Our Mission is Missionary Care
” Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4, NKJV)
Rejuvenation. Relaxation. Restoration. This is what Gary and I experienced on our very first trip to Carlsbad and what we want our complimentary 10-day sabbatical retreats to provide for our missionary couples.
A Gift from God, Inc. was formed with the sole purpose of providing missionary care to full-time Christian missionary couples in an effort to help them decompress from the multitude of challenges experienced on the mission field. The sabbatical retreat involves a 4-6 hour self-directed study program that will also contribute to the well-being of the couples. The 10-day sabbatical retreat includes beachfront, oceanfront lodging on the beautiful Pacific coast, round-trip air travel within the USA, airport car rental, and a food and entertainment allowance.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, NASB)
Prior to pursing this call from the Lord, I didn’t know very much about the plight of missionaries, however, during my research to learn more, I soon discovered that the attrition rate for missionaries is very high. Many experience burnout due to the rigorous demands of the missionary lifestyle which involves years of training in theology, the local culture (which can be hostile, even dangerous), and the secondary job they will be doing while preaching the Gospel. Coupled with their field work, missionaries must also balance their marriage, families (missionary kids are often sent away to boarding schools), physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. When they return home on furlough, they typically have no house or car, yet they still need to travel around the country to meet with other believers and churches to solicit their prayers and financial support in order to return to the mission field.
Our goal at A Gift from God is to provide compassionate care and a place of respite where missionary couples can get away to decompress and find relief from the many stressors that negatively impact their marriages, children, and ultimately the mission field. This is not just a complimentary vacation, but a spiritual retreat. Couples will be required to participate in a flexible, self-directed, continuing education program 4-6 hours each day. The self-study program is designed to help them maintain and improve both their vocational and personal skills, develop spiritually, pursue their relationship with Jesus Christ and with each other (another gift from God). It will include a wide range of activities from Bible study, reading and praying to walking on the beach.
All these wonderful gifts from God will be given to the missionary couples through the charity and made possible with the help and support of you, our donors. “Yes!” Your donations are a gift from God! Please pray about becoming part of our ministry support team by making a one-time and/or recurring monthly donation to help us support these faithful stewards who have put their lives on the line to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the world.
Thank you so much and may God’s blessings overflow in your life!
Co-Founder & CEO
To learn more about the mission experience, please visit Andrea Sears’ website, The Missions Experience. Andrea, a missionary of nearly 10 years in Costa Rica, has produced a survey and done extensive research on returned missionaries, their on-field experiences, and missionary attrition.
2020 Monthly Giving Needs
Our 2020 Annual Missionary Care Goal includes offering 6 sabbatical retreats to 6 missionary couples. We are seeking a minimum of 39 givers to become monthly partners who make a commitment to give a combined total of $6,250 per month. This will meet our annual budget of $75,000 which covers ministry, fundraising, and general and administrative expenses.Message about COVID-19
Total: 39 Monthly Givers
2021 Ministry Care Goals
Our 2021 Annual Missionary Care goal is to serve 12 couples per year. Our lodging contracts are set up as monthly rentals during the off peak months of Jan – May and mid-September to late-October when rental rates are reduced. Our organizational goal is to serve three (3) missionary couples per month, four (4) times per year. Other times may be available.