Tuesday, September 5, 2017


From the pen of the Executive Director, Joy writes:

In our ministry, since the time God spoke the words "create a place where women can go to just be" we have had friends of the ministry.  (in this case the word "friends" also includes family)

Why are friends important to us, and to our ministry.  Well here are some ways:
  • friends who believed me when I said God spoke to me, back in 2000.  You believed in my walk with Jesus and did not question when I said "I heard this from God ..."
  • friends who prayed for us during each and every chapter of our lives - from when HE spoke (2000) to my call into pastoral ministry (2002) to our walk in grief that began when we lost our first born grand child Jay Benjamin Klassen (2008) to when I was called out of pastoral ministry (2009) and when we began to build (2010) and then onto our Dedication Service and Grand Opening (March 2013) and right up to the present day ...
  • friends who believed that what God called us to - was HIS idea and it was going to happen.  You did not think I gave up or threw out the idea when God called me into Pastoral ministry and the retreat vision perked on the back for 7.5 years.  
  • friends who covered this land with prayer at our COME, WALK and PRAY in Sept 2009, bathing this land in prayer before a shovel went into the ground!
  • friends who encouraged us in the LONG, LONG, LONG (did I say LONG) build (2 +years)
  • friends who drove into the yard, or came into the house while the build was happening and just said "no need to stop, here is a coffee and treat and we are here to pray"friends who have volunteered you time and sometimes backbreaking hours in our garden especially
  • friends who have invested in the ministry - not only swet equity but also financially because you believe in what God has called us to
  • friends who still may not quite "get" what we are doing, but believe in us, and in our relationship with God, and HIS call on our lives, and are there for us in many ways!
  • friends who drop emails/texts/and snail mail notes to encourage us
  • friends who have attended our two gala's "An evening of celebration and giving"
  • friends who have come and stayed overnight
  • friends who have paid for other people to come over night
  • friends who have sent in cheques "just because" God nudged you, and well, you followed
  • and the list could go on and on but right now, I want to say a HUGE thank you to those "Friends of the Well" who sponsored our event last April.  My apologies for doing this so very late!!  (from this post onward, you can look above on the blog and see a tab called "Friends of the Well" where we list the following sponsors as well.  

We are grateful for the support of the following Friends of The Well through their financial generosity. We thank God for the sponsorship we received to make our 2017 Evening of Celebration & Giving a reality & a great success. 

We encourage you to support these businesses, tell them Women Refreshed at the Well sent you!  

Renew - $2000+

Al & Janet Fast

Ted & Mary Paetkau

Rest - $1000

Martin Enns Sales Representative

Alvin Klassen

Andrea & Scott Johannson

 Ken & Kim Morrow

Michael Thiessen

Karl & Judith Friesen

Chairs for our event were provided by:

 Linens for our event were provided by:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Evening of Celebration and Giving - APRIL 13, 2017

We have the date!!
We have the place booked!
We are so excited to feature Juno nominee, Jaylene Johnson
and we will have the tickets soon.

Are you planning to come?  We hope so!
Tickets are $100 but you will get a tax receipt for portion over the cost of the meal.

Perhaps you are in the position that you can be a sponsor for the event!!
Please give email womenrefreshed@gmail.com and we will give you more info!!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Friday, December 30, 2016

Donations Gratefully Accepted

As the end of 2016 quickly approaches, 
we realize the goodness of God has also come through donations to the ministry. 
Yes we are a non profit, registered with charitable status. 

Perhaps you are looking for a last place to donate before the end of the year! 
Well, we are grateful of all donations.
 If you wish to donate by cheque, 
please make sure it is made out by Dec. 31st. 
If you wish to donate by phone, 
please call us at 204-416-3531. 
Thank you for your support of our ministry 
as we look ahead to 2017.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Some thoughts on a snowy December day

Today is Boxing Day.  We are cleaning up from a blizzard.  Lots of snow.  Outside my husband is on the bobcat cleaning the driveway which was undriveable unless you had a 4 wheel drive.  
Such is the weather here in Manitoba!  However, inside the house is warm, the tea is in supply, and the sun is shining brightly.  All is well with the world.

I have been pondering on these past almost twelve full months of this last year.... and it has been good.I am still (usually except for the odd time) the only one running the retreat which includes cleaning, making beds, grocery shopping, food prep, serving, laundry, Spiritual Direction, and the list goes on.While is is so good, it is also "full" and I am not complaining, but it is alot of work.
I am so glad that I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is what God called us to, 
and that God gives us the strength needed for each new day.
We are praying for someone to be able to come alongside, but the reality is, we are still
operating as a volunteer, and many people are not around to volunteer for two hours in between retreaters, (4-6 when clean up is done for the next ones coming) and as well, weekends are likely the hardest times to get volunteers.  (Especially in summer and well, who blames them?)

The other thing from this past year is that we decided after our first Evening of Celebration and Fundraising held last year - November 5, 2015 - that we would change it to April and skip this year.  SO plans are underway for April 2017 for our second banquet fundraiser, but in the meantime, 
the lack of a fundraiser this year will affect our "bottom line" for the ministry.
Growing pains ... :)
We continue to see God at work.  He is bringing those who need to retreat without us advertising.  I believe that God is growing not only the ministry, but my heart and Alvin's for what he has called us to.  I will be honest - I have made a good salary in a couple other occupations I had before (Early Childhood Educator/Founder and Director of an 87 space daycare centre for 25 years; and 7 and a half years as a Pastor in the church Alvin and I had been in for all our married life) and I realized that money is not everything.  This call to ministry like I have said, is hard.  I knew God called but had no idea REALLY what He was signing us up for!!  I just finished watching a movie "HILLSONG:  LET HOPE RISE" and in it there were some profound quotes, but this one really hit me:

"It's not worth it for what we are being paid.  But it's worth it for what we are doing."
- Joel Houston
I sort of feel the same way right now and would not give up this call for anything!!
Sometimes I feel that being paid would make it easier eventually
(perhaps to pay my personal bills lol) but I realize the "pay" I get from following God on this call far outceeds any $$ I could be paid!!
God knew that!!
He calls us on an adventure - and if we are willing to follow HIM - He ruins us for the ordinary!
And with those words, I will sign off!!


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Plan to attend our 4th Annual Advent Walk through

Plan to attend - you will not be disappointed.
An intentional time to stop and reflect.  Christmas is a time that is important to do that.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of shopping and baking and visiting and all things "good and right and important to you" it seems we don't get a chance to just sit and be.
So plan to come.
 It is open to men, women and groups.
BUT you MUST reserve a spot!!  We want to honour everyone's time!
There is no cost, but we'll never turn down a donation!!