In addition to our weekend retreats for couples and singles, we also host "While We're Waiting" Dads' Days. These are one-day events, held on Saturdays at various times throughout the year.
These events are held at the While We're Waiting Refuge in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Every Dad who comes will be given the opportunity to share about his son or daughter who is in Heaven. He can share as much or as little as he likes, and no one will be required to share if he is uncomfortable. We will also spend time talking about the issues we face every day as grieving Dads. A variety of topics will be presented, and the group will choose which ones we will discuss.
We will do also do some outdoor activities, such as skeet shooting, fishing in the pond, and playing horseshoes. If the weather is good, we may even spend a little time out on the lake in a wakeboard boat. We'll spend some time relaxing around our fire pit, and eat lots of good food.
The Dads' Day will begin at 9:00 on Saturday morning and will conclude by approximately 6:30 p.m. For men who are traveling in from out of town, lodging will be available at no charge at the While We're Waiting Refuge for both Friday and Saturday nights, if needed.
There is no cost for our Dads' Days; however, a voluntary love offering will be received to help offset the expenses of hosting these events.
To register for one of our upcoming While We're Waiting Dads' Days, please click here. If you're not quite ready to register, but would like some additional information, just click here. Registration is limited, and preference is given to Dads who have not attended an event previously. If your preferred date is full, we will be happy to place you on a waiting list and will notify you if a spot comes available.
Here are notes from a few Dads who have attended our retreats. We share these here with their permission...
"I want to thank you for this weekend. I know so much more will come to me as I process these moments over the next couple of weeks, months, and years to come. But, these are the immediate take-aways that I will leave with today: 1) I'm not alone in this walk, 2) the opportunity to bring my son alive in the open discussions and just saying his name aloud again, and 3) ways to move forward in my life, but more importantly, my faith. Thanks again, and God bless you." ~Jason's dad, October 2013
"There was time to openly broach sensitive issues and time to relax with activities. This was done graciously and respectfully. Lauren's life has been recognized and the Lord glorified by this experience." `~Lauren's dad, April 2016
"I came to this weekend for Dads without expectations - other than to meet with other dads who also lost a child. What a wonderful weekend with some amazing people. I'm thankful for While We're Waiting and the ministry, fellowship, and friendship this weekend provided." ~Bennett's dad, October 2017
"If you're a dad that has experienced the loss of a child, you need to come to a dads' weekend. Make time to attend!" ~Jordan's dad, June 2018
"But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance." Romans 8;25