Posted by: Susan Gaddis | October 6, 2009

Hospitality Homes

HammockHospitality  Homes International, located all around the world, provide a network of sabbatical homes for Christians who work as paid or volunteer staff in ministry. A nominal donation is all it takes to secure a place to get away and unwind.

The Hawaiian word, Makahiki, is used to describe your stay at one of these homes. In old Hawaii this word signified a special celebration which included rest and refreshing. A renewal service of Makahiki Ministry, Hospitality Homes has over 100 people who open their homes and guest houses for those who seek recuperation from the demands of ministry.

Donations range from $55.00 for one to three nights for a family and $95.00 for four to seven nights.

I reserve one of their homes on Lake Nacimiento for our women’s ministry team retreat each year. The requested donation of $300 for a retreat is higher than if I was reserving it for our family. For a five bedroom home for two to three nights it is a wonderful place to plan out the year before us, have fun, and bond as a team. YWAM Pismo Beach also uses the same house for their leadership retreats.

Some friends of ours vacationed for a week at the “Red House” in Salinas, California. Monterey Bay Aquarium and nearby Santa Cruz offered daily family adventures while the old farmhouse kitchen provided a place where they could cook their meals.

Registrations can be made from the Hospitality Homes website. There are a few hoops to jump through in reserving a home, but nothing that eats up much of your time or energy. I have found their hostess, Billie Hair, a helpful resource when questions arise.

Consider spending some of your next sabbatical or vacation time in a Hospitality Home and enjoy the rest it provides without breaking your budget.

“Come away with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).

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