After a thorough assessment of all the work that needs to be finished at the retreat center, we have decided to officially open the retreat center in February of 2021. Delays caused by the Corona Virus and other newly discovered facility repairs and maintenance has pushed the opening date back a little further than we had anticipated.
This will give us enough time to have everything fully operable and looking great! We hope to have some preliminary events just to "warm us up." So far this will be a women's retreat, a Father-son retreat, and a family Advent retreat. If you haven't yet, please sign up for our monthly newsletter that will announce these events and other important news about the retreat center.
We've also been so excited about friends and family members who are volunteering their time here. It's difficult, usually dirty work, and often in hot, humid weather. When Covid19 struck and completely isolated us from our friends, we felt all alone in this huge endeavor we decided to follow. By God's great mercy, he sent us our very own family members. Our oldest son and his family who had been living in California came to live here for a couple of months. Our daughter and her husband also came from Chicago. What a wonderful opportunity it was to spend this time together. A third son also came to live here with his family, from Steubenville, OH and decided to stay. He and his wife are skilled in landscaping and horticulture. Just what we needed!
Lately, with Covid restrictions being lifted, we have seen some of our other grown children here at the retreat center volunteering their time and muscles. Finally, we've had some friends come to help.
Before the Corona Virus hit, we had planned on having family work weekends over the summer. With having to practice social distance, we are being a little more informal with our work days. We're spreading it all out. Basically, we are taking any help we can get at any time.
Please continue to pray for us. I'll try to be better at posting pictures on Facebook about our progress. Please follow and like us there.