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North Queensland women refreshed after ‘real’ retreat

The group of women who attended the North Queensland retreat.

The North Queensland women’s retreat on the Atherton Tablelands lived up to its theme of ‘Refresh’, according to Major Michelle Oliver, Area Officer – North Queensland.

“It was refreshing at so many levels,” Michelle said. “It was a simple format with lots of time to reflect, spare time for relationships, and even to have a good sleep.”

Guest speaker Karen Lattouf, Leadership Development Specialist, led the 32 participants through some of the lessons from the biblical story of Esther. She focused on surrendering to God, faith in God and courage.

Major Michelle Oliver (left) and guest speaker Karen Latouff.

“Everyone has to deal with something challenging in life,” Karen said. “In Esther, we have an iconic female character whose example is so relevant to us today.”

Held over the weekend of 21-23 July, the group enjoyed a trip to the Yungaburra Markets and a royalty-themed fun evening on Saturday night. “Up north, we are hardcore and serious about dress-ups,” Michelle said.

Lisa Lawlor, Townsville Faithworks Community Engagement Worker, created a pencil drawing of Queen dress-ups for the silent auction to raise funds for ‘Making it Happen’ – the territorial project to build officers’ quarters in the Solomon Islands. The auction and donations raised about $1400 for the project.

“This was a real retreat, with a chance to step back from daily pressures, hear from God, and connect with self, in an exceptional setting, with beautiful times of worship,” Karen said.

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