“Each one of us longs to know we matter. We hunger to know that we have purpose, our life has meaning, and God dreams great dreams for us,” a church spokesman said. “Most of us get so wrapped up in pursuing the American dream, we forget to ask what God dreamed for us as He knit us in our mother's womb. ... If you are thinking ‘There's got to be more to this life,’” then Father's Dream retreat is for you, the representative said.
Kimberly L. Smith, author of “Passport Through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances,” will lead the retreat on Friday and Saturday.
Our Father's Dream retreat is an interactive event helping people discover God's unique dream for their lives.
The event takes place on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The $25 cost include lunch on Saturday as well as all your materials.
During the retreat, Smith invites us into her own struggles as an ordinary woman who feels those aches, asks those questions, and stumbles through a quest to find her place in a broken world.
Smith was an average American woman — a wife, mother, corporate executive and faithful church member. But she knew something was missing from her life. When a bone-chilling experience awakened her desire to find true purpose, Smith and her family began a lifelong adventure serving those who never knew a greater purpose could exist.
Traveling around the world and deep into the darkness of her own heart, Smith’s worst fears collided with her faith as she and her family discovered the atrocities of human trafficking.
But in that broken place a self-centered life was transformed into an international effort to save thousands from modern-day slavery, persecution, disease and genocide.
As Smith and her husband risk everything for orphans in Eastern Europe and Africa, they see God work again and again in impossible situations, especially in their own lives and marriage. They see God change them — even in their exhaustion, marital struggles, and physical limitations. They see the beauty of living out God’s dreams.
Your story is different from hers, but God’s hopes for you are just as big.
“Your destination,” Smith shares, “is the same as mine — an intimate encounter between you and your Creator. But your route will be filled with adventures, both mild and wild, made just for you. It will lead you to where God’s pleasure and your purpose meet.”
For more information about registration, please North Cleveland Baptist Church at 476-8524. For more information about this retreat, email firstname.lastname@example.org.