L ast week a diverse group of us gathered at Assumption Abbey, a small Trappist community in rural Missouri. The Abbey is located on 3,200 acres, providing the perfect setting to experience silence, solitude, and reflection together. On this retreat we had the joy of hosting men and women serving with MTW, as well as friends serving in local congregations.

The purpose of spiritual retreats like this one is to foster a climate of spiritual formation, taking ever so seriously our common call to “watch over our hearts with all diligence, for from them flow the springs of life”. As active believers we’ve discovered the need that all of us have, to follow Jesus into seasons of silence and solitude. And to learn together how to develop a rule of life that leads to intimacy with our Triune God and to the expectation of life filled with the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellow of the Holy Spirit.

“I found it so helpful and edifying to have the opportunity to pray together with friends and colleagues, and to have discussions about aspects of Christian spirituality.”

Personally, beyond my need to just be still and listen to the voice of my Savior in the silence of the Abbey and in the surrounding woods, I found it so helpful and edifying to have the opportunity to pray together with friends and colleagues, and to have discussions about aspects of Christian spirituality. I received so much from the Lord in and through our time alone and together.

Join us for our next spiritual retreat in Ava, Missouri on April 22-15, 2019. Email us at gtd@mtw.org for more information.

— Bill Yarbrough, GTD Director of Spiritual Formation