What is Abbie Lane like now and how will it change in the future?
Our prayer is that the basic philosophy will not change: it is a place for ministers to do business with God and to connect with their spouse. The physical place is a work in progress. On 80 plus acres, we have built the main house, called The Raven’s Nest. It is a place where informal gatherings and meals will take place. Three cabins have been built. They are in a wooded area but not rustic, simply in nature. Four more buildings are to be built: a garage, a multipurpose building, a workshop and The Spears Chapel. The future will also see two primitive buildings (no water or electricity) out in the wooded back section of the property and the development of a pond. There will be developed a number of spiritual points with each being a prayer garden with a focus point of interest.
SPIRITUAL POINTS of CONNECTION
Each of these physical places is a place to interact with God about a specific point of spiritual need, including
- Return – to that love relationship with the Lord you once had
- Refocus – on surrendering the heart, mind and soul to the will of God
(The Gethsemane Prayer Garden)
- Rejoice – on defeating the enemy after prior defeat by the enemy
(The Ebenezer Stone)
- Re-engage – with the word of God as relevant for today’s living
(The Ten Commandments)
- Renew – faith and a desire for God’s provisions
- Remember – the miraculous works of God on a personal level
(The 12 Memorial Stones)
- Reflect – on the need to always bring the best you have to the altar of sacrifice
(Old Testament Altar)
- Revelation –to embrace victory for all things through the resurrection of Christ
(The Empty Tomb)
- Restart – the heart and spirit of ministering to others as a servant
(Basin & Towel in Spears Chapel)
- Recommit – to being a dedicated servant of the Lord and His sheep
(The Burning Bush)
Who is welcome to stay at Abbie Lane and under what circumstances? Is it denomination-specific?
Abbie Lane Retreat Ministry is open to all licensed and/or ordained ministers of all Christian denominations (or non-denominations). This is not to be used for a vacation spot. No children (except those being nursed) or pets are allowed.
Are there any fees associated with my stay?
No fees – absolutely, totally free. All room and food expense is underwritten through a faith based ministry commitment. All you have to do is get here. We will even arrange picking you up at the airport in Shreveport or Natchitoches Louisiana.
If I decide I’d like to make plans to stay, what should I do? For what period of time should I plan to stay?
In order to attend Abbie Lane, first contact the Directors for the registration package, which includes a Guest Information Document and a Registration Form. Next, you will be vetted according to our admittance guidelines. Finally, if you have met the requirements to schedule a stay, an agreed upon arrival date and planned duration will be established. A guest may come for one night, one week, or longer – up to three months.
If I want to make plans for my leadership team, what should I do? How many individuals can Abbie Lane accommodate from my group? For what period of time may we use the facilities? Are there any fees associated with hosting a group retreat?
Contact the Directors for a date and use clarification. We have accommodations for three cabins and two rooms, each contains a queen bed. When our multipurpose building is built we will have the capability to handle group sleeping in an open room concept (1200 sq ft). Facility utilization time frame is open for negotiation. Fees are negotiable based upon number of people, facilities to be used, food needs (number of meals), etc. However, open to the possibility of a donation basis to Abbie Lane.
What will my days be like? What are the grounds like, who will be there, what kinds of ‘programming’ (if any) is there? What kind of spiritual counseling is available?
There is no programming as such. The concept is that each person, or couple, will walk the trails to the various spiritual points on their own time schedule. The goal is to meet God and to allow God to minister and speak. There is no professional spiritual counseling available. A prayer ministry team is available upon formal request so they can be scheduled to be present. Part of the value of the environment is the allowed time to interact with other guests and the directors and/or Host/Hostess.
How are meals, laundry, etc. handled?
Guest are given breakfast food to prepare for themselves on their own time schedule in the cabins. The other two meals are prepared by the directors and host/hostess and eaten in fellowship at The Raven’s Nest. A laundry facility will be available in the multipurpose building.