“Have Coffee Without Checking my Day-Timer?”
“The impact of being on our Sabbatical didn’t really hit me until I realized I could go out for coffee and not have to check my day-timer,” said Pastor Henry Klassen from Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada, while rejuvenating at Capernaum Inn recently.
After ‘Googling’ Christian Retreats in Florida on the internet several months ago, Pastor Klassen and his wife Judy made reservations for the month of March at Capernaum Inn while on a three-month Sabbatical that included a stop in Phoenix, Arizona and a Caribbean Cruise before their time at Capernaum Inn. They will have one more stop in Tennessee before returning to the Pacific Northwest to resume their duties at the Gospel Chapel in Grand Forks, B.C., just across the US-Canada border from Spokane, Washington.
The Klassens are no strangers to taking a much needed time to refresh from their ministry; their last Sabbatical was seven years ago. When asked if he was able to accomplish his objectives here, he enthusiastically replied, “Yes… and we love the lakeside facilities here, and we appreciate the atmosphere of the lovely prayer walk, and prayer garden”. Of special note, they both mentioned how much they appreciated the facts that they could choose a passive time for the work of restoration, or choose fellowship activities to participate in like the Sunday evening ‘Gathering’ at the Main Lodge near Lake Pierce. As accomplished musicians, the Klassens blessed the ‘Gathering’ group with their music and song on one special evening.
When asked if they had any advice for any other pastor, pastor couple, of church leadership considering spending time here at Capernaum, Pastor Klassen said, “I would definitely recommend Capernaum Inn…whether it is for a week or a month.” They both agreed that they “especially loved the flexibility of hosts Jim and Sherry Way” in accommodating a short visit from their children during their stay that required upgrading to a larger cabin, and allowed for day trips to nearby Orlando and The Holy Land Experience to enhance their experience.
“All in all it exceeded our expectations, and has contributed to a wonderfully encouraging time of refreshment,” said Pastor Klassen during his interview. “How about that cup of coffee now”?