Choose from the following elements to create a customized retreat for your group. Meals are included in some of the programming, but are also available through our cafeteria services. Our staff will facilitate your time on SIFAT’s campus, or our amenities are available for rental for your own programmed retreat.
Global Village Overnight
Groups stay in our Global Village and experience first-hand what life may be like in a remote two-thirds world village. Participants will spend the night in houses designed by SIFAT’s international students, cook over an open fire, and work at jobs appropriate to that part of the world. Houses in the village are representative of those in Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, the Philippines, Nepal, Nigeria, Liberia and Uganda. The Global Village Overnight includes both breakfast and dinner.
In SIFAT’s three-hour slum experience, participants role play as newcomers to the urban slum that was built on our property. As slum residents, they are challenged to interact with characters played by staff and volunteers in order to meet their basic needs of food, water, and shelter. Throughout the event, typical urban slum issues arise and through debrief are discussed. Typically, dinner is included with the slum experience.
Learn & Serve students are given an opportunity to learn some of the appropriate technologies that are also taught to the SIFAT Practicum international students in a hands-on, interactive program. These technologies are changing and saving lives in the remote villages of many developing countries. Some appropriate technologies that are taught include Leaf for Life, bio-sand filter, and CINVA-ram bricks.
The grain and water challenge was updated in 2015 to include new, interactive elements. Grain and Water Challenge takes place in our Global Village and illustrates world hunger and three of its root causes: poverty, war, and unequal distribution of resources. Participants are divided into countries and are challenged to metaphorically feed their country for a full year. As each month passes by, participants have to beg, borrow, and barter with other countries to try to get enough grain for their country to survive, while dodging wards and droughts that might plague their country.
According to UNICEF, 55% of the world goes hungry; 30% gets barely enough food; and 15% of the world has so much that it gets to choose what to eat based on taste. The Global Feast turns these statistics into reality by offering a condensed and personal experience of unequal distribution of food. This program can be done at SIFAT or on location.
Our guided prayer hike includes a time of silence and solitude to walk through the Global Village, Urban Slum and beautiful parts of our campus. Your guide will discuss these areas with you and give you prompts to lead you in praying for our brothers and sisters around the world. You will begin to see how much prayer these neighbors of ours deserve, and we hope that it will encourage you to materialize ways you can help.
Service projects are available to groups interested in providing service that will help SIFAT to continue our mission to people internationally, as well as in the United States. Projects may be added to a retreat, or groups may visit our campus as work teams.
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