Category Archives: Thriving Through Retreat

Defining “Burnout!” and a Warning.

I’m living in Central Oregon with it’s multitude of forests.  Prior to the spotted owl days, the lumber industry was thriving here and your house probably has some wood in it from one of our Oregon forests! Because we have … Continue reading

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A Reminder: Rest, O My Soul

It was in 2003 that we met Sybil Gibson, a wonderful, spiritual woman, very committed to world missions.  She became an intercessor and donor of ours and has prayed for us and given to this work since that time.  She … Continue reading

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Running a Care Center? A Blessing for Your Home!

For those of you ministering in and through your home, here is a “Blessing” written for you by John O’Donohue.  He was a native Irish speaker, Irish poet, author, priest, and Hegelian philosopher.  He is probably best known for popularizing … Continue reading

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Slow Down the Busyness and Thrive! (3.19)

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with busyness and out of time for other things you want to do?   Is your spouse suggesting, even pressuring you to slow down or spend more time with the family? Do you ever consider giving up … Continue reading

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All about the Zzz, zar, path?? . . . Which Oasis? (4.11)

Elijah’s personal retreat at Kerith Brook came to an end.  But then, by the command of the Lord, it actually went on longer.  Maybe it was actually a Sabbatical?  And the care and environment for that retreat increased in quality. … Continue reading

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Have You Experienced This Principle of Personal Care? (4.10)

If you are a cross-cultural worker or pastor, you are in the thick of the spiritual fight as Paul reminds us, “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil  rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty … Continue reading

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Christian Worker Care IN and FROM a Place, an Oasis (7.5)

When you invest in a Life Impact Caregiver you are investing in a person and not a location.  Yes, a physical place — an Oasis — is somewhere on the planet, and there to serve as a base of operations. … Continue reading

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In the Bush or Not, Visit the Alaska Oasis (5.14)

When we decided to start a Care Ministry to International Workers and Pastors, someone said to us, “You are going to a very beautiful place for this, a resort area, actually.  Why do Missionaries need such a nice retreat location … Continue reading

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We Can Help Churches and Mission Orgs Care for Their Workers (5.8)

If a Christian worker sent out by an organization or church leaves the field early for preventable reasons, there is a tremendous loss of investment.  The same is also true of a pastor who leaves the pulpit.  As some Oasis … Continue reading

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The “Oasis” is Making a Difference in Christian Worker Attrition (3.18)

Did you know that a recent FASICLD (Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development) survey of 1050 pastors determined that 35-40% of pastors actually do leave the ministry, and most after only five years!  And of

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