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ABIDE: What to Expect

ABIDE is a re-entry retreat and time of guided debriefing for cross-cultural workers. We begin Sunday evening with a banquet and end Friday with lunch together. Each day begins with 4 hours of group debriefing led by experienced and compassionate TRAIN International staff. Around 12:30 we break for lunch together. After lunch we create space for a time of worship and prayer together, then time for personal reflection and renewal opportunities. That is followed by individual or couple's time with your personal debriefer. During the community time that follows, participants are able to relax, rest, enjoy refreshments, play games, continue conversations, enjoy the outdoors or have times of solitude. We wrap up the day with dinner together.


Each day's interactions have follow-up reflection exercises to think through and respond to, which aid in the processing of your cross-cultural experiences. We suggest that evenings be used as families, couples or individually in these reflection exercises, as each day's topics move forward through taking note of losses and gains, trials and victories and help to distill some of the ways in which God has been at work during your time serving cross-culturally. Among our objectives are that through ABIDE you will be renewed spiritually, be better equipped to navigate the challenges of reverse culture shock and transitions of re-entry, and sense a greater preparedness to discern and steward your story of God's activity and faithfulness, during your cross-cultural experiences and throughout your life.


Our facilities include areas for our group debriefing, personal debriefing and parallel children and youth debriefing, a dining hall and lounge. We enjoy prayer-walking trails and a prayer chapel overlooking a stream on a property nestled in 40 acres of forest off the main street, north of town.


TRAIN also has a library of resources related to re-entry and helping families and parents of third-culture kids in the re-entry process, reverse culture shock, spiritual self-care, structures for member care in the local church and more. At ABIDE, we look forward to encouraging, serving and equipping you.

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