Hear the Call: October 6 – 9, 2023
Wondering if God is calling you into mission service? This event is for you! 

Explore your call to join God in global mission during this weekend retreat. Hear the Call is a powerful discernment experience for adults who feel called to short-term mission trips or long-term global service.

Join International Ministries’ global servants and staff, who will help you consider your call, answer questions, and address misconceptions of what it means to serve cross-culturally. The weekend is interactive, with times of worship and Bible study, inspirational messages, and personal reflection set against the beautiful backdrop of the Spokane River in western Idaho.


The retreat begins on Friday, October 6, at 7:00pm and ends on Sunday, October 8, at 9:00pm.

Ross Point Camp & Conference Center in Post Falls, Idaho

The retreat is $335 per person which includes the registration fee, a shared room with 2 beds, and meals for the weekend.  The meal package begins with supper at 5:30pm on Friday through breakfast at 8:00am on Monday.  If you are applying for a scholarship (see below) please do not register until you know the results of your application.  Registration will close at noon on Friday, September 29th.  If you’re ready to register, click here.  

A limited number of $250 scholarships are available for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) who are 18 years of age and older. If you apply for a scholarship, please wait to register until you hear from us. Scholarship recipients will be given a code to use during the registration process. Each recipient will be responsible to pay the remaining $85 when they register.  To apply for a scholarship submit this form.

Participants are responsible to arrange for and pay for their own transportation to and from Ross Point.  The nearest airport is in Spokane, Washington (GEG), 33 miles away.  Your options include renting a vehicle at the airport, hiring an Uber or Lyft driver (cost is about $97 each way), or request a ride with International Ministries for $100 round trip.  If you’d like IM to provide your transportation, please click on that option when you register.


The IM staff and global servants who will join you:
Image of IM Global Servants Alise and Mark Juanes

Alise & Mark Juanes

Global Servants in Thailand

Image of IM Global Servant Toya Richards

Toya Richards

Future Global Servant in South Africa

Claire Walker

Short-Term Mission Volunteer

Adalia Gutierrez-Lee

Area Director | Iberoamerica and the Caribbean

Charles Jones

Area Director | Europe, Liberia and the Middle East

Karen Smith

Area Director | Africa

Benjamin Chan

Area Director | East and South Asia

Image of IM Area Director for Southeast Asia and Japan Kyle Witmer

Kyle Witmer

Area Director | Southeast Asia and Japan

Image of IM Associate Executive Director for Global Mission Jim Bell

Jim Bell

Associate Executive Director for Global Mission

Jeni Pedzinski

Director of Mission Mobilization

What others have said about the retreat:

“The ‘Hear the Call’ retreat in Rhode Island in 2015 was an important step in our journey to become global servants. The retreat provided a comfortable and welcoming environment to explore our calling. It was an outstanding opportunity to meet vocational missionaries, International Ministries staff, and other individuals who were on the discernment journey. We were also able to learn about the appointment process. The retreat was a special time for us. We deeply felt the Lord’s presence through the many prayer, conversation, worship, and reflection opportunities. It was a time when we could sharpen our focus and see much needed clarity in God’s calling. We captured a photo of an autumn leaf because it represented the beautiful spiritual transformation happening in our lives in that moment. We were thankful for the opportunity to attend and for how God worked in our lives over the weekend.” Amanda and Jon Good, Global Servants in Hungary

“The Call Retreat was a vital piece of our story. Nowhere else did we have the opportunity to spend quality time with both missionaries and their staff support as we processed whether this was a road we wanted to continue down. God used and continues to use this time to further draw workers into the fields. It was leaving our Call Retreat in 2012 that we knew God was asking us to step out of our comfort and into his world.” Katrina and Kyle Williams, Global Servants in Thailand

“Attending the Hear the Call retreat was a blessing to me. The first time I attended Hear the Call, my expectation was to hear the process on how to become a missionary serving with International Ministries, not knowing that’s not the only thing I would learn at the retreat. And although I was already decided to do missionary work because of my past experience doing short-mission trips, Hear the Call opened up more helpful ideas and planning that I didn’t expect. When I first attended Hear the Call, I knew in my heart that was a divine appointment for me. It is truly a discerning time, and I can truly say that God was in the midst of the retreat and took a hold of my heart (again!) and sealed my decision.”  Jae Stockton, Global Servant in Mexico

“30+ hours round trip in the car from Reisterstown, MD, to Green Lake, WI, was not enough to dissuade my wife (Teri) and I from being physically present at Hear the Call 2018. We did not know what was ahead of us, but what we did know was there was a compelling force that was pulling us towards Green Lake. For Teri and I, Hear the Call 2018 was not an event. It was the birthing ground of our Righteous Leadership Mission Field from years of ‘pregnancy.'” Rev. Dr. Ray Charles (Maryland)

“Hear the Call gave me the opportunity to clarify my call and help me understand the life of a missionary.” – Abigail Medina Betancourt (Puerto Rico region)