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Four Miracles Updated

So much has happened over the past seven years! Sarah is now a beautiful high school freshman who loves basketball and dance. Alexis is a middle-school child who delights in all things girly and crafty. David is a athletic middle school student. We were blessed to have adopted Zachary in 2011. He is now eight […]

Why Don’t You Quit

By Dick Moltz I get asked sometimes why I don’t quit doing Tres Dias weekends. Surely I have done enough. Why not quit ? I was at a weekend in Colorado a few years ago. There was this big guy there. Sloppy looking and dirty. Kind of a jerk. Arrogant. Hair wasn’t combed and shirt hanging […]

Jesus Said To Them

by Don Bohl “One beautiful thing about working for Jesus— you’re not responsible for results. You’re just responsible for showing up. He shows you what to do from that point on.” This is how Ray Skaggs, a Texan who once lived the good life as an executive in the oil and gas business, then lost […]

President’s Letter – March 2017

When I was elected president, I shared my theme–and my vision–for Tres Dias, which I expressed as “Together in Unity.” It is essential that those of us who serve on the International Secretariat, and those who serve as leaders in the communities that make up Tres Dias work together to carry the message the founders of this ministry were […]

Aftercare for Pescadores on their 4th Day

By Jeb Harper  Be sure you know your flocks, give careful attention to your herds. Proverbs 27:13 The better you know your candidate, the easier it will be to provide opportunities for them to stay engaged after the weekend.There are two kinds of opportunities: Tres Dias opportunities and personal opportunities.      Tres Dias Opportunities: The first opportunity […]

A Gift of Life

By Margie Wallis   When I learned I was pregnant in October 1996, I was less than happy. Harley and I already had two sons, one with significant health challenges. The idea of another child was more than overwhelming and impractical. It was highly unlikely. I had been fighting bronchitis for several months that year, […]

That Bible At The Front Table

By Dr. Charles Allen Before any talk is given on a Tres Dias weekend, we light a candle. There is always a Bible on that front table, for a very important reason. That book is at the center of everything that happens on a weekend. The words in the Bible have transformed millions and millions […]

The Power of Three

The Power of Three Erin McCallon-Estremera On a sunny, comfortable afternoon in May, three friends gathered together and began their three-day journey inward. When I was considering the Tres Dias retreat and very much undecided, I learned that another member of my church had made the decision to attend the weekend. Okay, I thought, maybe that would work, […]

The Jesus Hug

By Alex Yefetov It was Men’s Central Connecticut Tres Dias #37, but to me it felt like a bad version of Alice in Wonderland.  The community had kindly invited me to attend the weekend with the goal of later sharing my experiences back home in Kiev, Ukraine. At that time, in 2000, the Kiev TD […]

Returning To Our Roots

Tres Dias for Spanish Speaking Communities America has always been a melting pot of cultures, like a giant pot of soup whose flavors blend together. In Tres Dias we value our diversity, and are reminded of it each time we sing De Colores—“of the colors.” Since Tres Dias roots are from Spain, expanding to Spanish […]

Revelation at the Rollo Table

By Jan Coleman  When Jerry G. agreed to serve as table leader on a recent Tres Dias weekend, he never expected it would shift the gears of his life. “Going through my first weekend was somewhat mechanical for me,” Jerry admits. “I was awed at the way it was all set up, the way hearts moved.” […]

A Lesson from the Wedding at Cana

Head Storeroom cha? Why me? Not exactly the role I see myself in, I thought as I pondered the invitation to serve. And then came the more practical considerations: Coffee prep is not one of my gifts, and this job description does not fit me much. Naturally I said yes to the rector, but in […]

The Role of Fourth-Day Coordinators

By Freddie Bell-Berti and Angela Andrew Editor’s note: Many congregations in Fairfield County Tres Dias have special servants know as “fourth-day coordinators.” These are individuals or teams within the church that support new pescadores from that church and keep everyone in the congregation who has had the TD experience in touch with the larger community. […]

The Great Physician Shows Up at Tres Dias

By Frank Yarbrough In 2004 the doctors told me I would never work again. My medical history is long and complicated. Here’s the short version: Multiple neck surgeries, plates and screws from the C3 to C7 vertebra, spinal stimulator surgically implanted in my back and neck, removed later when numbness spread from waist to toe and […]

How to Invite Others to Tres Dias

By Mike Pennington After experiencing a Tres Dias weekend, we feel so full and so free that we want to share everything about the weekend with others. But then comes the dilemma. What do we say? Here’s how it goes, on occasion: “I just went on a Tres Dias weekend. It was great and you […]

What Pastors Say About Tres Dias

In our April-May-June issue, we invited spiritual directors in the Tres Dias communities to complete a short questionnaire, telling us about their personal response to their first Tres Dias weekend and how Tres Dias had made a difference in the spiritual life of their congregations. We hoped that the survey would provide convincing endorsements of […]

