Aglow International Retreat is March 31-April 1 near Searcy

Monday, March 20, 2006

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Aglow International North Arkansas Area Spring Retreat will be held March 31 through April 2 at Wyldewood Retreat Center in Searcy, according to Barbara Batsel, of Eureka Springs, vice president of Lighthouse Development with Arkansas Area Team of Aglow International.

Theme of the retreat is "Preparing for the Bridegroom."

Special speaker for the retreat will be Genendal Fratantuono, who Batsel describes as a seasoned prayer warrior, having served as coordinator of Capital Hill Prayer Alert in Washington, D.C., for more than three years.

"Genendal has strong leadership capabilities and is a true motivator," Batsel said. "Her husband was in the Air Force and the radar man on Air Force One. He had a fatal accident and she continued living in Washington with her three daughters.

Actively involved in several prayer groups which impacted political issues, she has been active in the American Coalition for Life and was a lobbyist.

Remarrying in 1994 and returning to her roots in Mississippi, Fratantuono now serves on the Mississippi Area Team of Aglow International as the South Area President, and is currently city coordinator in Gulfport for National Day of Prayer.

Her testimony includes surviving Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, when she says she took authority in her home over the flooding water and commanded it not to rise any higher and leave, which happened.

Special guest will be Jane Long, a professional artist from Gulfport and the local Gulfport Lighthouse president. Batsel said that Long is an anointed prophetic artist, portraying on canvas the word being brought forth.

A former teacher in Chicago, she is a Realtor and intercessor.

Leading praise and worship will be Clara Riggleman of Bolivar, Mo., where she is the Worship and Arts pastor as part of her church's ministry team.

She has been involved in praise and worship ministry for 20 years as a singer, songwriter, musician, worship leader, choir director and administrator.

"For Clara, there is no greater joy than to lead others into the presence of the Lord," Batsel said.

Riggleman is married and has two sons. She has toured Germany, Virginia and Montana with a worship band and has led worship at conferences, women's meetings and retreats.

Also on the program is Prodigal Daughters, a group of traveling women from the McPherson Unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections. They will sing and share their testimonies to spread the love and joy of the Lord, Batsel said.

The retreat center offers heated and air-conditioned cabins with inside bathrooms, with enough bunk beds in each to accommodate a number of people. Other accommodations are also available on a first-come basis.

To get to the center, take Searcy exit #35 from U.S. Hwy 67-167, on to Beebee Capps and go west to the third stop light and turn north onto Main Street. From Ark. Hwys 16 and 36 in Searcy, turn left on to Main Street.

On Main Street, persons should go north to a four-way stop at Main and Moore and continue North for about two miles to a four-way stop at Riverside Park Road, and turn right. Continue another two miles, and turn right when the road forks under the Wyldewood Retreat Sign. The road winds alongside horse pastures, and the center is on the left.

Registration is due by March 20 and is $100. Late registration is available after that deadline, and includes lodging, but no meals. Refunds are not available.

Registration information, including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address, may be mailed to Karen Martin, P.O. Box 8141, Searcy, AR 72145.

For more information, contact Batsel at (479) 253-8690.

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