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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Religion, Religion-Related

Mission: 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.

Target demographics: 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

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Airport Chaplain

Client Served

Rating: 5

During the past 10 years my wife and I have been able to visit Shepherd's Refuge twice .... and, each visit has been a great get-a-way for Rest & Relaxation. Their refuge is in the peaceful N. GA mountains, far, far away from the noise and distractions of modern cities. Yet, it is not too far from the beautiful little village of Dahlonegha, GA. Beautiful walking paths, lovely mountains, quiet, peaceful place to chill out. Hope any one in ministry will book a visit for some soul-rest / R & R.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sandi & Ruedi are great hosts ! You will find that after a day of unwinding from the stresses of life you will begin to feel the batteries getting recharged! We highly recommend Shepherd's Refuge. It is truly a place for heavenly rest. You just have to make the effort to receive it.

~Adrien Neely (Director at www.EaglesRestGA.org)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What an incredible gift it was, for my wife and I in full time pastoral ministry, to be so warmly welcomed and given time and space for rest and reflection in such a beautiful setting. We are very grateful for Reudi and Sandy and the ministry of Shepherd's Refuge!

John & Gail DeGiovanni

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I spent a much-needed week of rest, refreshment and renewal in July 2015 at Shepherds Refuge. I have participated in other Pastor renewal programs, and this by far is our favorite. We stayed in the Selah cabin and absolutely loved it. It was quiet, secluded, and technology-free . . . which was what we needed. We spent a lot of time sitting on the front porch rockers just talking and enjoying the beauty of God's creation and the soul-refreshing quiet. The cabin is absolutely beautiful and has everything we needed for a week of solitude (as a couple) and renewal. We cannot wait for the chance to return if that opportunity affords itself.

Gary Whorlow - Pastor
Indianapolis, Indiana

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I were in Chattanooga for a conference, and before flying back to the busyness of family life and church ministry in Southern California, we were blessed with a couple days at Shepherd's Refuge. It was a perfect place to unwind and process all that we had taken in at the conference--Reudi and Sandy were available to cook meals or chat, but at the same time gave us plenty of space to be alone with God and one another. We stayed in the Upper Room of the main lodge, which was spacious and comfortable and quiet...so refreshing!

Client Served

Rating: 4

My wife and I discovered Shepherd's Refuge through a search on the internet. After checking it out, we inquired about a week's stay. We were accepted and we spent some much-needed time away there last summer. It was a great haven of rest for the two of us. It is close to many things to see and do, yet it is a wonderful place to get away from it all. It is a wonderful place where you can slow down the pace, and allow the Lord to renew your soul.
Our thanks to Ruedi and Sandy, who were very gracious hosts, for following the Lord's lead and creating this special refuge for those in the ministry. Our thanks to the board of directors who oversee the ministry, to all of the volunteers who helped to build the beautiful cabins, and to all who support the ministry with their prayers and financial support. Shepherd's Refuge has been a great blessing to us!

David387

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a pastor and my wife is a principal. Neither of us take much time off. The 5 days we spent at Shepherd's Refuge was a much needed rest. The cabin facilities were first rate and much better than we expected. Ruedi and Sandy were wonderful hosts. We can't wait to go back for another great experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I so needed a break from just the everyday struggles of ministry. We found out about shepherds refuge on the Internet. We win not really knowing what to expect. But as we arrive and met Sandy and Rudy a really big began to see how God was working this much needed break out. Immediately as you arrive you sense the presence of God. There is no pressure it is your vacation it is your trip and is it is your chance to get away and be still and reconnect with God. You can do as much or as little as you want to do again this is your refuge and I admire Sandy and Rudy for their dedication to taking care of God's chosen pastors and missionaries. We will go back and I recommend it to any hay need time away.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruedi and Sandy have been very instrumental in the growth and development of our ministry. Our time with them (twice) proved to be exactly what we needed to propel our vision for member care ministry. They are incredibly gifted with hearts of gold!

Client Served

Rating: 5

After many stressful months struggling in a wilderness within my ministry at my church along with my wife, who was granted her first clergy appointment after many years of serving within a church as staff, our stress level had reached a maximum. This was our second retreat at Shepherds Refuge-Selah Ministries. The afternoon we arrived, we both felt the Holy Spirit lift our burdens from our shoulders. As we entered the cabin, we felt as if we were entering into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, just to find rest. And rest we did find. As we disconnected from the world by turning off our phones, accessing no internet, and placing our souls at the feet of Jesus in the beautiful mountain setting that is Shepherds Refuge. For the first three day, we mostly sleep, relaxed, and meditated upon God's Word. The for remaining four days we explored the mountains around us by taking a trip to Brasstown Bald Mountain, the highest mountain in Georgia, traveled to Blue Ridge, GA, and various lakes near by. When we departs, our souls and bodies had found the rest we need and the spirits felt one with God's Spirit. This is a special place, offered by special people, for those called by God to find rest and to be revived.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I are in ministry. We spent a few days at the Shepherd's Refuge with Rudi and Sandy. These people are committed to serving the Father in the manner that He has called them to serve . . . moreover, the manner in which they do it is unlike the simple provision of room and board. Both of them go all out to treat their guests like royalty, and the accommodations are both superb and picturesque. Any and all travelers who are fortunate enough to enjoy their hospitality and genuine warmth are indeed favored by and of the Father.

Eyd and Yahn EL Stephenson
www.man-child.com