Get Ready for Your Special Getaway!

We are bringing our closest partners together for a time of community building, celebration, and vision casting at the Sunriver Resort in beautiful Bend, OR.  The goal of this invitation-only retreat is to bless and encourage you, update you on the current status and impact of our work, and equip and inspire you to continue making a meaningful difference to a cause you care deeply about.

Lastly, we will have a lot of fun! Our retreat venue, Sunriver Resort, offers a wide range of exciting adventures and activities, including a gorgeous 18-hole golf course, a luxurious spa, and a large variety of options for both relaxation and recreation!


Registration has closed for this event. If you would still like to attend, please contact us at or at (503) 207-1320.


We have planned a full schedule of worship, fellowship, and learning into our time together as well as time for you to relax and enjoy the beauty of Sunriver Resort.


Winda Winowatan

President, Compassion First Indonesia

Winda is the President of Compassion First Indonesia/Yayasan Kasih Yang Utama (YKYU), headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. Since assuming her role with Compassion First in 2010, Winda has represented CF with excellence in daily operations and in dealing with the legality of procedures concerning non-profits. Winda is a recognized leader in the anti-trafficking field and a regular speaker for government-sponsored events and peer-organization trainings. She has moved Compassion First to the “front of the class” in all aspects of our work.

Winda likes to unwind after a hard work day by relaxing to a good movie or playing board games with her husband, Donny.

Keren Baldwin

Associate Director of Operations, Compassion First

Keren Baldwin is an Associate Director of Operations at Compassion First with 14 years of Anti-Trafficking experience working in Indonesia, in both residential Aftercare and currently in Community Development.  She finds her joy and purpose in seeing others develop their potential and flourish. She holds a Master’s degree in Global Leadership with an emphasis in International Development, from Fuller Seminary, and is also currently serving as the vice chair for the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST).

In her free time, Keren enjoys running, nature, and having a good cup of coffee with friends.

Valerie Bellamy

Director of Operations, Compassion First

The best thing about Valerie is the company she keeps. Her husband Dirk, and sons Jaxon, Luke, and Levi are her favorite humans. Cemeteries are her favorite places to meet with God. Her life has been most profoundly impacted by the people often considered least. It is Valerie’s absolute joy to share the riches they’ve given her. What an adventure it all is.

Valerie is the Director of Operations at Compassion First.

Mike Mercer

President/CEO, Compassion First

Mike is the founder and CEO of Compassion First, a Christian relief/anti-trafficking organization that has pioneered holistic, long-term care and rehabilitation for survivors of child sex trafficking in Indonesia. Their work is also supported by peer-to-peer law enforcement training efforts, legal advocacy for survivors, and community development work in severely vulnerable communities. Before working for Compassion First, Mike co-founded Foursquare Disaster Relief (FDR) and served in various pastoral roles in Beaverton, Oregon, following his graduation from Multnomah University in 1995. He was also the most recent chairman of The Accord Network, a trade association of U.S.-based Christian Relief and Development NGOs serving the global poor. Mike is an ordained minister in the Foursquare Church.

Mike lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Kymra, their three children, an Australian Labradoodle, and a Blue Nose Pitbull. He loves golf and martial arts and is good at neither.

Worship by Free as a Bird

Free as a Bird is a worship collective comprised of Jesus-loving folk who record hymns in new ways, write scripture songs with the aim to “hide His word in hearts,” and create original worship music fit for praising the Lord. Our goal is to inspire people to lift their eyes up and know where their help comes from.

Worship at the 2023 President’s Retreat will be led by Gretyl Baird and Staci Renee of Free as a Bird.


All retreat sessions and breakouts will be in the Great Hall Conference Center. All lodging will be in the Lodge Village.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I make my hotel reservation?

A: CF has secured a block of rooms that have been underwritten by a generous donor. We will make your hotel reservations for you. If you have any special requests or needs that you did not indicate on the form when you registered for the retreat, please contact us at or (503) 207-1320.

Q: I’d like to extend my stay before/after April 30 – May 2. Is this possible?

A: While this is possible, our team will not be arranging stays outside of the scheduled dates of the retreat. You are welcome to arrange your extended stay by contacting the Sunriver Resort directly.

Q: How do I check in?

A: There will be two check-ins: your room check-in and your event-check in. Check-in for your room at the Sunriver Resort begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, in the Sunriver Lodge lobby (please see the resort map for all locations). Your room is reserved under your name. Check-in for the retreat with CF staff will happen in the Landmark Gallery in the Great Hall Conference Center starting at 3 p.m. We will provide you with essential information and materials you’ll need for our time together.

Q: Can I bring my children? Is childcare provided?

A: Due the nature of our work, the content for our sessions may be considered PG-13. We respectfully ask that children do not attend this event with you.  

Q: What is the dress code?

A: This event is designed to be a relaxing and comfortable retreat, and the Sunriver Resort provides an outdoorsy casual environment. We encourage you to dress as you are most comfortable. The typical high/low for Sunriver in April/May is 64*/32*. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, so be sure to pack accordingly. The temperature in meeting rooms can vary quite a bit, so you may also want a light sweater to help avoid a chill.

Q: What time should I arrive?

A: Check-in for your room at the Sunriver Resort begins at 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 30.  Check-out time is 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 2.

Q: What’s the schedule for the retreat?

A: We have a variety of main sessions and workshops planned. Monday afternoon has been left unscheduled to allow time and space for you to enjoy the resort amenities and the company of one another. For a complete retreat schedule, please see the image above.

Q: What other activities are available at the resort? 

A: You can view the full list of onsite activities at

If you have a question regarding the Sunriver Resort property or policies, please visit the official Sunriver Resort FAQs page here:

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