While We're Waiting weekend retreats just for Dads are also available.
Our Dads' Weekends are held at the While We're Waiting Refuge on the outskirts of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Our upcoming dates are as follows: October 27-29, 2017; June 8-10, 2018; October 26-28, 2018.
The retreat will begin on Friday evening and end after a worship time on Sunday morning. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided on Saturday, and breakfast will be provided on Sunday. There is no cost for this retreat; however, a love offering will be taken to help offset the expenses of this event.
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 ATV riding, 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 the fire, and eat lots of good food.
We have found so much comfort from drawing near to other men of faith who understand what it is like to lose a child. We believe you will, too. We also believe that life-long friendships can be formed as we support and encourage each other in a way that no one else can.
To register for one of the upcoming While We're Waiting weekends for Dads, 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 weekend 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 couple of 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
"But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance." Romans 8;25