Samson 18 Awaits You!

June 17, 2019 by  
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We have learned much about men’s healing since 2012.  One of the lessons we have learned is that men are often reluctant to address their own healing.  The reasons men are so hesitant are various, but here are a few of the main ones:

  1. Men don’t think they actually need healing;
  2. Men are afraid to re-visit their past pain because they feel it is unmanly to do so;
  3. Men are too busy with all the distractions they have put in their life to cope with their past wounds.

Men are complex breed.  I should know as one, but it takes quite a bit of time to vet a man for his consideration of his own healing.  I have pursued men for many years before they finally commit to attending a Samson Healing Retreat.  I would say, on average, it takes 2-3 years for a man to surface at a Samson Retreat since the time when he is first approached with the idea to attend such.  Why does it take so long?  Well, frankly, men believe they can handle these things on their own.  God is often the last place a man looks to when it comes to deep inner healing.  The self-help movement and his own falsely developed sense of masculinity are contributing factors in this chronic delay to get help for sure.

We are left to pray, blog and hope for an encounter with men which will be meaningful.  Sometimes, catching a man in just the right crisis and at just the right time is enough to make the decision to attend Samson a reality.  These are divine encounters which it seems the Holy Spirit has a knack for bringing about.  Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful men who need to know the healing touch and love of the Father and the Son.  As we just celebrated the solemnity of the Holy Trinity, how appropriate is the timing of this beautiful interplay between God and His people.

On November 7th, we will sponsor our 18th healing retreat for men in Hammonton, NJ.  Men will be coming in from Mississippi, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and God only knows where next!  This retreat continues to draw men from all around the country.  God’s healing knows no borders and will continue to reach the so-called unreachable in His time.  Our job is stay faithful, be patient and ever ready to invite a brother in need to seek the face of Christ amidst his current pain, trials or struggles.

May God inspire more men to find healing.

Yours in Christ’s healing love,

Mark Houck

Founder of the Samson Healing Retreat for Men.

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