The annual Southern California/Arizona district women’s retreat was held November 14 and 15 at Calvary Chapel Conference Grounds and Bible College, Murrieta Hot Springs, Calif., undeterred by the California wildfires. Here’s a summary of the report from Sharon MacMillan that appears on the Women of Grace site (http://www.wgusa.org/).
Only in Southern California can you have 95 degree weather on a bright November day. After seeing the towering palms dancing gracefully in the breeze (hot Santa Ana winds of 50 miles per hour in some places) amidst the host of mineral pools and streams, it is not hard to understand why this place is so treasured as a retreat center. The book Streams in the Desert comes to mind.
“Different by Design” with Dr. Myra Perrine proved to be a stimulating topic. With nine categories of temperaments from which to choose, we were able to understand our unique design that complements others in the body of Christ. Understanding the “types” of temperaments can help us to work with our own giftings and understand our counterparts who may not approach things the way we do.
One of the highlights of this retreat was the 25th anniversary celebration of Hermanas (Spanish for “sisters”). These women from various churches in Mexico and in Southern California were elegantly dressed in black and silver to signify the 25 years since they began coming to retreats.
The women viewed a recording of Madame Alexandrine Zokoe’s interview with Barb Wooler that had been presented at the National Conference in Florida this past July. Madame Zokoe is the African director of Project Hope and Charite. The women were able to respond by giving a generous offering to help the orphan care program.