Mission to Missionaries
The Vision

Background

Mission to Missionaries (MTM) exists to serve missionaries. While traveling on furlough, missionaries travel thousands of miles, visit family and friends, present their work in churches, and are often faced with the need to find financial support. While rewarding in many ways, a furlough is often a stressful and tiring time. 

Our research shows that of the more than ten thousand missionaries who are on furlough at any given time in the United States, only twelve 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. 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. While there are a few missionary retreat centers or retreat centers that offer discounts to missionaries, they are few and far between.

EdenRidge

We want missionaries to enjoy a retreat center just for them, and we don’t want money to be the reason they don’t come. This retreat center, currently under construction, is called EdenRidge.

The key word at EdenRidge is rest. For some, rest may mean staying put at EdenRidge in one of our well-furnished and decorated guest cabins 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.

In 2005, MTM purchased 130 acres of beautiful land on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. The property is located near the town of Crossville and the Fairfield Glade retirement community, and is within a day’s drive of two thirds of the United States’ population.

The property features beautiful views and bluffs throughout. Located just ten minutes from Interstate 40, it is easily accessible yet completely remote. Most of the land around EdenRidge was purchased in 2007 by the state’s Park and Recreation Department for the future Cumberland Trail project.

Currently, Phase 1 includes two cabins, a picnic pavilion, and a utility building. Our current capital campaign, Mission 360, aims to complete Phase 1 with the addition of a third cabin and various other improvements by 2015.

Future Phases

The long-term vision for EdenRidge is a world-class retreat center featuring up to 20 missionary guest cabins, a lodge for group guests, a campground, long-stay missionary housing, a chapel, a conference center, and numerous support structures. When fully constructed, these facilities will make it possible for EdenRidge to welcome over a thousand missionary guests a year as well as church and missionary organization groups.  

EdenRidge

 

 

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