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 the current CDC guidelines regarding quarantine and COVID testing.

Our Next Retreat:

January 16–21, 2022 • Jacksonville, FL
at the Marywood Retreat & Conference Center

This retreat is for adult singles and couples. Join us for a five-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.

We’re sorry; this retreat is full.
Please consider the options below as an alternative.

Also Upcoming:

April 24–29, 2022 • Tulsa, OK
location TBA

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

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

January 16–21, 2022
Marywood Retreat and Conference Center • Jacksonville, FL

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: $1,130

Couple: $1,700


For more information contact: 
Deborah Wise
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Interlude Facilitators

Jacksonville Interlude; January 16–21, 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.


George and Connie Blake

After being rescued by a good Father in 1973, George and Connie Blake have been involved in ministry and missions ever since. They first served overseas in Austria and later in the Philippines for 13 years. During their time in Southeast Asia they were involved in what became known as missionary member care. They consider it their life work.

After returning from the Philippines in 1997 they worked at Colorado Christian University. In 2000 they were invited to Mission Training International as directors of pre-field training, all debriefing programs, and trainings about debriefing. Following a fruitful 17 years, they became staff with Barnabas International in 2017, an organization they first experienced personally as missionaries while still serving in the Philippines!

George and Connie have three adult MK’s and five beloved grandchildren.


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 (11), Luke (9) and Ava (7).


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.


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 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).