat and Conference Center
This retreat is for adult singles and couples.


Other Dates:
June 5–10, 2021 • Plymouth, IN
July 25–30, 2021 • Tulsa, OK (tentative)


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.


Testimonials

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

November 30–December 4, 2020
Franciscan Renewal Center • Scottsdale, AZ

This is a residential retreat. These prices include four nights’ lodging and all meals during your stay.
There will be a $50 non-refundable fee for all cancellations.

Single, shared room: $895
Single, private room: $1,095
Couple: $1,695

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January 10–15, 2021
Marywood Retreat and Conference Center • Jacksonville, FL

This is a residential retreat. These prices include five nights’ lodging and all meals during your stay.
There will be a $50 non-refundable fee for all cancellations.

Single, shared room: $850
Single, private room: $1,055
Couple: $1,575

For more information contact: 
Al Dyck
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Barnabas Staff Facilitators

Scottsdale Interlude; November 30–December 4, 2020



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Elizabeth and Al Dyck

Al & Elizabeth have lived in Europe for many years, and they currently live in Madrid, Spain. After several years of serving in Staff Care and Development for church planters, primarily in Europe, God is now expanding their ministry to other regions, in addition to continuing to serve in Europe. Al & Elizabeth focus on providing pastoral care, spiritual formation, character development, debriefing, leader development, mediation, and team building for global workers. They are convinced that the health and development of God’s servants has a direct influence on their resilience, impact, thriving, and longevity on the field.



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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.



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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.


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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.



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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).



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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 Winona Lake, Indiana, balancing various avenues of ministry—from one-on-one video calls to organizing and facilitating conferences and retreats. They are trained debriefers and certified as life coaches (CRM) and spiritual directors (Sustainable Faith).