Mission to Missionaries

Guest Writer: Oliver Dossman

Growing up as a Missionary Kid in Ecuador, I remember Home Ministry Assignments (furlough) very well. We travelled thousands of miles, visited family and friends, presented our work in churches, and were often faced with the need to raise financial support. I could see that my parents were exhausted, and while the relationships being nurtured were valuable, it was sometimes at the expense of their wellbeing. As a kid I had no idea that one day I would lead a ministry to help missionaries on furlough. As I look back now, it’s obvious to me that God was preparing me for this task all along.

Before founding Mission to Missionaries we did some research and found that of the more than ten thousand missionaries who are on furlough at any given time in the United States, only five percent take the time to rest. Many are exhausted when they return to their field of service, yet their work has piled up while they were away. When asked why they don’t take the time to rest, 65% of missionaries said they could not afford a retreat center or similar facility. More than half also said they were not aware of any missionary retreat centers.

To help meet the need for a missionary-minded retreat center, Mission to Missionaries is building EdenRidge near Crossville in East Tennessee. The key word at EdenRidge is rest. For some, rest may mean staying put at EdenRidge while enjoying the calm and serene surroundings. For others, it may mean time as a family enjoying some of the great parks and attractions in the area. After a stay at EdenRidge, our prayer is that missionaries will be well rested, renewed, and ready to continue their furlough or return to their field of service.

For more information please email oliver@missiontm.org or visit our website at www.missiontm.org.

4 thoughts on “Mission to Missionaries

  1. Mission to Missionaries is one of those noble ventures that is led by a noble guy. Oliver will be quick to point out that there are many capable people serving alongside him, and he is right, there are. But Oliver is one of those rare men who has a steady hand and a gentle spirit. I love and trust the guy, and thank God for him!

  2. When I first heard Oliver speak about a Retreat Center for missionaries several years ago, I wondered how in the world could this be accomplished. Obviously this is not of this world as Oliver and the other Board Members persisted and God clearly honored their hard work and sacrifice. This is quite a blessing for missionaries and a blessing to those who have sacrificed to see this happen.

  3. Oliver – thank you for hearing and ACTING ON God’s call! We appreciate the work you do and the kids really enjoyed Easter weekend at “Mr. Oliver’s Campground.”

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