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At ServantCARE, we are actively engaged in the practice of biblical hospitality and desire to see it restored to the Body of Christ. To that end we have established the following hospitality network.

Hospitality homes allow us a wonderfully practical way to “care for those who serve”. These are privately owned, smoke free Christian homes made available by those with a heart for hospitality, and a desire to serve those in ministry. Some are available only overnight, while others are available for longer periods of time. Some are small homes with a spare bedroom while others are large and have amenities like pools, game rooms, and libraries. Some are immaculate and some are well lived in. Some are remotely located for those who need quiet rest, but most are centrally located to interstates for convenience. All have hosts with open arms and open hearts.

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Life Impact  “Life Impact offers hosted places of rest, retreat and renewal (called Oases) for International Workers and Christian leaders. Our guests have the option of utilizing coaching services when they visit an Oasis. Each Oasis is hosted by a qualified couple or single and takes on the “flavor” of that Host’s gifts, calling, and experiences.”

Christian Hospitality Network  “The mission of the Christian Hospitality Network is to give those in full-time ministry both at home and abroad the rest, esteem, and honor they deserve.”

Christian Lodging Networks and Care Resources

Worldwide Lodging, Retreats, and Resources for those in Full-Time Ministry:

Alongside
Assemblies of God
Barnabus International
Care for Pastors
Converge Mid America
Free or Low Cost Retreat / Vacations For Pastors
Healing Choice Ministries
Just Between us/Christian Magazine & Ministry
Leading & Loving It
Link Care Center
Makahiki Ministries
Missionary Care Ministry
The Mission Finder
Mountain Learning Center
OSCAR / UK Info Service For World Missions
Pastor Care Network
PastorServe
Pastor’s Wives Thriving
Presbytery Pastoral Care Network
Sonshine Ministries
Tony Cooke Ministries
Winshape Foundation

Free or Reduced Lodging and Ministry Resources for Pastor’s and Missionaries

A Quiet Place
CleftRock Retreat Center
Creekside in the Rockies
Marble Retreat
The Refuge Retreat
Christian Camp & Conference Association
Shepherd’s Refuge
SonScape Retreats
Quiet Place Ministries

Calvary Missions Resource Connection   A GREAT site for missions resources  “a ministry to missionaries and senders. Our primary goal is to provide missionaries with the information and resources that they need to enable them to fulfill the ministry God has called them to. In addition we work to equip pastors and senders with the information they need to support their missionaries as they prepare for the mission field, while they are living overseas, and upon their return to America.

Listed below are individuals and ministries that offer accommodation to missionaries when they are on home visits. Also check the listing of retreat centers in the Personal / Marriage / Family section of the website for other options.”   (all annotations theirs — see there site for tons of other resources also)

A Quiet Place  Located in Bryantsville, Kentucky, A Quiet Place, Rest and Renewal Retreat Center offers a free five-day self-study sabbatical program with accommodation for singles and couples in ministry.

Baan Sabai  Located in southeastern Indiana, Paracletos Ministries runs Baan Sabai, a retreat center for missionaries, singles, couples or entire families, on a donation basis.

Bar-J Ranch  Located in El Dorado, Arkansas, Bar-J Ranch invites pastors and missionaries and their families to stay for a reduced rate during the fall and winter months for a pastor’s retreat.

BMI Oasis  In Richland, Michigan, BMI Oasis, a ministry of Bridge Ministries, Inc., offers accommodation and several retreat options for pastors and missionaries and their families for rest and renewal.

Buffalo Ridge Hospitality and Retreat Center In Williamsburg, Kansas, Buffalo Ridge Hospitality and Retreat Center is a ranch that provides accommodation for pastors and missionaries and their families.

Canna Country Inn  In Etters, Pennsylvania, Canna Country Inn is a B&B that offers a 25%-75% discount for pastors and missionaries and their families.

Chalet Retreat Ministries  Located in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, Chalet Retreat Ministries has 8 chalets, each sleeping 2-7 people, that they open to pastors and missionaries and their families for a low cost for strengthening and renewal and counseling when needed.