What To Say When the Rector Calls

By Lyle Gibbons Like many of you, I have served on quite a few weekends now, but having just experienced the honor of serving as Rector last weekend, I have gained a new perspective on what your new or prospective Rector looks for. The phone rings……you’ve been aware that the Rector has called some of […]

The Princess Thing

by Jeanette Hanscome I knew God had me at Tres Dias for a reason, but I never expected he would plan my seating assignment. “Read the bookmark in front of you,” the rector said. “Then take a minute to reflect on why God might have placed you at that table.” I’ve always liked the name […]

The Tortoise & The Hare

By Gordon Mackenzie I have no trouble recalling how I felt in the weeks leading up to my Tres Dias weekend. The session actually occurred over ten years ago, but it still seems so vivid and meaningful in my mind that the passage of time has not erased my feelings. In spite of the fact […]

March 2016 President’s Letter

The President’s Letter As we begin this new season of weekends, I ask myself why Tres Dias is such an effective ministry, and if this is true, why do we have communities that are doing poorly? The short answer is passion. When I see how the fans of a sports team behave at games and […]



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Let me close out this special Christmas issue of our newsletter with a quick note to say thank you to all of our pescadores out there and to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This has been a good year for our communities with a lot […]

An Angel in the Pew

Based on a journal entry in Tom Miller’s Encouragement Journal It was one of those weekend church conventions where camper enthusiasts pull their vehicles into a large campground and enjoy cookouts and conversation before the event. Tom struck up a conversation with the husband and wife in the camper next to his and learned that they […]

The Angel in the Plaid Flannel Shirt

By Brenda Higgins In the fall of 1994, I was the chief auxiliary on the ladies’ weekend. The camp we used was old and not equipped for the handicapped, and one of our spiritual directors was unable to climb stairs. Normally, each of the spiritual directors would have her own suite, but this time we were […]

Kairos Prison Ministry

At a time when church attendance is shrinking and smaller congregations are shuttering their doors, new faith communities are rapidly gaining a foothold in an unlikely place: state and federal correctional facilities. What is more unlikely, perhaps, is that while civil liberties organizations are piling stones atop the wall that separates church and state, those […]

If There Was No Christmas

By Rev. A. Charles Allen If there was no Christmas, there would be no Easter, no Thanksgiving Day, no beautiful church buildings or cathedrals, no hymns and gospel songs, no beautiful Christmas trees and lights, no Christian weddings, no twelve apostles, no New Testament in the Bible, no Tres Dias, no access to God except […]

Community Communications

Perhaps the time has come to give up on traditional print-and-mail newsletters. Electronic media offer a less expensive and more efficient means for keeping community members informed. In response to a request published in a recent edition of this newsletter, Stephanie Oppenheimer of South East Tennessee Tres Dias described how her community keeps everyone up […]

The President’s Letter

The President’s Letter

Fellow Pescadores, As I look out my window this morning, I see all the signs of spring, a new beginning. For gardeners, it is the time of planting. Soon it will be the time of tending and watering those plants, and then before we know it, the time of harvest. In Ecclesiastes 3 we read the […]

Choosing an Email Marketing Service

Most internet service providers (Gmail, Yahoo, MSN/Hotmail, etc.) place limits on the number of recipients for a single message on a given day. This restriction has given a boost to email marketing services such as Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, Vertical Response, and I-Contact. These services not only allow users to send mail to large numbers of […]

The Serenade

When Sharon Reagan arrived at camp for North Texas Tres Dias #11, she felt totally out of her element.  Just a few hours before, her husband Charlie had given her some send-off advice, “Just enjoy it.” Fine for him to say, she thought, he was on the other side of his weekend. Sharon was uncomfortable […]

A Gift of Life

A Gift of Life

By Margie Wallis When I learned I was pregnant in October 1996, I was less than happy. Harley and I already had two sons, one with significant health challenges. The idea of another child was more than overwhelming and impractical. It was highly unlikely. I had been fighting bronchitis for several months that year, leading […]

Sponsoring–The Lifeblood of Tres Dias

Sponsoring–The Lifeblood of Tres Dias   By Jan Coleman “I’m not a giant in the world of sponsoring,” said Milt Underwood, as he opened the sponsoring workshop at the TDI Assembly. But as the current chair of Georgia Mountains Tres Dias, he is well aware that, “While God is the lifeblood of any community, the […]

Oct 2014 President's Letter

Oct 2014 President's Letter

  DeColores! Each year we do a survey of all our communities to determine the assessment each community owes. This past year we modified the formula so it would be based on new pescadores instead of active members. This was done for two reasons. First, to establish the assessment level based on a number that […]