Thank You. You started them in my life."
I believe God is using your gifts in the GodQuest Ministry."
God Bless you and all you do. Thank You.
It was so peaceful, so quiet, so nice. (smile)
Everything was well organized. You didn't miss anything. That's nothing but God.
Please keep me on your list and let me know when you get your "2006" schedule.
Again, I want to say Thank You for this lovely time for teaching me something new. To all that helped you set up this weekend - Thank You.
It just seemed to have ended too quickly."
You truly showed us the love of Christ and made us feel so welcomed.
I enjoyed the teachings, encouraging words, and the worship brought back such special memories.
I have been studying meditation, contemplation, and silence in the spiritual classics by Richard Foster. This weekend helped me put them into practice. May the LORD continue to bless each of you and this excellent ministry."
My life is so hectic - this weekend is a good reminder to take QUIET TIME often!.
I love the "resort" (Spruce Hill Victorian Inn and Cottages, Mansfield, OH). It is comfy and safe!
Everything about this weekend was wonderful!
This ministry of Silent Retreats has been a God send.
It's had a lasting impact on my life and God has used it to minister deeply to me.
My husband said, 'Why are you gonna pay money to be silent? Doesn't that sound weird to you?'
I said, 'Don't knock it till you've tried it!' - and handed him the MENS brochure.
It was nice to bond with Him and to have the support of a community of fellow believers who also love to spend time alone with the Lord." "
I also want to thank you for all the "little things" you did to make us feel pampered... the mugs, candy, candle, bubble bath, etc. Especailly the sign on the TV that really helped avoid temptation.
I thank you so much for the opportunity to be alone with God. I needed it more than I knew.
Thank You for all the hard work you put into these retreats. They bless so many women and I know that God is going to continue to bless this ministry with great abundance. I'm so thankful that you have been obedient to this calling.
You and GodQuest will continue to be in my prayers."
Your welcome to me as soon as I opened my car door, the note awaiting me this morning, and the prayers offered on my behalf are all such an encouragement to me.
The solitude and silence given to me are certainly a treasure for me. All the extra thoughtful provisions were greatly appreciated: the wonderful room with candles and such, the art bag, the hot chocolate.
May the Lord continue to bless you and this ministry."
the BEST retreat I have EVER been on
(in about 16 years I have been to about 16 retreats).
NO! and KNOW! (okay, that's two words)
NO Restrictions (except no talking)
NO Schedule to Keep
NO Messages to Note
NO Crafts to Make
NO Social "Have-to's" or "Hi's"
It was just Jesus and Me, and getting to know God better.
All this with just the right amount of friends (and talk) mixed in.
I am sooooo relaxed, sooooo at peace.
Why? I could take this for a week!"
I pray all of you had a great time of renewal and refreshment, too. I look forward to the next time to participate in a GodQuest event. Thanks for your love."
Such a wonderful time of resting in the Lord, being quiet enough to hear His voice."
- Another correspondence at a later time:
"Thank you for arranging another Silent Retreat. Without distractions of our busy lives, and the beauty of nature around us ... our hearts and minds so easily are drawn to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Quiet time with Him at home is so good ... but at a Silent Retreat it seems deeper and richer."
I'm very interested in being a part of it.
I believe you have tapped into what really matters to our Savior, time with Him.
I will be looking forward to hearing from you." "
"During Holy Week I noticed that my heart was unusually tender as I thought about Jesus, His coming to the earth and continuing His redemption all the way through His abandonment by His friends and even His Father.
As I attended a Sedar on Thursday and especially Sunday during worship, I felt a great sense of gratitude toward Christ because He was willing to knowingly walk into that deep suffering for me.
I thought then that my weekend of silence and being alone with Him had made me more attuned to Him as a person. I know that the next time I take a silent retreat it will be different, but I sense that the Father will tailor make it for what I need then."
God bless you and your co-workers as you continue God's work in this wonderful ministry."
"In quietness and healing we find the joy of an ever-present Father."-------- Mary, Canton, OH
... My thoughts often return to the Retreat weekend and I can't help but smile - I try to remember each face and voice. It was such a good time. I enjoyed everyone who was there and I look forward to seeing them again.
For me, it was a cleansing time to get rid of the staleness and accumulated dust (Spring-Cleaning) from over the winter of my life.
He can use me now to a greater degree. What a blessed relief....."
My weekend alone with God has helped me greatly, since I've been home!
It also was a hard weekend, as the Holy Spirit went "plowing" in my life!
I am looking forward to the next GodQuest!"
I'm leaving with a better picture and clear understanding of what I must do. God has answered through much scripture: WAIT PATIENTLY.(scripture references)"
Since attending my first retreat, I now refer to the retreat as MY weekend with God. It is a wonderful time of fellowship with Him because I have the time and energy to focus on Him without all the distractions I would have in a normal day at home.
It is time well spent as I come home refreshed and renewed in my relationship with God."
"Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him" - Psalms 37:7