Drawing near to the Father’s Heart — update from annual ROWAN staff retreat

Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
~ Matthew 11:29 ~

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Our ROWAN staff in Uganda just returned from their annual retreat. These dedicated leaders have families and responsibilities of their own, yet choose to be involved in pouring out their lives for the people of ROWAN. The focus was on the Father’s Heart and there was time for spiritual reflection, intellectual development and creativity to be fostered. These individuals want to be unified and to give their very best in service to God. And they desire to know the heart of the Father as they minister to orphans and widows in the name of Jesus.
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Some of the time was spent coming up with new creative ways to run our Saturday Program days.

Saturday Program is a time for the orphans to come together and learn many different skills that will empower them for the future. They hear a Bible lesson, play games, learn how to debate, sit through career counseling, work on their writing, have a special craft project, and of course are provided with a meal.

But there was also a time of teaching from God’s word and a chance to reflect and be renewed for the year ahead.
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And finally, there was an opportunity to experience new things. The retreat was held at a retreat center near the source of the Nile River, and many of the attendees commented on the beauty of God’s creation and the peaceful surroundings. Another exciting event was going for a boat ride on the Nile River, especially since this was the first time most of our staff have been on a boat!
Pray for our staff to continue to grow in unity and closer to the Lord as they serve in this coming year. Pray for strength and wisdom only God can give and for peace in the midst of difficult circumstances. They covet your prayers and so appreciate your support!

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