February 27, 2018
Ministry Trip: Joni and Friends Family Retreat (August 2018)
Our family attended the very first Joni and Friends Family Retreat 27 years ago, and our perspective on disability changed drastically. The day-to-day reality of caring for our 4-year-old daughter with physical and mental challenges was overwhelming. We were isolated and in need of practical, emotional, and spiritual support. We left that camp with fresh hope, rejuvenation, friendships with others who cope with similar struggles, and a stronger faith in Jesus.
At the Joni and Friends Retreat, short-term ministers serve as one-to-one friends to campers with disabilities, simply to love and encourage. As a member of this team, you’ll work alongside others from around the region. No previous experience is required—just a willing heart to see life through the eyes of the campers. Team members arrive one day before the families and receive training on disability and behavioral support.
The retreat will be held at Castaway Club Young Life Camp in Detroit Lakes, MN. The dates are August 14–19, and the cost is $450 (with financial help available for Bethlehem members). Trip leaders are Mary and Krista Horning.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Mary Horning (952-297-4167). See trip details and application (MM Joni & Friends 8/18).
Hear more at the Informational Meeting hosted at the Downtown Campus on Sunday, March 11, at 12:45–1:45pm in Room 114.