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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

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 3

Dear Brother / Sister: Greetings in Christ Our Lord. I belongs to Christian- Brethren,. In 1976 when I am in High School Final(10th Class) Went to Summer Bible School. With Sports and Games preacher taught on Exodus of Israel in Bible came through 12 Chapter, Passover lamb, that indicates Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who He Slain, to redeem us from Bondage of sin and Slavery of Satan. Holy-Spirit Worked In me, Confessed my Sins at Him with tears, Accepted Lord Jesus as My Saviour, After came to, church, testimony Given , taken Baptism in River. This is my salvation Experience. With studies, Lord Used me His testimony among Youth and Sunday School, and Church. Studied Upto graduation in Arts, B.A., and Diploma in Civil Engineering DCE, from the beginning of My Spiritual Journey, Lord calling me to Fulltime Ministry. Asked Him Give Opportunity to do Job for 2 Years , get the job in Construction,As supervisor, After at the age 30, Obeyed to His Ministry.Dedicated In 1990, Get the Married in same Year.. Dedicated to Lord' Ministry. I am Paster, Evangelist, Prison-chaplain( In India Government gives some Hours to say ethics to Prisoners with that We proclaiming Gospel) No Payment (Every year We have to renew the Permission for Prison) Now I get Permission, Doing since 17 Years. . Have the family , Wife is Annie, She Is In also in fulltime evangelistic ministry. Working among Women and Children. We have two Children, Beulah and Prizy. They are in studies. , For Prayer and F Fellowship I am mailing to you Ministries: 1. Have Small Church, in that Teaching Word of God, Preaching Gospel 2. Prayer cells 3. Home Bible studies 4. Evangelism to individual and Groups and at large 5. Sports ministry 6. Prison Evangelism, 7. Tribal Gospel tours 8. Youth Retreats 9 . Sunday School 10 Sunday School teachers Training 11.Reaching the Un reached, , Outreaches in villages and Towns around . Preaching Gospel with Mega-Phone in Streets and Distributing Tracts, With Assembly Programmes on- going12.Showing Mercy Upon Food Begging People by Giving Chacolats, Conducting Like Sunday School. Distributing Old Clothes( Collected )to Old and Needy..13. Help the Poor and Needy. We ready to Serve Christ on Behalf of Him, To anybody and Church and Group.By Above methods. . I Declare that All Above Written is True and Correct in the Sight of God and me. Thank you, Your' in Christ, Bro. Paul Raju Address: Bro.Prathipati Paul Raju, , Evangelist, prison-Chaplain, Bethesda GDM Christian Assembly Church, Old town, At Pond, H. No.15-20-8, Opp.NTR park Gate, TANUKU-534211, Andhra State, INDIA. Phone: +91 9701707987, +91 8819-227063,e-mails:prathipatipaulraju@gmail.com prathipatipaulraju@ymail.com Preview Youtube video of grace Gospel By Prathipati Paul Raju and R. Joshi Image Attachments area Preview attachment unnamed.jpg Image unnamed.jpg Note:http://facebook.com/prathipatipaulraju
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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a missionary preparing for my first term of service overseas, and the last year and a half has been a whirlwind of applications, partnership development, cross-cultural training, professional training, and packing. About a month ago, I started to realize that the wear and tear of going, going, going without taking a break or taking time to be quiet with the Lord was overwhelming me. I needed a place to go away and be quiet for a little while, and Shepherd's Refuge was the perfect place to do that. The location was beautiful, the hosts are wonderful, and the ministry is such a blessing. I would recommend it to anyone in ministry who needs a chance to spend some time with the Lord and to be at rest.

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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.

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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!