Christian Pastors’ Retreats  In northeastern Tennessee, Christian Pastors’ Retreats has two cabins in which they offer accommodation for pastors and missionaries and their families on a donation basis.

Cleft Rock  Located in southeastern Kentucky, Cleft Rock Retreat Center has three large cabins accommodating 4, 13, and 27 people. They allow missionaries and their immediate family to stay for free for up to three nights.

Coffee and Counsel  In Bailey, Colorado, Coffee and Counsel provides free accommodation for 3-7 days for pastors and missionaries and their families.

D&D Missionary Homes  In St. Petersburg, Florida, D&D Missionary Homes provides homes for missionaries who are on furlough, preparing to go on the field, or upon their return from the field.

Deer Ridge Ministries  In Freeport, Illinois, Deer Ridge Ministries provides free 5-day self-directed retreats for ministers and missionaries and their spouses.

Diamond T Ranch  Located in Clark Fork, Idaho, Diamond T Ranch offers reduced rates to pastors and missionaries and their families. They have hiking, fishing, horse-back riding, bicycling, and games available to guests.

Drink from the Spring  In Vista, California, Drink from the Spring is a 3-bedroom house intended to be “a resting place where missionaries and foreign aid workers can come with their families to pause from their work for up to a year.”

Eden Ridge  Near Crossville, Tennessee, Eden Ridge is a retreat center that offers an 80% discount to missionaries for 2-14 nights’ stay (possibly longer, subject to approval).

En Gedi Retreat  In Yampa, Colorado, En Gedi Retreat has a cabin that sleeps six people on a working cattle ranch which is available for free to pastors and missionaries and their families.

Home of Peace  In Oakland, California, Home of Peace offers reduced rates for pastors, missionaries, and their families for short-term accommodation in the B&B and long-term accommodation in a two-bedroom apartment which sleeps eight people.

Laurel Ridge Cabins  In Summersville Lake, West Virginia, Laurel Ridge Cabins is a group of holiday cabins that offers a discount to pastors and missionaries and their families.

Missionary Retreat Fellowship  In Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania, Missionary Retreat Fellowship provide affordable housing for missionaries on home assignment, making their seven homes available to rent at reasonable rates for short-term or long-term stays.

New Season Retreat  Fifty miles west of Washington, DC, New Season Retreat is a two bedroom apartment that is made available for free for 1-4 nights to individuals and couples in full-time Christian ministry.

Norwood Christian Ranch  In Norwood, Colorado, Norwood Christian Ranch invites pastors and missionaries and their families to stay for free for up to two weeks in one of their apartments or the cabin.

Schechem Tucson  In Tucson, Arizona, Schechem Tucson provides a free 5-day retreat in their home for pastors and missionaries and their spouses.

Shelter Pines  Near Colorado Springs, Colorado, Shelter Pines provides accommodation in an apartment that sleeps up to five. This is offered on a donation basis to missionaries on home visit.

Shepherd’s Refuge  In Turner’s Corner, Georgia, Shepherd’s Refuge offers accommodation to ministers and missionaries and their families with scholarships available to cover the costs.

Shepherd’s Rest  In Columbia, South Carolina, Shepherd’s Rest, a ministry of Godspeed Resources Connection, offers short-term accommodation and meals with informal debriefing.

Siloam Missionary Homes  Located in Snow Camp, North Carolina, Siloam Missionary Homes has twelve homes available at a low cost to missionaries on home visit and retired missionaries.

Snow Mills Guesthouse  In Bogart, Georgia, Snow Mills Guesthouse, a ministry of Missionary Care Ministry, allows missionaries to stay in three bedrooms of the main house or in a three-bedroom apartment for free for 3-days up to a month.

Sunrise Acres Retreat  In Bedford County, Pennsylvania, Sunrise Acres Retreat is a Christian retreat center that offers a 25% discount to pastors and missionaries and their families.

The Dwelling Place  In Cassville, Wisconsin, The Dwelling Place is a ministry of Servant Care offering inexpensive accommodation in a large home to single Christian workers and couples.

