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What is Camp Barkeley? 

Camp Barkeley is a former WWII Army Base where at its peak 60,000 men were trained to bring liberation to Europe and Nazi concentration camps. Here at Camp Barkeley our historic landmarks include the Army’s 100-station rifle range and a newly renovated mess hall. We also have a retreat center that sleeps 18, six dormitories that sleep up to 110 and a worship center that offers a unique gathering place for classes and worship events. We have miles of hiking trails through 400 acres of manicured canyons and hills. On the summit of our property is a prayer center that strategically overlooks Abilene and the surrounding cities.

Camp Barkeley Training and Equipping Center (CBTEC) is located on 1,000 acres of land in Buffalo Gap, Texas. CBTEC is a partner organization with Iris Abilene and provides the housing and infrastructure needed for our school. We are excited to welcome you to Camp Barkeley, for it has been sanctified and set-apart for encountering the manifest presence of God.

What will the schedule be like? 

Classes will be Monday through Friday during the day. There will occasionally be some evening sessions and times set aside for outreaches and other service opportunities.

Can I just attend the Abilene, TX portion of the school? 

Our 8-week school will be divided into two sections. The first six weeks will take place at Camp Barkeley in Abilene, TX. The second section will take place at our partner ministry, Casa De Dios in Guatemala.

This year we will be offering the six-week Abilene training to students who are interested but may be unable to attend the Guatemala portion.

Students, however, interested in extended service opportunities with Iris Abilene or Iris Global must complete the entire 8-week program including the outreach.

Where will I be staying during the school? 

We have dormitory bunked housing with kitchenette and full bath amenities. While at our school you can enjoy community living and build meaningful relationships with your roommates.

What if I’m married, can I still attend? 

We have onsite housing for married students and families. During the application process we will finalize housing details and seek to meet any special needs your family may have.

Do I need a passport for this school? 

Yes, to travel to internationally you will need a valid passport.

Who are the directors of this school? 

Rolland and Heidi Baker have commissioned Norm and Angel Poorman the Executive Director and CEO of Iris Relief and Founders of Iris Abilene to facilitate this Iris Relief Leaders School.

What if I have more questions? 

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