This is a weekend for bereaved couples and singles to spend some relaxed, unhurried time with other parents who understand the experience of losing a child. As we go through the weekend, we will learn from each other, pray for one another, encourage each other, and find out that we are not alone on this journey. Our goal at these retreats 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 explore the beauty of nature around us, 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. There is no cost to attend one of these special events.
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.
Our Arizona retreats are held in Gilbert at the home of Rex and Mary Jones. The Jones home is cozy and comfortable, with plenty of options for relaxing inside and outside. Enjoy the covered porch, sit by the pool, or relax by the fire pit in the evening. This event is open to both single parents and married couples. Please refer to our Purity Policy, found under the "About Us" tab. Lodging at the nearby Holiday Inn Express for Friday and Saturday nights and all meals from Friday night through Sunday morning are provided, and there is no cost to attend this event.
Rex and Mary's son Zach went to Heaven on September 12, 2009, at the age of 21, due to an accidental prescription drug overdose. The Joneses have been married for over 40 years and are enjoying retirement in Arizona. They have a daughter, Tori, who is married to Mac and is the mother of their beautiful granddaughters, Willow and Jones. They have a genuine love for Jesus and a desire to help other grieving parents live well while they're waiting to see their children again one day.
Don and Elizabeth Bishop were married in 1986 and were blessed with two wonderful children, Eric James and Rebecca Marie. Eric went to be with the Lord on 2/2/2019 because of an opiate addiction and overdose. Eric’s family and friends miss his warm smile and gentle spirit every minute of every day. They also enjoy traveling with their fifth wheel RV and dogs. They are excited to share Eric’s life and walk with other grieving parents in the While We’re Waiting ministry. Isaiah 61:3
This retreat is full, but you may complete the registration form to be added to our waiting list.