Welcome to Harbor of Refuge International

The idea of taking a break or pulling aside for reflection and soul development is not an easy one for many of us to embrace. After all, who can afford to take the time for that? However, the reality is that those who heed the Biblical admonition to “above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23) are actually in a healthier place emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually to continue in service to the Lord and others. In the long run, they are better suited to flourish rather than flounder. That's why Harbor of Refuge International exists.

What We Offer

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What People Are Saying

  • How much is this going to cost?

    This service is offered free of charge for people involved in full-time ministry. We have been involved in missions/ministry for over 33 years and realize that it is not always easy for folks in ministry to afford to pay for such services. Of course, it does take money to operate as we do, so donations to H.R.I. are appreciated, but
    not expected.

  • How long can someone stay at your location?

    We limit the stay to one week. This is to allow more people to have the opportunity. If for some reason there is no availability on the dates you wish to be here, let us know the situation, because we may have an alternate location nearby. However, this too will be subject to availability.

  • What is there to do near the location?

    Access to a nice nature trail system for hiking and biking along our river, or even through some urban settings, is very close, as well as a State Park. In addition there are several museums, water parks, an arboretum and other venues in the area. We are also within a 15 min. drive to a quaint downtown area of Cedar Falls with unique restaurants and shops. A school playground, complete with basketball hoops, is only 4 blocks away. There are also other parks, restaurants and shopping nearby.

  • If we ask for debriefing or consultation, will we be in sessions all day?

    Our desire is to offer consultation and prayer for however the Lord leads your time with us. It may be for a significant part of your stay or a small portion of the time.  Working on issues can be so freeing, but it can be tiring as well.  That is why we believe that having personal time with the Lord, as well as time for rest and recreation, is equally important.

  • What will we do about meals when we are there?

    The apartment is supplied with a microwave, toaster oven and refrigerator. In addition to this, there are dishes, coffeepot, dining area, etc… for you to use.

  • Can I bring my pet?

    Sorry, we will not be able to accommodate pets on our premises in order to protect others from animal related allergies.

Why Harbor of Refuge?

  • To debrief after or during an event
  • To have a place to unplug and refocus
  • To renew your passion for ministry
  • To seek advice and coaching
  • To be encouraged, refreshed and heard
  • To receive ministry skills to go further

Contact Us

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us by filling out our Online Contact Form by clicking here.


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"The world says perform, Jesus says rest." —Tim Keller