It is has been on our hearts for quite some time to start offering retreats for Women at Valley View Bible Camp. The Men’s 24/7 Discipleship weekend was started in 2013, and we have seen the positive impact it is having in men’s lives. We are excited that this fall we will officially begin with our Oasis Women’s Retreat!!
This year’s retreat has been created specifically for women involved in ministry. Our theme is Rest. Rest is something that we know can be difficult to truly experience when involved in full time ministry. Our hope is that this weekend will be a time where women will truly retreat as they learn about rest, and how true rest that can only be found in time spent with Jesus.
We realize that ministry can look very different for everyone; so whether you are a full time missionary, a pastor’s wife, or serving in a support role, we urge you to come and find rejuvenation for your soul that comes from the never ending well of Living Water.
We are excited to have Pauline Doerksen spend the weekend with us. She will be sharing her testimony of the life-giving journey of healing that God has taken her on. She will challenge and equip us to care for ourselves spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
More about Pauline:
Sam and I have been married for almost 26 years. Through those years God has blessed us with four children that we are very proud of. With 3 sons and 1 daughter ranging between the ages of 17- 24 our home has seen a lot of coming and going between school, sporting events and youth programs.
Sam grew up in New Bothwell, Manitoba and I grew up in Toronto, Ontario. Our paths crossed in Bible school in Saskatchewan and we found ourselves committing our lives to each other a year and a half later.
After Bible school, Sam took on the position of Pastor in his home church in New Bothwell. I been very involved in the music ministry and enjoyed serving together with Sam in the various aspect of church life. Once our youngest son was in school full time, I re-entered the work force.
Over the 24 years of serving in the same church, we have seen an increasing need for taking care of those who are in ministry so that they can continue on in a healthy manner. This would enable longevity in service and growth as individuals. With this in mind, we have joined the Focus on the Family Canada team and serve couples in ministry through our role as Ministry Retreat Directors.
On a personal note, on my “off time” I can be found relaxing on the deck readying a good book, puttering around in our yard with flowers and veggie gardens or singing along with my favorite tunes blaring!!! This hasn’t always been the case. There were many years where I felt buried under all the “should” do’s, and I became very angry. God has taken me on a life giving journey of healing in this area to which I am forever grateful.
Take a moment to download the brochure and check out more of the details planned for this great weekend – October 2-4, 2015. We look forward to having you join us!!!