Last weekend we held the annual Ladies’ Missionary Retreat at RMI’s Retreat Center in Zanglais, Haiti. This is the third year that Amy and I have organized this event, and RMI has been planning/sponsoring it for many, many years. This is a weekend the missionary ladies look forward to every year, and it seems the excitement has grown each year since I have been here. This year we had 40 missionary ladies in attendance: a record number for Amy and me!
Our theme was “Learning to Listen: An Invitation to Sacred Stillness.” Our speakers, Pauline McLemore, MS, EdS and Jama White, PsyD, came from the Chattanooga, TN area. The theme verse was Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” Throughout the weekend we were challenged to cease striving and be still before God, were given tools to aid us in listening to God during our quiet times, looked at Jesus’ example of engaging in ministry and relationships and then retreating for rest, and discussed the story of Mary and Martha. These are just a few examples of the Biblical “meat” we had the opportunity to feast on during the weekend. Just living life in Haiti is tiring and it’s easy to get caught up in ministry and doing. A weekend to refresh and bask in God’s Word was just what we all needed. The worship times were very meaningful. It is very enjoyable and refreshing to be able to worship and be taught from God’s Word in my heart language (English.)
Of course we all look forward to the fellowship! We had a good amount of down time worked into the weekend. We were able to spend that time with the Lord, relaxing alone or having fun with each other. We watched a movie on the big screen, played a massive game of Catch Phrase as well as numerous other group games, enjoyed the beach and the amazing view of the Caribbean, and just had a great time together. We had a planned craft time and decoupaged candle holders.
As much as we like Haitian food, this was a weekend free of Haitian food! Amy worked hard to create a special menu for us. We enjoyed a more “American” fare and definitely ate well! Amy also did a great job decorating for the retreat, making it feel like a very special event.
It’s weekends like this that make me thankful for this amazing community we have here in Haiti. I so appreciate these relationships and the opportunity to strengthen them.
Overall, it was a great weekend to refresh and rest our souls, to be still with God and have a good time with each other!