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    Ladies, did you get what you wanted for Christmas? Did any of your presents include a weekend away with other women of faith for a time of refreshing and restoration? If not, your hubby has a chance to redeem himself this Valentine’s Day. Ask him to buy you a weekend trip to the Real Women Retreat in Ohio’s beautiful Amish country.

    This getaway is planned for June 1-2, 2018, and the third annual event will be bigger than ever. You can stay in one of two Carlisle Inns, at either the Sugar Creek or Walnut Creek locations, and the retreat will take place in the brand new Ohio Star Theater in Sugar Creek.

    Real Women started out in 2016 with about 200 women in attendance, and it expanded to host nearly 250 in 2017. This year, Sandy Lore is stepping out in faith to plan for 500 ladies!

    The matriarch of The Lore Family (see thelorefamilyministries.com), Sandy attended several Women of Faith conferences in Columbus, and she also went to one in South Carolina which hosted 20,000 women.

    “I heard the Lord whisper to me and say, ‘I love them all.’” — Sandy Lore

    “I remember the first time I went to Women of Faith, I started looking around. There were so many different types of women there. Then I heard the Lord whisper to me and say, ‘I love them all,’” she said. “I was blessed that God created every one of them, and they are all different. I felt in my heart that I wanted to minister to them.”

    She first began holding smaller women’s conferences through the Christian Baptist denomination at local churches in southern Ohio. Then after her family launched a full-time singing career in southern gospel, they visited the Carlisle Inn in Sugar Creek. “The Lord gave me the vision there to have a retreat,” she said. “I was scared to death, and Darren (her husband) thought I had lost my mind.”

    The retreat will be held at the brand new Ohio Theater.

    But she knew God was speaking to her, and she and a group of about 15 of her closest friends teamed up to organize the first one in June 2016. “I was amazed how God brought it all together and how beautiful it was,” she said. Each year, her support group helps publicize and works to sign up other ladies to attend. In addition, they have prayer meetings leading up to the event. Then they arrive early on the day of the retreat to help set up the refreshment tables, decorate, prepare food, and register the attendees. “They keep me calm and tell me everything’s going to be ok,” Sandy said.

    The second go-around took place in June 2017 with ladies coming from more than 60 different churches, and they barely fit into the room where the retreat was held at the Carlisle Inn in Sugar Creek. “I just knew you could not get more than what we had last year into that room and be comfortable. I felt in my heart that it needed to grow, and it would grow,” Sandy said. “But you can always hear Satan nagging and saying it will fall apart when you have a vision and a leading from God. That’s why it’s called faith.”

    What should you expect at this event? 

    Attendees begin to check in at the hotel on Friday, June 1, at 3 p.m. Yummy snacks and refreshments are available in the lobby to hold you over until dinner. You have a couple hours to unpack and freshen up for the evening’s activities. If you get ready early, you may even have some time to browse the great shops surrounding the hotels.

    Expect to eat some delicious food!

    At 5 p.m., everyone heads for the Dutch Valley Inn for a hot home-cooked style Amish meal. The retreat begins at the theater at 7 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m.  Then it’s time to slip into your PJ’s for an all-girl slumber party with board games, corn hole, swimming, popcorn, cookies and more. Or you can head to your room for a good night’s sleep.

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