The Gathering Place  Outside Charleston, South Carolina, The Gathering Place offers short-term housing for pastors, missionaries and their families.

The Haven  Located in Eure, North Carolina, the Haven provides accommodation for missionaries for two days to two weeks for rest and renewal.

Hotel Discounts  According to the Baptist Missionary Transportation Ministry (linked above), some Settle Inn & Suites, Super 8, and Best Western offer one night stay free to missionaries and pastors with proof (a business card or prayer card) of ministry involvement. Contact hotel chains individually to find out about availability.

English Creek Baptist Church, Newport, TN, has a lovely 4 bedroom missionary home located approximately 45 minutes from Asheville, NC, and Knoxville, TN, near I-40. The house sits in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and is available for missionaries on deputation, furlough, vacation, medical or educational leave. No rent is charged. Occupants pay the electric/water bill.  The home is completely furnished and maintained by the church. Reservations for 2 weeks to 1 year are accepted if the home is vacant. Contact 423-623-8802 for more info.

The Potter’s Place, Central, SC: Pastors and workers respite.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Myrtle Beach Christian Retreat, 4105 Poinsett North, Myrtle Beach, SC (843)272-6649  info@mbcr.org  www.mbcr.org

TENNESSEE

On the Cumberland Plateau near Crossville, Tennessee, EdenRidge provides a place 10 minutes off I-40 for missionaries and their families to truly rest while on furlough. The cabins, built in 2012 and 2013, each include beds for four, a fully-outfitted kitchen, a spacious living room and a washer and dryer. A bunkhouse with eight beds is also available on the property to accommodate larger parties. An endowment fund covers missionaries’ rates, making the cabins free for up to two weeks a year. To learn more about the cabins, check availability, and schedule your stay, visit http://www.edenridge.org or contact the owners at info@edenridge.org

Fairhaven Ministries in Blue Ridge Mountains of E. TN. Retreat and Counseling Center for Christian Workers. Individual chalets and cottages situated on 100 acres of high-altitude land in a mini-valley surrounded by US Forest Service land. Valley has been developed into a welcoming village with fifteen guest units and a spacious lodge. Designed to accommodate personal retreats, personal or marriage counseling. Reduced rates available to full time ministry personnel or missionaries. 2198 Roaring Creek Road, Roan Mountain TN 37687  PH: (423)772-4269  Fax: (423)772-0017  info@fairhavenministries.net  www.fairhavenministries.net

Good News Today, providing free temporary housing for missionaries in 2 beautiful two bedrooms fully furnished homes amidst a wonderfully wooded setting. Lots of acres for children to play. Contact Deliska Lombard at (931)438-8479 or gntoday@vallnet.com

Kings College House, Richard Stanislaw, 1350 King College Road, Bristol, Tennessee 37620-2699, Phone: (615)652-4784

Shepherd’s Rest Ministries, three bedroom townhouse for missionaries. 1847 James Dr., Nashville, TN 615-898-1756 Harold Bryer, Director sheprest@hotmail.com

Wears Valley Retreat Center, Rt. 7, Box 291, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862 Ministers may stay two nights free per year on week nights, space permitting. Regular rates for week nights are $25 couple. No children. Phone: (615)453-2382

TEXAS

Bethel Missions in Pharr (near McAllen) Phone: (956)630-6307

Dallas, CAM International, Guest Facilities for less than a month, 8625 La Prada Drive, Dallas, TX 75228 Phone: (214) 327-8206 or Toll Free: (800) 366-2264 x1030, Apartment with queen and futon. $40 Efficiency apt. with two full beds. $40 Another with a queen with shower only. $35 Two small rooms with adjoining bath $25

First Baptist Church, 1200 Beach, McAllen, TX 78501, Phone: (512)686-7418

Rio Grande Bible Institute, 4300 S. Business 281 78539, Edinburg, TX Phone: (210)380-8100 Fax: (210)380-8105

Shepherd’s Pasture Conference and Retreat Center, Jefferson, Texas Phone: (903)865-2647  www.shepherdspasture.com  LOW FEE E-mail: shm@shepherdspasture.com  Stan and Stacey Self, Directors

