Monday, October 7, 2013

Joy in the Journey RETREAT: The Details

It's hard to believe that it's actually here...registration for the Joy in the Journey Retreat will go LIVE at 6:00 p.m. Central Time THIS FRIDAY, October 11th.

The purpose of this post is to give you, our readers, some details on the logistics of the retreat and hopefully convince you that you CANNOT miss this opportunity to be encouraged and connect with like-minded mamas!

Who?  All along, this retreat has been planned with the intention that it would reach mothers who are blessed to care for "the least of these" as well as those ladies in all stages of that process.  This is meant to encompass women who are contemplating a future adoption/foster care placement, foster mothers in the process of caring for foster children, "prospective adoptive mothers" who are in one of the stages of waiting, and women who have added to their families through adoption.

What?  The Joy in the Journey Retreat is right around 24 hours of activities meant to facilitate connections and encourage women in the aforementioned paragraph.  The Retreat will consist of main sessions, breakout sessions, meals, vendor booths, coffee time, and an adoptive mom panel.

When?  Registration for the retreat is Friday, October 11th (as mentioned above) and the retreat will be Friday, February 21st, 2014 to Saturday, February 22nd, 2014.  Check-in/vendors will be open 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday and the retreat will conclude on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Where?  Maranatha Bible Camp's Retreat Center is located in Everton, MO, which is a short drive from Joplin, MO or Springfield, MO.  There are 22 hotel-style guest rooms, each one containing its own bathroom.  Each room holds 4 people (two in a queen or full sized bed, and two in twin bunk beds), with some rooms holding up to 8.

We will also be utilizing the Multi-purpose building for main sessions/vendor areas/meal times.

Standard Room

Deck out back at retreat center

Rec Area on Lower Floor


Why?  To relax, rejuvenate, connect with others, and be encouraged by like-minded mamas.

How?  To register for the retreat:
  1. Open this blog's homepage, on Friday at 6:00 p.m. Central (the post will be up all day, but the tickets will not be live until 6:00)
  2. Click on the link and reserve your "Conference Registration" ticket.  The ticket is free to reserve and payment will need to be made on step four (below)*
  3. Watch your registered E-mail account (that you used to reserve your ticket) for information from joyinthejourneyadoption @ on completing your registration and paying for your ticket.**
  4. Complete your registration by responding to the E-mail and paying for the retreat ticket within 24 hours of receiving your registration E-mail.***

*If you are unable to reserve one of the 75 available slots but are still interested in attending, reserve yourself a spot on the wait list by selecting a "Waiting List" ticket.
**Please send an E-mail to joyinthejourneyadoption @ if you have not heard from us within 24 hours of reserving your ticket.
***We will be unable to process refunds for any reason.  However, if you have registered and find that you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your spot to the next person with a "Waiting List" ticket.  She will be given an opportunity to purchase your ticket from you.

Again, please allow us to reiterate what an amazing blessing it's been to be able to plan a retreat with the intention of encouraging and connecting mamas.  We have watched God's hand throughout the process thus far and are excited to see what He has in store for the rest of the process.  Thank you all so much for coming alongside our team and sharing a passion for what God has placed in our hearts!

Questions?  Comments?  Please take a moment and comment below if there are things that need clarification!!  Also, check out the Retreat 2014 tab above for more information.

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