PWOC Fort Hood’s 2nd Annual Service Weekend
Submitted by: Maddie Quick, PWOC Retreats Chair
Military Installation: Ft. Hood, Texas
PWOC Fort Hood recently held their 2nd annual service weekend, where we provided love to three different community agencies that provide care to different circles in their community.
Overview of the Weekend
We began the night before with a simple dinner of beans and rice and had some activities on how to share the Gospel. Ladies had the option to sleep at the chapel but many couldn’t so they came back the following morning when we regrouped the for breakfast and a devotional before heading to work.
The first destination was a soup kitchen that serves more than soup; in renovating a new-to-them building, we cleaned out a spare room to lodge a family with children and laid its floor, relocated those things to the shed (it was packed), reorganized the food pantry, cleaned the yard of debris and filled the box gardens with donated soil, rearranged furniture from several rooms and deep cleaned.
Then we headed to a Christian pregnancy center and made angel dolls to be used for those who have miscarried or previously had an abortion (not in this facility) in a recovery camp, cleaned, organized their clothing and diapers.
The ladies ended the weekend with painting at a family shelter where women and children are often in hiding for months to escape abusive husbands.
In total, approximately 30 ladies participated in some way during the weekend.
How the Organizations Were Chosen
After praying over the vision the Lord would have for the Fall Retreat for this year, the Lord then laid the three organizations on my radar in various ways. As I reached out to assess the needs, they were very eager to have us join them in service. I also wanted to choose three organizations that were different from one another: Soup Kitchen (needs a lot of help getting organized and rebuilt after moving locations), Hope Pregnancy Center (cleaning, organizing, etc.), and Family Crisis Shelter (Gospel Painting Project).
Theme for the Service Weekend
This event was modeled after our service retreat from last fall that was created and lead by our current PWOC president, Destini Waters. Destini created the title of “reTREATING OTHERS” and I kept the title for the weekend. The two main things that I wanted the ladies who attended to see as a theme, were “What does biblical service look like?” and seeing that service should pour out from the goodness of the Gospel and the Spirit working in believers, rather than to earn or achieve. We did this by first looking to Philippians 2 and the description of Christ as a model of service. This was unpacked on Friday night along with a few other small workshops like: What is the Gospel?-How do we articulate the elements of the Gospel message, Vision for Biblical Service, and Seeing the Gospel story in our own lives looking to Ps 136-His Love Endures Forever.
It was really cool to see how the retreat details varied a bit between the two years due to the specific vision that was given by the Lord to the Retreat Coordinator. Both retreats had similar schedules and elements, but different in details like service locations. If someone wanted to replicate the idea it should be noted that it does not have to look exactly the same to be an effective service retreat.