2020 OPC Women’s Retreat | April 17-19

April 17-19, 2020
Registration open in February

Join with sisters in Christ at the 2020 Women’s retreat to be blessed by one another and edified by this year’s speaker, Valerie Shephard. Shepard will be sharing her memories of Ecuador as daughter of Jim and Elizabeth Elliot, as well as her story from Legalism to Grace and Parenting with Grace.

See below to find out more about our speaker, as well as register.
Biographical sketch of Valerie Shephard:

Born February 27 th , 1955 in Shell Mera, Ecuador, Valerie was the only daughter of missionary parents, Elisabeth and Jim Elliot.  They were missionaries to the Quichua Indians of the Amazon jungle. In 1956, while attempting to reach the Waodani Indians (a primitive and savage stone age tribe) with 4 other missionaries, Jim was speared to death in January of 1956.  Elisabeth and Valerie continued to live with the Quichuas until miraculously they were invited to live with the Waodani tribe that had killed Jim. They lived with these Indians for 2 years in safety and contentment, as Elisabeth and another missionary, Rachel Saint learned to speak the language and translated the story of Jesus to them.  Most of them accepted the truth and said they would not kill anymore, and have not since that time.

Valerie attended and graduated from Wheaton College in 1976 with a BA in English Literature. She married Walter Shepard shortly after that and moved to live with him in Louisiana. Walter grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with his missionary parents.

She has spent 41 years being a pastor’s wife, raising 8 children, homeschooling, and teaching Bible studies. Valerie and Walter’s ministry has been one of hospitality, leading prayer meetings, and learning to live in God’s grace with joy.  She has shared some of the radio ministry, called “Gateway to Joy,” with her mother, on Back to the Bible Broadcasting Network. Having always had the desire to be missionaries, she moved with her husband and 3 of their children to Kinshasa, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2005. They stayed until June 2008.  Because of health reasons, they decided to stay in the states and God moved them into a different American mission field. In 2008 they moved to Southport, NC where they planted Christ Coastal Church until Walt retired in August of 2018.

Before you register, please read this information about the camp accommodations:
In order to accommodate as many ladies as possible at this year’s retreat, the camp is offering two styles of rooms: 

Hotel Style: sleeps 4-5 in one room, bathroom attached/located inside the room. If you have been to the retreat before, this is our standard housing.

Dorm Style: sleeps 40-48 in 4-5 sets of connecting rooms, bathroom detached/outside the building.

Early Registration closes on March 27th! Registration will close on April 10th
Please select the style you would like to register with, and proceed to fill in your information!

Hotel Style, restroom located inside the room: $160 Early, $180 Late

Dorm Style restroom located outside building: $140 Early, $160 Late