This week I had the privilege of visiting Haven of Rest Family Ministries near Inez, KY. Rocking in an orange rocking chair on the porch of Mullins Lodge, high atop the mountain, with a light rain falling and gray skies overhead was such a restful, peaceful experience. In the stillness and quietness I felt so close to God.
I was there to meet with Missionaries and Directors Harold & Joyce Scroggs and other missionaries and volunteers who were considering serving at Haven of Rest. Work there is never ending as there is laundry to wash, rooms to clean, grass to cut, decks to stain, and the list could go on and on.
Haven of Rest Family Ministries, a non-profit, interdenominational Christian ministry, founded by now retired missionary Eileen Mullins, opened the first weekend of October 2004 as a hospitality house for families who come on weekends to visit their imprisoned loved ones at the Big Sandy Federal Correctional Institute, located just a few miles away.
The facility has 2 dorms, with individual rooms and a bath, where the families stay while there. Mullins Lodge has a large kitchen where the families can prepare their own meals, and a recreation area where they can relax, read, watch television, or play games. A Chapel is also located in the Lodge.
Haven of Rest hosts many families each week from all across the United States. Families are ministered to while there and the Love of Christ shared with them.
Haven of Rest also hosts mission teams that serve at Haven of Rest, as well as outreach into the community through VBS, Backyard Bible Clubs, nursing home ministry, and working it the Heavenly Treasures thrift store.
This is just one of many opportunities to serve in Kentucky. If you have an interest in learning more about this ministry or volunteering to serve a few days you can contact Harold & Joyce Scroggs at 606-298-0520 or [email protected]
Please pray for Harold and Joyce and the ministry as they share the Love of Christ with the inmates’ families and in the community.