Preparing Places of Refuge & Hope

A seminar focused on crisis preparedness, establishing places of refuge and rebuilding communities post-disaster

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Why this event?

All across the body of Christ people are hearing the Lord’s call to prepare Places of Refuge in preparation for the coming days. The vision is described in several ways: cities of refuge, places or refuge or refuge places, but the one ingredient they have in common is a vision of caring for hurting people in times of crisis.

As the shakings increase in intensity and frequency, there will be many families displaced from their homes and on the move. These Refuge Places will be a spiritual oasis for the displaced, a hand of compassion for the broken, and will at times, witness the supernatural provision and protection of the Lord.

They will differ in assignments, size, and location. Some will be located in rural areas with large tracts of land, others in a suburban setting, and some in the very heart of a city. The common bond these Refuge Places share, however, is caring for precious people in the hour of crisis, especially the least and the last.


Why rebuild cities?

Just as preparing places of refuge is a missional strategy so is rebuilding communities post-disaster; often these skill-sets and resources for both preparing before or rebuilding after overlap.

Introducing and sharing these skill sets with those post-crisis or in developing nations provides a way to practically demonstrate the love of God and offers a context in which discipleship can take place.

Jesus told us in Luke 21 and Matthew 24 that it would be in the context of famine, war, pestilence, and earthquakes that the gospel “would then go forth to every nation.” Do you have a strategy to be a part of reaching the harvest?

What can I expect?

Your days will begin and end in passionate worship and prayer. The seminar consists of classroom and hands-on training with plenty of time allotted for fellowship, meals, and networking with like-impassioned brothers and sisters.

Most importantly, we are confident that as a result of your participation, you will grow closer to God, obtain a critical Kingdom-building toolset to employ within your own community, and develop lifelong friendships.  

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household... Hebrews 11:7

Intensive Seminar Topics

What You'll Learn

  • Clean Water

  • Alternative Power

  • Farming

  • Alternative Medicine

  • Animal Husbandry

  • Disaster Preparedness

  • At-Risk Communities

  • Moving People and Resources 

  • Preparing Places of Refuge

  • Rebuilding Communities

  • Security and Safety Issues

  • Establishing Disciple Making Communities

  • Discerning Times, Seasons and Dynamics of Crisis

  • Food Security

  • Personal, Community and Church Preparedness

  • Building Networks and Strategic Relationships

They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities... Isaiah 61:4

Important Information

Here's Where We Answer Your Questions


Location: CRI Mission Base, Training Camp & Conference Center

Address: 2494 Camp Jaycee Road, Blue Ridge, Virginia  24064

Date:  Tuesday, April 30 – Saturday, May 4, 2019

Shuttles: CRI shuttle available for $10 each way to and from Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA). Must request ride, if needed, during registration.

Shuttle Times:

  • Tuesday, April 30, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM from (ROA) to the camp
  • Saturday, May 4, from 4:15 AM – 12 PM from the camp to (ROA)


Price includes all meals, lodging, training fees and background check (for those staying onsite). 

For those who would like to lodge offsite, you are more than welcome to do so but we do require you to be present at the onset of each day’s activities and remain on the base for the course of the day until the final evening session concludes.  All meals are included with the cost of your registration, as well.

  • Individual / per person – $395.00
  • Couples / per person – $375.00
  • Individuals & Couples who would like to lodge offsite / per person – $295.00
  • Youth [12-17] / per person – $99  (must be accompanied by adult at all times)

Is There Anything Else I Should Know?

All are welcome! Please let us know if you have a disability or physical condition so we can best accommodate you.

Once you arrive on Tuesday for registration, you are required to be onsite for the duration of the training. No alcohol or firearms are allowed.

For questions regarding this event, please email Val at or simply click "Register for Preparing Places of Refuge & Hope" below for more details.

Val CooperCRI Training Director

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