April 19, 2018
Dear TATENDA followers–
In two weeks time we will depart as the Travel Team for Singapore and Malaysia. This is trip #13 and the two of us on the team, Jolie Monasterio and Nicki Verploegen, will meet up in Seattle before boarding a United flight to take us abroad.
This is the first time that TATENDA International will be giving retreats in TWO countries on the same trip. Both of these sites are staffed by women and men who work for the Good Shepherd Sisters in Singapore and Kuala Lampur. These caregivers work with difficult populations of abused children and trafficked women. The wear and tear on them is significant.
We have posted the websites for the Good Shepherd Sisters, the retreat sites in Singapore, and the Haven in Malaysia for you to check on where we are and who we will be with. These caregivers will be given a real gift of rest at lovely locations for the 28 hour-retreats we are giving. As a retreat team, we feel like we will be given a treat, too. No previous team has had such lovely spots to work in. Nevertheless, the need is acute for these caregivers and we will be focused on reinvigorating their livelihood. In Malaysia we will be north in Ipoh.
It looks like we will work with a total of 92 retreatants, a large number divided between four retreats. Please keep us in your prayers. We depart on May 1 and anticipate our return to the US late on May 20. We will overnight with our friends, The Callahans in Seattle, where we can debrief a little before returning to Spokane and Boston respectively.
Again, we will send out Updates from the Field. Our internet connection should be good enough so that we can receive emails from any of you who choose to be in contact. You will be sent our Updates by Sr. Marty Dermody, SC, from Cincinnati.
Thanks so much for your accompaniment in prayer. As always, these trips are only possible because a groundswell of support sends us. With much gratitude, we head to Southeast Asia to spread care in two new countries for us as an organization. Many blessings to you as you welcome Spring when it arrives.
The TATENDA Travel Team to Singapore and Malaysia
Nicki Verploegen and Jolie Monasterio