Prayer #80: For Retreat and Conference Centers During the Coronavirus Crisis
There are thousands of retreat and conference centers across the country, and the vast majority of them are either at least temporarily closed or struggling to stay open with very few groups coming to their facilities. Most of these centers have large staffs---everything from reservation and office management, financial accounting, outdoor activities staff, cafeteria workers, housekeeping, maintenance and so much more. Many staff workers at these retreat and conference centers have been furloughed for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis; and many have been laid off. This lengthy period with little or no business at these centers may very well lead to permanent closure on the part of some of them, something that would affect the availability of facilities for church and ministry retreats, business meetings, and many other groups.
We pray for retreat and conference centers that are in severe financial difficulty due to the effects of the Coronavirus. Pray that they would be sustained through this period of hardship. Pray for God's provision for the many people working for these centers who have lost their jobs, either temporarily or permanently. Especially we lift up the Christian-based retreat centers, for God's special care during this time.
Lk. 12:24: "Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds."