A Brief History of Pentecostal Ladies Retreat
In 1991 the Lord directed our ministry to the beautiful Missouri town of West Plains, to become the pastors of Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle Church. To our delight, our near and dear long-time friends Bro. Mike and Sis. LaDona Blue was pastoring just a few miles away. One day I was sharing my burden of many years regarding “women’s ministry” and the need for a Ladies Retreat, stating the fact that no one can reach a woman like another woman can (and so it is with the male gender).
For instance, within days after the angel’s message that Mary would bear the Messiah, she went to visit Elisabeth. They were instantly bound together by the unique gifts God had given them. With prayer and guidance from the Lord we had our first Ladies Retreat in October 1992 in the resort town of Hardy, AR. The attendance was a total of 44. What a great time together, and with the Lord we had. We outgrew that facility and relocated in Bull Shoals, AR. After outgrowing that facility, in 1999, we moved to a much larger facility overlooking beautiful Table Rock Lake, in Kimberly City, MO. We were at Kimberling Inn for nine years.
Record breaking attendances lead us to seek yet another larger location. For October 2008 and 2009 we “settled” at the Settle Inn Resort and Conference Center in beautiful Branson, Mo. Due to limited space at Settle Inn, and continued growth, we relocated in 2010 to Lodge of the Ozarks, also in Branson, MO. And now we are going to the beautiful Westgate Branson Woods Resort.
Truly God has blessed and ministered to so many women during these 3-day retreats, myself included. To God be the glory for all things done as we continue carrying the torch ………. “women reaching women.”
Sis. Tricia Hight,