Thoughts from Bethlehem Farm volunteers:“I learned how to love in a whole different way.” “The service projects were the most valuable part for me. I not only helped someone in need, but I learned something from the people and was able to share something of myself with them.”
“I hadn’t prayed for the better part of a decade…Doing so and learning how to do so was one of the best experiences I’ve had.”
“I learned about hospitality, sustainability, conservation, faith, openness, and much more…I have a new respect for others.”
What can I expect during a Service Retreat Week at Bethlehem Farm?
When you join us for a week at Bethlehem Farm you can expect to work hard. You can expect to wake up early and go to bed exhausted every night. You can expect to be challenged and supported physically, emotionally, and spiritually. You can expect to have a voice which others will listen to and respect. You can expect to pray in both traditional and creative ways. You can expect to meet nature face to face, to become friends with donkeys and chickens. You can expect to prepare meals from scratch and spend time in the garden. You can expect to feel uncomfortable at times and at home with complete strangers. You can expect to see God, your friends, and the world in which you live from an entirely new perspective.
Who can come? Our cozy farm house facility can accommodate up to 32 volunteers per service week. On a typical week you will find groups intermingling from schools, churches, and families. Some other weeks are designed for individuals to come and serve and pray with other individuals from around the country. Check out our Calendar link at the left to learn more about our schedule of service opportunities.