Successful “Together Called” Retreat for Adoptive Couples
America World was privileged to be a sponsor at the 2015 Together Called retreat at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania March 27-29.
Together Called is an opportunity to come together, a place for husbands and wives to be step out of the chaos called everyday life and be encouraged, a place for us to learn and fellowship together as a couple and as a community. It was a time to hear from great speakers, but also a time to relax.
220 men and women who made meals in advance and set out clothes in little piles, arranged rides to practices, said goodbye to children (pulled them off their legs in some cases), set aside life for a weekend to come together, as a couple, as a community.
“There simply are no words. We haven't brought our daughter home yet, so we didn't even know if we belonged at this retreat. We could not have been more blessed….God reaffirmed our calling and reassured us in so many ways this weekend.”
“We came into this weekend so dry and distant and really struggling. After about 14 months or so of what we’ve deemed “crisis living,” we really needed this time away. It did not disappoint. We feel infused with support, TRUTH, and a renewed sense of purpose for our marriage and our family.”
Co-founder, Kelly Raudenbush, stated, “all the connections, all the laughs, all the conversations of encouragement, all the challenges to open up our eyes to the unseen, all the weary people who were able to be served a meal without needing to cut up someone's food and sit by a cozy fireplace and talk to new and old friends–it was God ordained.”