Greetings from somewhere in the United States! We are nearing the end of our furlough and want to give you a quick synopsis of what we have been up to these past four weeks. As we mentioned in our last update this month’s blog would be shorter than normal as we would be on furlough…so here goes. We left Haiti on September 19 and spent a night with good friends in Florida before flying to to Michigan. We spent four days at a retreat in Holland (MI) right on the shore of Lake Michigan at a place called Camp Geneva
. The retreat was put on by an organization called Potters Inn
and part of program they call the Soul Care Institute
. This program will be a two-year journey which will include six, four-day retreats wherein we receive some teachings on caring for our souls and have dedicated time for silence and solitude in a setting that provides space for reflection, rest, and Sabbath. In between the retreats there is some required book reading and reflection paper writing. Shelly heard about the program and discovered that the retreat dates lined up perfectly with our scheduled furloughs. Wow!!! We are both excited to be able to participate in this program as we truly believe it will strengthen and protect us as individuals and as a couple during our time of serving in Haiti.