Westwood Ministries Retreat Center, P.O. Box 291446, 5000 Bandera Highway 173, Kerville, TX 1(830)634-3082 1(800)583-9841 Fax: 1(830)634-7001  westwood@ktc.com  www.westwoodministries.org

VIRGINIA

Bethany House Ministries Jim and Karon Storment, P.O. Box 14853, Greensboro, Virginia Phone: (336)272-4766  rest@innatbethany.org  www.inatbethany.org

Blue Mountain Baptist Homes, P.O. Box 635, Claudville, Virginia 24076

The Master’s Inn, Highway 29, Alta Vista, Virginia Phone: (804)369-5053 Efficiency cabin – FREE for one week

VERMONT

Howard and Carolyn Peake, R.R. 1, Box 593 05679, Williamstown, VT (802)433-6281

(Shared home) Mrs. Sandra Mollica, 456 Old Connecticut Rover Road, Springfield, VT. 05136 (free to furlough and emeritus)

WASHINGTON

Camano Island – Peaceful one bedroom/one bath home with complete kitchen, laundry facilities, internet access, loft with TV, back deck with hammock and grill. Bring own groceries. 1-2 week stay. Sorry, no long-term occupancy available. You may contact Bill Wayland directly at bgwayland@wavecable.com for availability. If you wish to have ServantCARE make all the arrangements for you, there is a $25 donation to ServantCARE

Cedar Springs, 700 Minaker Rd, Sumas, WA M-W or W-F 2 night mid-week get away. First time free. $40 per night per couple after that. Phone: 1(360)988-6674 Fax: 1(360)988-6226

Methow Valley Ranch Ministries, located next to the North Cascade Mtns, set in 60 acres of rolling pasture and wetlands ideal for walks and quiet meditation. Accomodations are “up-scale” and include a unique Prayer Center to enhance your worship and prayer experience. A brief walk brings you to the scenic Chewuch River for fun and sport fishing. 255 East Chewuch Road, Winthrop, Washington 98862 (509)996-1899 or (509)996-3219 Fax: (509)996-3578  info@mvministries.com  http://www.mvministries.com/main.html

The Firs, 4605 Cable St. Bellingham, Washington 98229  http://www.thefirs.org/  1(800)765-3477

The Hosanna Way Station Christian Retreat Center Carl and Tamra Stevens, 8 Hosanna Way, Republic, Washington 99166 Phone: (509)775-2967  www.cuonlinenow.com/users/hosanna  hosanna@cuonlinenow.com

WEST VIRGINIA

Faith Mountain, Central Lakes Region of West Virginia. Inter-denominational retreat ministry consisting of 250 beautiful wooded acres, a newly built four-bedroom cabin and three newly built two-bedroom guest cottages. Special rates available for full time Christian workers, as well as a scholarship fund for full-time Christian workers with limited funds and an immediate need for a get away or counseling. Contact Herb or Kathy Miller at HC 73 Box 18 C, Rosedale,WV 26636 Phone and Fax: (304)364-4019  faithmtn@mountain.net  www.faithmountain.org/

Shalom House, N3283 Frances Lane, New London, W. VA. (920)982-3815  Mark@theshalomhouse.org  www.theshalomhouse.org

WISCONSIN

Broom Tree Ministries, 5 day retreat for full time Christian pastors and spouses. Retreat agenda is to spend large blocks of time alone with God in prayer, rest, Bible study and with spouse. Daily schedule set by participants. Dinner together is required. All meals and lodging provided at no cost. Attendance is by invitation. Contact us regarding available dates and an application for invitation. Broom Tree Ministries, PO Box 180681, Delafield, WI 53018 (262)646-7774  drhanon@execpc.com  www.broomtreeministries.org

Ministries Resource Center, non-denominational retreat and counseling center. Four apts, 2 are efficiency, very Reasonable, 50 Acres of peace and quiet. Woodman, Wisconsin (near Prairie du Chien) alitamrc@mhtc.net Contact Pastor Gerald or Alita Robertson at (608)988-4326 or (988)4649 14190 Barker Hollow Road, Woodman, WI 53827

