Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Retreat Center for Pastors

Pastor Retreat Center

Pastors, are you feeling the pressures of the pastorate? Would you like a place to get away to for a few days of rest, relaxation, personal study and prayer? David and Patricia Pence of Hillsboro, Illinois, have opened their home as a "Pastor Retreat Center" for God's special laborers for a day or up to a week. We also welcome anyone traveling across country who may need a place to stay overnight.

Located on a peaceful, wooded site in Hillsboro City Park, the Pence's spacious guest apartment, The Elisha Room, can accommodate pastor's families with up to four children; overflow is available if needed. The Elisha Room has a queen bed, sleep sofa, kid's room with bunk beds, full bath with microwave, coffee pot and small fridge. Breakfast may be available on request.

The Hillsboro Lake Beach is across the street from us. Activities besides swimming, sun and sand include a snack bar, paddle boats, inflatable kayaks, a pontoon boat, bicycle-built-for-two, sand volleyball and a basketball court. The campground is within an easy walk and has a nice playground for children plus occasional concerts on the Bluegrass Stage. The annual Fourth of July celebration is held at the Fourth of July stage overlooking the lake - a short walk up the hill - and the fireworks are set off practically in our front yard.
The park offers excellent walking, hiking or biking, with swimming in the summer. A canoe is available, but please bring your own life vests. Fishing (license required) is available on either of Hillsboro's two lakes - Lake Hillsboro and Lake Glenn Shoals.

We are located about 45 miles south of Springfield, IL and 65 miles north of St. Louis, so day trips to those cities are fairly convenient. If you are interested in visiting those cities, we suggest contacting their Visitors and Convention Bureaus for tourist information.

Cost is on a love offering basis from guests and/or from their church.
Contact the Pences at:
SoftFire Music Ministry, Evangelism and Pet TherapyRev. David and Patricia Pence800 City Lake RoadHillsboro, IL 62049-2328Phone: 217-532-2859Email:

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

"Prayerlessness is its own reward ..."

Pastors from across the city met today for the Key 73 prayer breakfast. Our speaker John Brown, called to say his flight was canceled. Thirty-seven leaders were present. Bishop Weaver of the EUB Church spoke briefly.

Our phonograph (modern tech then) failed, and the projector only half bright-what a test! Then God took over! At this point I invited all present to pray in groups of three, on their knees, for one another. Two UMC men were my partners, what prayers! Later, a Greek Orthodox priest exclaimed, “You don’t know what a hard thing you ask of us. I had a Missouri Synod Lutheran next to me and we hardly speak. We have been separated since 1010 AD and I had to pray for him, but we became acquainted and it was good.” Thank You Lord.

Early today I met with three brothers in prayer at nearby Sarasota. Yesterday, was a time to meet and pray with four pastors, each from a different tradition, but all in Christ. We come together each noon on Wednesday. One of the men reminded us, “We come to share our pain as we receive encouragement from one another and strength from the Lord to begin again.” My life long practice of praying with similar groups has helped keep me faithful and accountable.

John Sanford tells of an old well that stood outside the front door of a family farmhouse in New Hampshire. Due to unuse, the once remarkable pure and cold water source dried up. It had been fed by hundreds of tiny underground rivulets which seep a steady flow of water. As long as water was drawn, the rivulets remained open The well dried up, not from being used too often but from not being used enough.

Ben Patterson makes the following observation. “The consequence for not drinking deeply of God is to eventually lose the ability to drink at all. Prayerlessness is it own punishment, both its disease and its cause. That’s the deeper meaning to our the ministry fatigue.”

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t let anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep Company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matt. 11:28-30 The Message)

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