Shepherds Refuge-Selah Ministries Inc
Rating: 4.94 stars 34 34 reviews 1,205
PO Box 1221 Dahlonega GA 30533 USA
Shepherd''s Refuge provides an environment favorable to restoration, renewal, refreshment and healing of relationships with God and family, addressing the needs of leaders in the ministry of the Gospel of Christ.
Pastors, Missionaries and Ministry Leaders
Direct beneficiaries per year:
over 100 pastors, missionaries and ministry leaders providing over 400 guest/nights
Geographic areas served:
all areas of the world but primarily in the USA
As non-denominational ministry, Shepherd's Refuge provides accommodation and meals, as well as secluded, scenic surroundings for pastors, ministry leaders and missionaries. This allows the guests to gain distance to the daily issues, enables them to find fresh perspectives, and renew their spiritual and physical strength. As a consequence their congregation and ministry will benefit from what their leadership "brings back from the mountain experience". Currently we accommodate 1 couple at the time, two if they know each other. Construction of the first of five cabins has begun in July 2007 and will be finished as soon as the necessary funds have been received.Accommodation and meals are provided free of charge to our guests thanks to donations to the operating budget. This allows smaller congregations to benefit from our services, too.
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Reviews for Shepherds Refuge-Selah Ministries Inc
My wife Susan and I were in need of a escape to seek the Lord's direction in our ministry. I am an Elder in The United Methodist Church. My wife is a Chaplin and a Spiritual Retreat Leader. We needed alone time with our Lord Jesus Christ, seeking his vision in our ministry. Shepherd's Refuge was just what we needed. The peaceful moments reading God's Word and being his God's presence while resting on the porch of the Selah Cabin were reviving. Our walks together along the many paths, stopping to pick apples, renewed our love for each other and for the ministry that God had brought us together to do. Add to this, the new friends we found at Shepherd's Refuge, especially our host, Ruedi and Sandy. I cannot express the gratitude towards Ruedi and Sandy for creating an oasis of love where one can enter into the presence of the One True God; Father, Son, Spirit; and be revived and refreshed, discovering your first love once more, ready to be sent to love and serve others. Shepherd's Refuge is just that place.
As the wife of a bi-vocational pastor, I can tell you there is no place like Shepherd's Refuge. Even though my husband is retired from one job he still farms a small acreage farm and pastors a rural church. Balancing all these responsibilities often causes us to lose touch with the really important things like being alone with God and time for each other. Shepherd's Refuge provides that peaceful, calm place where we can walk trails together, sit beside each other and read, or just get out and enjoy the beauty of nature. God has really spoken to us during these times at Shepherd's Refuge. We have made this a yearly retreat for several years, and I tell you I hope we never have to miss going.
Those called to the Gospel ministry of Jesus Christ are required to walk by faith and not by sight. A job description that challenges the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of life. Shepherd's Refuge provides ministers an idyllic mountain setting for a short-term getaway for relaxation, recovery, and renewal. The hosts are deeply spiritual, attentive, and available; yet very perceptive to your need for privacy. Shepherd's Refuge is God's gift to weary ministers.
My wife and I absolutely fell in love with this place. To be able to go to a place and have peace and quite from the everyday hustle and bustle of a pastor's life is beyond words. If you are a pastor, you MUST go here. Everyday I would walk the trails and sit on a prayer bench and do nothing but listen to the leaves fall (and yes you can hear them falling), the birds singing and the squirrels playing. It was so refreshing. We have already made our reservations for 2015 and 2016. It will be our annual retreat as long as the good Lord allows us to go. You cannot go wrong in coming here if you need refreshed.
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Shepherds Refuge is just what the name implies. It is a place for those in a shepherding ministry role to have a place of refuge for God to renew and recharge them while free of the daily duties and responsibilities of ministry. I was there last summer (August 2015) for the first time and it was wonderful. I stayed in the beautiful chalet (the Selah Cabin) in a rural, mountains setting. It was fully furnished and very comfortable. My alone time with God was exactly what I needed and Ruedi & Sandy are the most gracious of hosts. I highly recommend it to anyone needing a sabbatical and time away for rest and renewal. You won't be disappointed.
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I have gone to the Shepherds Refuge several times. I go to have time of solitude, prayer & fasting, and simply time away for rest. Each time, I have encountered God in a special way and always look forward to my next visit. The host's are wonderful; they leave you alone if that's what you want, or they spend time listening and praying if so desired. As a Senior Pastor, I have been the beneficiary of both.
What an AMAZING place God has raised up and what an AMAZING couple God has called to serve at Shepherd's Refuge. Our time there was filled with God's presence and blessings. We broke bread together at each meal and enjoyed DELICIOUS, healthy food (thank you, Sandy!). Our spirits were renewed, our weary bodies were refreshed, and our heavy load was lightened as we fellowshipped with our hosts, as we sat back and relaxed by the fireplace, as we had quiet moments in the Word, and as we went for walks together admiring God's beautiful creation. If you're in ministry and are looking for a secluded, beautiful place to meet with God and each other, then Shepherd's Refuge is the place. What a blessing!
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As Pastors, my wife and I where tired and needed a time alone with God., and as a couple. We wanted a place where we could rest, read and relax. We found all this at the Shepherds Refuge! The Selah cabin was the perfect place. We enjoyed the quietness and the beauty of the sorroundings. We even walked some trails and enjoyed watching the rain out on the deck. Ruedi and Sandy are incredíble hosts, always available! We came back refreshed and ready! We will definitely go back!
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As a ministry couple, my wife and I had been looking to find a place to get away to be renewed in our walk with the Lord. Shepherd's Refuge was the perfect place to go recharge our batteries! The accommodations and the staff are just top notch. We came away from our time there renewed and encouraged. It was a real "God thing" that we found this refuge in the gorgeous mountains of Georgia. We highly recommend it. We loved it so much we're going back again this year AND we've booked it for the following year already!
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Mid September 2015, my wife and I spent a week at the Selah Cabin. It was wonderful!!! The beauty of the surrounding woods, the quiet, the very comfortable cabin, the rocking chairs on the deck - need I say more? We left feeling rested and rejuvenated. We highly recommend Shepherd's Refuge and particularly the Selah Cabin as a place to enjoy nature, reflect, pray, write and commune with each other and with God. We'll be back!