Our Oregon retreats are held at Ochoco Christian Conference Center in Prineville. OCCC is nestled in the beautiful tall pines of the Ochoco National Forest in Central Oregon. Attendees will stay in the Guest House, which has six private bedrooms, each with its own bath, a kitchen/dining area, and a comfortable living room-style meeting area. Overflow guests will be assigned to private cabins. OCCC is located about 50 miles east of Redmond. Guests are welcome to take a leisurely hike through the towering pines of the national forest, make a short drive to view the Painted Hills, or just relax on the deck and visit.
Our desire at this retreat is to point grieving parents to our only true source of comfort, Jesus Christ. Anyone who has lost a child is welcome to come. You are welcome if your child has been in Heaven for thirty days or for thirty years. You are welcome if your child was stillborn and never took a single earthly breath, or if your child lived to be an adult and had a family of his or her own. Come, knowing you will be surrounded by people who care, who understand, and who will pray for you. This will be a safe place, a place where we can honestly discuss our struggles, knowing we will not be judged, because every one of us has been there at one time or another. We will also share our victories, and rejoice with each other as we move along the road toward healing.
What will we do over the course of the weekend? We’ll talk about our kids in Heaven and we’ll pray for each other. We’ll enjoy delicious meals together, discuss God’s presence in our grief, and form lasting bonds of friendship. Our time will be informal, but structured. Certainly, we will cry together … but we will also laugh together.
None of us know how many more years we have on this earth before we are reunited with our children in Heaven. So, our main focus throughout the weekend will be discussing how we’re going to live while we’re waiting for that glorious reunion. We believe that we honor our children and our Lord the most through our healing, and we will be seeking to begin or to continue that healing process through this weekend.
If you’d like to join us for a While We’re Waiting Weekend at Ochoco, please complete and submit the form below. There is no charge to attend.