My husband, Andrew and I have been with a mission agency for 40 years. Part of his ministry involves being out of the country three or four times/year on lengthy trips. We both have very full schedules. This past January, we both badly needed some quiet, restful time away before his first trip for the year began. Shepherd's Refuge was the perfect place for us to go. The location is beautiful, private and peaceful and the cabin far exceeded our expectations. We did lots of hiking to beautiful waterfalls, as well as just sitting on the porch and reading and reflecting, enjoying the peace. Ruedi and Sandi were wonderful hosts. We enjoyed the opportunity to visit with them and get to know them and their heart for ministry. At the same time, they made it known that if what we wanted was just solitude, that that was fine, too. We enjoyed both and the freedom to do that. It was just what we needed to feel renewed, restored and ready to go again. We're grateful for the opportunity and look forward to returning there.
My wife and I are both Clergy and pastor 3 churches. Our week escape to Shepherds Refuge is a blessing. We turn off all access to the outside world and enter into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most beautiful setting to be revived and refreshed.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
I spent 5 days here while on sabbatical and it was the perfect "rest". It was also great to explore the area-I loved the parks and the waterfalls. The hosts were wonderful as well.
I work at a not-for-profit ministry in Ontario, Canada, and was starting to feel emotionally and spiritually depleted early this year. My wife and I were directed to Shepherd's Refuge by a colleague, and I am so grateful we were! What a blessing to have a quiet break away from the regular bustle of kids and ministry, spending precious time with my wife and exploring new areas of God's world! So wonderful to meet Reudi and Sandi as well! Great hosts!
God knew exactly what I needed during a time of transition in my ministry. I needed the serenity of the gorgeous tapestry of the North Georgia Mountains to envelop me into His Peace...I need to allow the hospitality of true servants of the Lord to experinece loving care that I seldom stop to receive...so I could "be still" and hear from the Lord! The decision to visit Sheperd's Refuge has changed me and given me a beautiful opportunity to set out on a fresh new course in what the Lord has called me to do. Reudi and Sandy are truly a gift and the ultimate facilitators of a place of rest, relaxation, refreshment and healing!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
One of the most refreshing weekends Spiritually and physically
For most of us in ministry, it's easy to lose focus to the point that it feels like "just a job." We can lose sight of the very reason we do what we do.
Shepherd's Refuge is a perfect place to "shut out the noise" of everyday life, to reconnect with our Creator, and to regain a clarity of vision.
I've known the Mettlers for many years, and one couldn't ask for better hosts!
I have had the great pleasure and honor to get to know Ruedi & Sandy as a volunteer to help in a variety of ways. These are people that truly love The Lord and are called to serve in this ministry. They have a calling to serve those that serve the congregations, mission fields and all of us. Anyone that is blessed enough to get the opportunity to spend time at Sheperd's Refuge will come away renewed, uplifted by Ruedi & Sandy's love and caring, and refreshed after spending time in this beautiful mountain setting.
It has been and hopefully will continue to be a blessing to help with this amazing ministry. As we all know our Pastor and Christian leaders are under attack and have one of the highest burn out rates of any profession. Therefore, Ministries like Shepherd's Refuge are critical for the well being of those in leadership roles.
We are Jimmie and Hattie Booker of the "Servants of Jesus Christ Ministries here in Georgia. We have had the privilege of staying at the Shepherds Refuges. We were treated with the utmost kindness and love. They served us like kings and priest in the kingdom. The times of refreshing were outstanding. We were cared for. We will always remember those famous, homemade, healthy blueberry pancakes. Yum!They truly love the people in God's kingdom. They want to help all to be refreshed and keep on tract with God's plans for your lives. They clearly understand that there are times when those that are always on the front line need a time to come away and get rejuvenated in the spiritual realm.
We really love and appreciate this over and about giving couple.
My wife and I spent a week at Shepherds' Refuge in June 2014, during a sabbatical. It was a great place to get away from the daily pressures and stresses of ministry. Having served in vocational ministry for 43 years, it was particularly valuable to have a place like this available to go to for quiet meditation, prayer, Bible study, and just reflecting on God's goodness to us.
Ruedi and Sandy were such gracious and understanding hosts, and the Selah cabin was an absolute delight! The accommodations were first class; there was no tv, phone or internet for distraction; they had literally hundreds of good books to offer, and it was just a great week for us to get away.
We recommend Shepherds Refuge to anyone and everyone in the ministry.
Ron and Sylvia Phillips
My husband is the pastor of a small church in Northwest Florida. We have been to the Shepherds Refuge two time and both time has been VERY RELAXING. The last time we were there Ruedi and Sandy had to be away because of a family emergency. We were still greeted and taken care of the whole time. This has been such a blessing to us!
My wife and i have truly been blessed for this ministry. We have been missionaries for 18 years and in addition we have cared for our aging parents for the past 13 years. Together these activities make for so very long and stressful days. When we found out about Shepherds Refuge we were overjoyed. Ruedi and Sandy have become friends, not just hosts. We have returned home refreshed and renewed from both of our visits (once in the Upper Room and once in the Selah Cabin). God's grace shines through in all that they do for their "guests." We value this ministry and have become donors as well as being counted among hte "clients served" so faithfully.
My husband is a bi-vocational pastor of a small rural church in South Georgia. We have been on the field for over 24 years at this church. He has recently retired from a full time position with a state university and farms 100+ acres of cotton and peanuts. Our life is pretty hectic and last March we were in need of some time to rest and time alone with God. We found what we needed at Shepherd's Refuge. What a wonderful place! Our hosts were very gracious and gave us plenty of opportunity to seek God's will for our lives. They were there for us if we needed to talk, or just enjoy a meal together. Shepherd's Refuge is a great place for pastor's and their wife to get away from the world and find peace.
My husband is a pastor and Shepherd's Refuge was a very relaxing, spirit-filled time for us. Our hosts were gracious and service outstanding. We stayed in the main lodge with Ruedi and Sandy couldn't have asked for better company. Beautiful mountain experience. Highly recommend Shepherds Refuge for anyone looking for spiritual renewal..