Mike and Sandi Ray gained a vision for The Broom Tree Refuge in 1989. They were “in transition” and needed some perspective on their lives and ministries. It was during a stay in a cabin in Idaho that they saw the great need for such a ministry to others.
They continued in their work as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators. The Lord repeatedly brought to the Ray's minds and hearts the need for a place of retreat and refuge for people in ministry.
This need seemed especially important for those working as missionaries and in pastoral ministry. Many involved in such work experience severe stress, perhaps feel burned out, or become uncertain of their present calling. At times, they just need a time for refreshment, renewal and perspective. The Broom Tree Refuge opened in November, 2000 to provide this opportunity for rest and renewal to those who serve in the Kingdom.What is it like at TBTR?
There are two "cabins" for guests. One is a modern 3 bedroom, two bath building. The second is a modern 1 bedroom, one bath with a large loft. Both are located in secluded wooded areas and are fully equipped. The cupboards and refrigerator are stocked for guests, and when you notify us, consideration is given to any dietary restrictions. The cabins are tastefully furnished with all the necessities, providing a comfortable and safe place of rest and renewal. Guest only need to bring their clothes, and any special foods they desire.
It is not unusual to see a doe with her young fawns, and squirrels and birds are constant companions to anyone in the cabin. On occasion you will see wild turkey foraging for food, not to mention raccoons and even an occasional armadillo, possum or fox! No hunting, although you are welcome to fish in our two ponds, which are stocked with bass, bluegill and catfish.How is TBTR operated?
The services of the refuge are available to all Christian workers involved in Christian ministry - regardless of mission or church affiliation. Recognizing that often those in ministry are not always well supported financially, Broom Tree has no set fees. It is operated on a donation basis according to whatever guests can afford to contribute toward the cost of their stay. No one is refused a stay based upon an inability to pay. Gifts from churches, organizations and individuals toward operating expenses are gratefully received.Who comes to TBTR?
Pastors, Missionaries, Staff workers in churches and Christian organizations.
Each family, couple, individual or team coming to the Refuge will be served on the basis of personal need rather than going through a set program. Mike and Sandi Ray talk with guests to determine particular needs and interests. Together they determine how to best meet those needs. The emphasis is on how to help individuals get to the place God has for them. At times, all a person or family may need or want is a time of rest. A typical length of stay at The Broom Tree Refuge might be one to two weeks, depending on the needs of guests and the time available in the cabin. Often it takes a week simply to unwind so a guest can begin to face issues they are dealing with in their life and ministry. However, guests have stayed anywhere from three days to three months.