The Syzygy Calendar

BREATHE

If you work cross-culturally, you understand the unique challenges missionaries encounter on the field. Changes in language, social systems, identity, values, climate, geography, political unrest, and work roles contribute to stress. Added pressures come from working with multinational teams, visas, children’s educational needs, health issues, isolation, relationships (single or married), funding and more.  No wonder international workers become discouraged and lose heart.  This 10-day retreat is intentionally created for the renewal and encouragement of singles, couples, and families who are in need of a break from global work.

Dates: 20-30 June

Location: Wilderswil, Switzerland

More information: Catalyst Int’l

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DEBRIEFING WEEK FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES

A restful week in which to reconnect with God and unpack your missionary experiences.  Personal debriefing with both male and female debriefers will be available for individuals as well as couple-to-couple debriefing if appropriate.

Dates: 24-27 July

Location: Penhurst, East Sussex

More information: Penhurst Retreat Centre

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REKONNECT CAMPS FOR RETURNING TCKS

rekonnect camps offer children and teenagers five fun-filled and action packed days with others who have lived overseas and now find themselves back in the UK.  There are camps for those aged 6-12 (rekonnect kids) and those who are 13-18 (rekonnect teens).

Dates: 23-27 July (teens); 6-10 August (kids)

Location: The Peak Centre, Edale, S33 7ZA

More information: rekonnect

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GLOBAL MEMBER CARE CONSULTATION

The Global Member Care Conference  is being organized by COMIBAM and the Global Member Care Network.  The conference theme is Emerging Waves of Care.  Waves of global care are emerging from Africa, Asia and South America to provide care for cross-cultural workers sent from these regions.  The challenge is to expand our thinking to envision culturally sensitive care applications that give attention to the sending context and culture.  Care models are needed that encompass group-based culture and an extended family system.

Dates: 10-14 September

Location: Seminario Sudamericano, Quito, Ecuador

More information: Global Member Care Network

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TRACTION

TRACTION is a 6-day experience designed to encourage global workers who serve in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  TRACTION is different than any other kind of conference. It isn’t about filling notebooks or honing leadership skills. It is about living as single men, husbands, fathers, leaders, and as guys who deal with tremendous stresses cross-culturally.  This conference is focused on helping men navigate their roles to regain spiritual footing and momentum to move forward.

Dates: 19-25 September

Location: Wilderswil, Switzerland

More information: Catalyst Int’l

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HOPE FOR EUROPE

Under the auspices of the European Evangelical Alliance hundreds of evangelical leaders from across Europe will gather in Tallinn to share strategies, best practices and valuable insights.  Can you afford not to be there?

Dates: 8-13 October

Location: Tallinn, Estonia

More information: Hope for Europe