A retreat for refugees with disabilities in Bad Blankenburg

“We really enjoyed the retreat. It was my first time swimming in a pool. It was the first vacation for my wife and I after three years of marriage and for two families from our group that was the first camp in their lives. I would so like to have another opportunity to meet those people who ministered to us and to go back to that wonderful, quiet place of harmony.”</div>
– Dmitro Byrkovskiy from the city of Altenburg

The Evangelical Alliance House in Bad Blankenburg, Germany hosted refugees with disabilities and their families on May 21-26. This wonderful retreat was organized thanks to Martina Koninger, Kurt Stotz, and volunteers from “Agape Ukraine” and “Youth with a Mission,” as well as financial support from “Fliege Mission.”

The participants of the retreat visited an old castle and a porcelain museum, relaxed at a spa-salon, swam in an aqua park and enjoyed the beauty of nature and singing of the birds while sitting near a mountain river. Morning devotionals on Bible heroes helped the participants understand the love of God for people and His role in their lives. Music therapy and a seminar titled “I See, I Hear and I Feel” brought great pleasure to the participants as they learned how to deal with stress. Testimonies during the evening program encouraged the listeners and further opened to them the character of an awesome God. Everyone was encouraged during the retreat. It is a special joy to receive feedback from the participants of the retreat:

“Spending time here encouraged us and helped us change our minds on many things in the life. Everything was well-organized and conducted at a high level: day trips, housing, meals, the spiritual portion, fellowship, the opportunity to see the castle and waterfall and an incredible view through the window! But that was not the best moment. The biggest treasure was the people who we were able to get to know and fellowship with. This treasure will stay in our hearts forever as the most valuable and important thing!”