“A Vision for the World… A Home for your Family”
South of the Alps
Ladies Retreat & Conference
South of the Alps (SotA) began in 2003 as an outreach
ministry of Calvary Baptist Church in Aviano, Italy. However, the event did not get the title of
South of the Alps until 2005. In 2005
and 2009 SotA was hosted by Vicenza Baptist Church. Vicenza Baptist Church gave the event its
current name, SotA.
The founders of the event aimed to develop a ladies retreat in
which the greatest number of ladies could attend with minimal difficulty. Hosting the retreat in a local church enables
ladies of the community and neighboring areas to attend without the expense of
travel, lodging, and long-term childcare.
Each lady could arrange for childcare during the retreat sessions and
then return home to her family and sleep in her own bed.
Since some ladies are able to travel and attend SotA,
invitations to the retreat are sent throughout Europe. We are always excited to make new friends.
The retreat, better described as a conference, has
historically started with an evening meal on a Friday. Our keynote speaker would teach the first
session that evening. The conference
would resume on Saturday morning with a light breakfast fellowship followed by
two more sessions of solid and practical Bible teaching. There would be inspirational and uplifting
music, door prizes, and games interspersed throughout the conference. The last session on Saturday before lunch is
perhaps the most special of all. It is
the time for all who want to share what they have learned, how they have been
encouraged, or about any decisions that they have made.
Each South of the Alps has an overall theme from which the
Bible lessons, music, games, gifts, etc flow.
Some of the past themes are:
2003 - There's a Hole in My Bucket
2004 - Streams in the Desert
2005 - Light in Darkness
2006 - More Than Sparrows
2007 - Bee Blessed
2008 - Putting the Pieces Together
2009 - Out of the Heart
2010 - Love in Every Room
2016 - There's a Hole in My Bucket
As you can see there is a gap between 2010 and 2016. The founders and organizers of SotA were
unable to plan or host the event for several years. Needless to say, we are EXCITED that SotA is
back on the calendar.
We are praying for God to bless in ways we've not known
before at the SotA and that HE will expand our boundaries and allow ladies from
other regions to attend.
I hope to see you at SotA this year:
Joyfully in HIS service,