Soul Care Retreat
Organized by: Allison Weber
Here's the deal. I have eight women working in Southeast Asia who have set aside time to attend a Soul Care retreat in northern Thailand next month. These women are working in some deep, dark trenches. One works in providing education and alternative employment for the transgender/ladyboy population involved in the sex industry. This is a group that organizations steer far from. Yet she has faithfully been showing up to love and serve these beloveds. Another lives in Thailand's largest slum community and has committed to living among them and supporting individuals as they begin small businesses to help move themselves and their families out of poverty. And another works with an organization who reaches out to Cambodian children who beg/sell flowers in the red-light districts. Because these children are in the country illegally and are often "sold" to overseers to make money, they cannot attend school. So this group brings school to them in the late hours of the night. During the children's short breaks, they teach short lessons on a sidewalk outside a McDonalds. These are just a few examples of some of the amazing women attending. One thing I learned living overseas is that we workers cognitively know that soul care is important. It's just so hard to take the time out. The demands are intense. One of my passions is to care for the caregivers. And that is why I am helping create a Soul Care Retreat for them. We are of no service to others, no matter how immediate the needs are, until we ourselves are filled. Would you please consider giving to help this retreat happen? I want this to be a beautiful weekend for them and honor them for their work on behalf of the "least of these" and the marginalized. I would be so very grateful for any support you can provide.