Interlude—A Debriefing Retreat for Global Workers
January 6–10, 2020
(registration will open in the fall)
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
The registration fees will be posted as soon as we choose a location for the January 2020 retreat.
For more information contact:
Barnabas Staff Facilitators
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.
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.
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).
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).