“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7, TLB)

A Gift from God was formed and officially recognized as a California religious nonprofit organization on April 30, 2019. We received our 501(c)(3) designation on August 27, 2019 and began our first fundraising campaign in February 2020.

Yes, A Gift from God is a non-denominational, evangelical, Christian organization founded with the purpose of serving and nurturing full-time Christian missionary couples through a 10-day complementary sabbatical retreat designed to revitalize marriages, restore bodies and souls, and renew intimacy with God and Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Prospective applicants should agree with our Statement of Faith which is listed on our website’s Home page under “Mission”.

The sabbatical retreat is completely free and includes lodging and a food and fun allowance. Air transportation within the United States is also included for missionary couples provided they are located more than an 8-hour drive away from our facility. Couples are responsible for all costs associated with any off-site activities that exceed their allowance. If your application is approved, a deposit or cancellation fee of $100 is required to secure your reservation. Cancellation notices should be emailed to: info@thePlaceToRest.org at least three (3) weeks prior to your scheduled arrival date to avoid forfeiture of your deposit.

The complimentary sabbatical retreat is for full-time, married missionary couples who are affiliated with a missionary agency and are awarded on a case-by-case basis. Regretfully, we are unable to accept singles, children, or pets.

The city and lodging selected by A Gift from God has been described as beautiful, quiet, and peaceful. Some might say it is the perfect sanctuary. It is located within close proximity to sandy beaches, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Carlsbad’s 2017 population was listed at 115,300. Although small, there are lots of interesting things to do and explore. Check out our “Home page” to learn more about things to do in Carlsbad.

Due to bookings made for other missionary couples, the 10-day sabbatical period cannot be extended.

The continuing education element of the sabbatical retreat is a self-directed program which allows participants to create their own schedules. Activities such as Bible study, prayer, and reading are just a few examples of qualifying activities that fulfill the 4-6 hours per day educational component of the retreat.

In Carlsbad, the summers are short, warm, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cool, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 76°F and is rarely below 39°F or above 83°F. The warm season lasts approximately 3 months, from early July to early October, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest days are in August with an average high of 76°F and low of 65°F. The cool season lasts approximately 4 months, from late November to early April, with an average daily high temperature below 67°F. The coldest time of the year is in December, with an average low of 45°F and high of 65°F.

The lodging facility offers the following amenities: 1) Free Internet  2) Free cable TV and 3) Onsite washer and dryer.

A Gift from God provides both a meal and entertainment allowance for each couple. This allows the couple to dine out or purchase groceries and cook their own meals anytime during their stay.

Sabbatical Retreat Activities

The self-directed sabbatical activities require couples to spend 4-6 hours each day in activities that will strengthen both their personal and professional lives. Activities include but are not limited to: Alone time with God (talking and listening), Bible study, prayer walks, private praise, worship, and thanksgiving, praying and reading the Word, and writing to God. These activities should help couples by facilitating healing, restoration, and intimacy with God and with each other.

Sabbatical Application

“After the apostles returned to Jesus, they told him everything they had done and taught. But so many people were coming and going that Jesus and the apostles did not even have a chance to eat. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go to a place where we can be alone and get some rest.” (Mark 6:30–31)

We are delighted that you are considering a 10-day sabbatical retreat from A Gift from God. Our mission is to provide compassionate care, exemplary service, and above all, to show brotherly love in the name of Jesus. Our selection process involves fervent prayer over each application received so please complete your application thoroughly.


Daily e-Journal

“And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:2–3, ESV)

We kindly ask all residents to complete our online Daily e-Journal to document their continuing education activities.  Because your activities maintain and/or improve your job skills, they should satisfy the IRS continuing education requirements and allow you to attend the sabbatical not only free of charge but also without a tax penalty. Please note, we are not accounting professionals and do not give tax advice so please verify this information with your accountant or CPA.


Exit Survey

“And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up. That’s why whenever we can we should always be kind to everyone, and especially to our Christian brothers.” (Galatians 6:9–10, TLB)

At A Gift from God, we strive to provide an experience that is memorable, beneficial, and gratifying. To accomplish this, we need to your help. Please complete and submit this online evaluation form on the last day of your stay. It will give us valuable feedback and provide additional documentation for IRS purposes.


Restore your souls. Renew your strength.

“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30–31, MEV)