Cedarly Pastors Retreat, near Milwaukee, WI, for full time Christian pastors and spouse. Completely restored and renovated home set on the shores of Upper Nemahbin Lake. Reflects the simple elegance of life a century ago, free of outside distractions. Retreat runs from Sun. eve at 4 pm through Fri morn at 11 am. All meals are included except dinner on Sun. You stay in one of six guest rooms with private bath. P.O. Box 180455 Delafield, Wisconsin 53018 1(262)646-7772 Fax: (262)646-7773 E-mail: cedarly@execpc.com  www.cedarly.org/

Elim Retreats located on Lake Huron’s shore in Wisconsin Renewal retreats for single and married full-time missionaries and pastors. Free!! Located on 1400 private and secluded acres on Lake Huron’s shore, Providing refreshment and r enewal in the Lord, 6 day low-key continuing education opportunity. Henry and Diane Stewart, 2803 Apple Tree Ct.,Waukesha, WI 53188 (262)524-0167  hstewart5@juno.com  http://www.barnabas.org/elimretreats/

Shalom House, N3283 Frances Lane, New London, WI 920-982-3815  www.theshalomhouse.org  Mark@theshalomhouse.org

Sonshine Ministries, Sonshine Ministries Apartments are located in Menasha Wisconsin about 30 minutes south of Green Bay. Sonshine provides temporary housing for missionaries on Home Assignment or in transition. We have six beautiful, fully furnished apartments…One with 4 bedrooms, one with 3 bedrooms, one with two bedrooms and three with one bedroom. We also offer Pastoral Care if requested. Sonshine Ministries also provides a retreat condominium for Wisconsin pastors. Costs and applications can be found on our website. 1110 Geneva Road, Menasha, Wisconsin 54952 (920)-727-0000 or (262)-441-0513   http://www.sonshinemin.org/

Northhaven Pastors’ Retreat: Northhaven Pastors’ Retreat is a place for full time Wisconsin Pastors and their families to get away for a week from their busy schedules. Located in beautiful Door County Wisconsin just across the highway from Peninsula State Park, this fully furnished Condominium has three bedrooms with beds to accommodate 7 people. There is a fireplace and a patio with a gas grill. As a part of the Northhaven Condominium Association, we have access to a year round indoor pool and exercise area and an outdoor pool, volleyball court and recreation area. Costs and applications can be found on our website:   http://www.sonshinemin.org/ Address: 1110 Geneva Road, Menasha, Wisconsin 54952 Phone: 920-727-0000 or 262-441-0513

Vehicles for Furlough   (also from “Calvary Missions Resource Connection and annotations again theirs)

Grace Corporation  Located in Max, North Dakota, Grace Corporation offers low cost rental cars for missionaries on home visits.
Christian Missionary Technical Services  Located in Bernville, Pennsylvania, Christian Missionary Technical Services offers loaner cars for missionaries on home visits for minimal cost.
Missionary Auto and Truck Services  Indiana.  “Since 1977, mats.org has assisted thousands of organizations and individuals in finding transportation, “
Missionary Ministries  Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, Missionary Ministries provides vehicles to missionaries on home visit on a donation basis.
The Car Ministry  Located in Falls Church, Virginia, The Car Ministry provides cars for the poor and needy and for Christian workers.
Missionary Resources Connection of North Carolina  Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Missionary Resources Connection of North Carolina provides vehicles for up to 3 months to missionaries on home visits for a minimal weekly donation.
Missionary Tech Team   Located in Longview, Texas, Missionary Tech Team has a fleet of cars and minivans that they leave inexpensively for up to a year to missionaries on home visits.

Macedonian Call Foundation offers low cost rental cars for missionaries on home visit. They have several locations linked below:

Good Shepherd Baptist MissionsGood Shepherd Baptist Missions offers emergency road assistance for missionaries on home visit through a network of local churches across America.
  Righteous Rides’ Vision is that every international missionary has access to affordable      and stress-free stateside transportation.