This past winter, Footstool hosted our second annual Member Care Retreat. We were able to serve a total of 42 missionary units consisting of families and singles. For four days and three nights, 97 individuals serving in four different countries in East Asia gathered together for a time of physical rest and spiritual rejuvenation.
The retreat schedule consisted of worship and main sessions in the mornings. Attendees were given free time in the afternoon to spend with their families and friends, hold meetings that might be difficult to have on their mission field, participate in optional planned activities such as hiking and board games, and/or rest. Professional practitioners volunteered their time and services to provide massage therapy, medical consultation, counseling, pastoral prayer, haircuts, manicures, art therapy, music therapy, and family portraits.
We would not have been able to do all this without the generous donations of our donors and the help of our amazing volunteers. Our team of 42 volunteers helped in various ministries--hospitality, children's ministry, youth ministry, and worship team-- to make this retreat a success. The feedback from this year's attendees was overwhelmingly positive and full of gratitude. There is a clear need for member care in the mission field! We at Footstool are overjoyed to be providing this much-needed time of refreshment and encouragement to the missionaries who attend.