Operation Restoration Retreat at The Cove


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Building Strong Homes presents

Imagine the chance to get away from your day-to-day responsibilities and enjoy a time of restoration in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, N.C.

You’re invited to Operation Restoration

Friday, November 17 – Sunday, November 19, 2023

at the beautiful Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove

The Cove

The Cove

This retreat is designed with you in mind if you are looking for a time to get away and connect with God and other like-minded Christian women.

The worries and stresses that come from our culture today can cause us to want to shrink back in fear, allow ourselves to become overwhelmed with desperation, and believe there’s nothing we can do to make a difference. We’re here to help you understand that there is no truth in those statements and help equip you for your God-given calling. When we’re fearful we become paralyzed, and nothing changes. When we’re weak from being beaten down by busyness and expectations we avoid leaning into the calling God has for us. We believe God is raising up an army of women to declare His goodness and glory to a lost and hurting world, and you are part of His plan to help remedy that. Step out in faith and join us for a weekend where God wants to meet with you and reveal the perfect plan He has for your life. Don’t let past failures and mistakes stop you from claiming your place in the blueprint of God’s story. Come and see how He can restore the places long devastated so that you can become a thriving display of His glory.


Your Hosts


Elise Younts, Carol Roper, Julie Bagwell and Wanda Perry


Carol Roper
Carol Roper is the creator, producer and host of the Building Strong Homes One Story at a Time podcast and ministry. She has been in womens ministry for over 25 years and believes that women have the power to change the world but realizes we must first start in our own homes, building strong spiritual foundations. From there we are called to reach out to our churches, communities and beyond to make a difference for the kingdom. Her ministry was created to bring hope to those who have endured difficulties in their lives and with their families as well as to encourage women to draw deeper from their faith and build a strong relationship with God as well as other Christian women. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart, John, for 38 years and they are proud parents of a daughter and son and their spouses, as well as their lovable one-year-old grandson.

Restoring God’s Beautiful Plan for Your Life

Pain and heartache can keep us from stepping into the calling God has for us, making us believe that our past failures, hurts and mistakes are too large to overcome. Many of us need to look back and face the pain so we can address it and start over with pure hearts and a new desire to redeem the past and move toward the plan He’s had for us all along. Tearing out the old and rebuilding the places long devasted gives us the freedom we long for to become a woman who radiates God’s splendor and is a powerful force for His glory.


Julie Bagwell is a fun-loving, Bible believing Jesus follower who loves to share the freedom that is found when we apply the good news of the gospel to our lives. She has taught for over 20 years in Sunday schools, kids and womens ministries, small groups and is currently sharing the gospel through mind/body/soul connection fitness ministry. Julie has had a long career in Human Resources that has helped her appreciate the diversity if humans God has created. She’s been married 32 years, has three kids who have added in-laws and a granddaughter to their family.

Restoring What the Enemy Meant for Evil

Do you feel like the busyness and distractions of life drain you, mind, body and soul? Julie will discuss practical ways to guard and gain back control so God can heal and restore these areas of your life.





WandaWanda Perry is gifted by God with a grand imagination, sense of adventure and an extra dose of enthusiasm (she was once told she could make watching grass grow exciting!). She and her husband, Daniel, have served the Lord in local churches by teaching, preaching, praying and loving their church families for over 44 years. She retired from healthcare after 40 years, working in the capacities of department head of respiratory therapy at Greenville Technical College as well as the head of respiratory therapy at Anmed Hospital in Anderson, S.C. Wanda is a devoted wife, mother of two and a proud MiMi to five beautiful grandchildren and a lover of God’s word.

Restoring Faith to Overcome Fear

Do you struggle with fear or anxiety? Did you know that Jesus was afraid, even unto death? (Mark 15:34) Fear can be debilitating, rendering us unable to think or act, even to the point of succumbing to panic attacks. In this session we will journey through God’s word and learn what the Bible says about fear and anxiety. We will learn to recognize our fear or anxiety and share it with our Savior, understand the source of our fear and be restored through faith to a peace that only Christ can give.



Elise Younts 

From the time she was a child, Elise had a passion for bringing others to Jesus through her voice. Her childhood church family encouraged her gift and gave her many opportunities to sing. After several years of vocal training, Elise attended North Greenville University where she was accepted onto the Joyful Sound Ministry Team and traveled most weekends ministering to churches. She still enjoys singing and ministering at churches and events in our area, proclaiming God’s blessings. After a season of singleness, God recently answered Elise’s prayer and brought into her life her now husband, Wes.

Praise and Worship Leader







Enjoy your stay at the elegantly rustic hotel set in the beautiful and relaxing surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll be staying at either the Shepherd’s Inn or Pilgrim’s Inn on The Cove Campus, located conveniently next to the training center, where our event will take place. All meals while there will be provided The Cove’s professionally trained chefs and we’ll enjoy dining in the main dining room at the training center. Included with your accommodations is access to cappuccino, frozen yogurt, coffee and soft drinks. Prices are based on two nights, double occupancy rooms with five meals included. Note: To minimize distractions as you seek rest and renewal in your walk with God, guest rooms at The Cove do not have televisions.

Shepherd’s Inn

Pilgrims’ Inn

The Training Center’s Common Area

The Cove

The Dining Room

The Cove Dining Room


Tentative Schedule of Events

Friday –      Check-in begins at 3 pm


Welcome, Games and Activities

Session #1

Saturday – Breakfast

Sessions #2 and #3 with Activities


Free time

Live Panel Discussion


Session #4 with Activities

Sunday –   Breakfast

Check out at 10 am


Dismiss at 12 pm

One evening we’ll gather around the firepit and roast marshmallows to make s’mores and drink hot chocolate and hot apple cider. There will also be lots of fun surprises!

The Cove firepit

And we have the privilege of hosting our Sunday morning service at Chatlos Memorial Chapel, a beautiful sanctuary to worship and end our weekend away.


Here’s everything that’s included in your retreat fee:

  • Two nights/double occupancy accommodations in one of The Cove’s beautiful hotels and five outstanding chef prepared meals – Cost: $393 per person
  • One night bonfire with snacks
  • An oh-so-soft and super-cute long-sleeved t-shirt
  • Swag bag
  • Conference room for event
  • Music, fun, Biblical teaching and encouragement
  • Games and prizes
  • Sunday morning worship at Chatlos Memorial Chapel
  • Everything you need once you arrive on the premises
  • Special surprises throughout the weekend

Total retreat cost: $600 – payable in three installments of $200 each

Early Bird pricing through May 1, 2023 – $525 with $200 deposit

Final payment due September 17, 2023

Reserve your spot today! Only 30 spots available!


We can’t wait to see you there!


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