In 1988, we packed our two children and what was left of our furniture and moved from our home and business in Virginia to Hixson, Tennessee. For the next three years we would share a home with 8 adolescent boys orphaned by crime, an assistant couple and our two children. If you are keeping up, that's 14 people. All ministry work presents challenges to your personal and family life. Space and time away become a critical and vital issue. With the small stipend we earned, time away needed to be very affordable or free. We took advantage of any offered time in church camps or vacation homes. Any place we could get away and rest. After leaving the children's home God gave us a burden to establish a respite program for Christian workers and pastors. Over the next couple of decades life happened and we continued to pray to see where God would lead us.
Founders of Serving Our Saints & owners of Canna Country Inn
In 2007 we began to look, pray and plan in earnest for some type of commercial venue that would also support a respite ministry. In 2007 we formed a 501(c)3 corporation called "Serving Our Saints, Inc." (SOS, Inc.). In 2008 God answered our prayers and allowed us to find and purchase Canna Country Inn. This was a God placement for sure, we were not smart enough to have picked such a perfect location. Far enough in the country to still hear the cattle bellow at feeding time, yet just one mile from Interstate 83. Just minutes from Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, Gettysburg, and York, Pennsylvania. Canna Country Inn is a beautiful 1850 restored barn, being used as a bed and breakfast. There was a tremendous amount of work to be done.
The first year we had to learn the business and get the Inn back in good shape after years of neglect. Part of the property included a small cottage for the inkeepers which allowed for full Inn rentals. The first year we have seen many happy family reunions, small weddings, and church retreats. Working SOS, Inc. only by word of mouth and God appointments we have served pastors, missionaries, and churches with their respite needs. We are looking forward to many great things with the launch of a web site and a renewed marketing effort for SOS, Inc. God has blessed us greatly and we hope to serve Him well through SOS, Inc. and Canna Country Inn.
Serving Our Saints, Inc. is a ministry dedicated to providing and encouraging Biblical Hospitality. The reasons behind the ministry include our personal experience as house parents at a children's home and the pressing need for full- time Christian workers to get away to be refreshed.
The burn out rate among Christian workers is alarming. Almost 1700 Missionaries and Christian workers drop out of Christian service each month, many for preventable reasons. Most often they just need some regular opportunities for rest, refreshment and renewal.
Seventy percent of pastors claim they struggle with depression, much of which can be dealt with by times of rest.
All Christian workers feel the need for a time of additional rest in a safe place.
Hospitality can be a powerful witness to the lost. SOS, Inc., through Canna Country Inn has been called to hospitality. SOS, Inc., is committed to serving Christian workers, missionaries and their families, in a way that encourages and refreshes them. SOS, Inc., and Canna Country Inn is endeavoring to provide lodging at a substantial discount to Missionaries, Pastors and Christian workers. Giving times of rest to these frontline workers is our way of carrying "a cup of cold water in Jesus's name."
Any full-time Christian worker or Missionary and their families are welcome to request a discounted rate. Some dedicated lay people such as music directors, Christian outreach volunteers and others in need of refreshment may also request the discounted rates. All full-time workers will receive 25% to 75% discount off our posted rates on our website, some restrictions do apply. If you need rest but do not have the resources to pay, please call as we have some scholarships available.
Pastors and full time ministry staff in need of rest or a retreat - any other small groups. Pastors and their wives and families for a get-away.
Lay leaders and elders that need respite.
Missionaries on furlough.
Christian organizations and their employees.
Book the whole Inn when...
You or your organization are planning the next get away or retreat.
With 7 beautiful private rooms and baths, using the entire Inn we can accommodate up to 26 overnight guests. There is a large meeting room, and tables and chairs for up to 45 people for day sessions or additional outside guests.
Check out the Canna Country Inn website to see the 2 large fully stocked kitchens, 4 fireplaces, 2 huge living rooms, a game room with billiards, pinball and other activities to enjoy. SOS, Inc. invites you to come rest, pray, play, enjoy and refresh.
We are located in beautiful South Central Pennsylvania, just minutes from Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Hershey, Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland, and York.
In essential beliefs --- we have unity.
"There is one Body and one Spirit... There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all."
In non-essential beliefs --- we have liberty.
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else's servant?
To his own master he stands or falls... So then each of us will give an account of himself to God...
So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God."
In all our beliefs --- we show charity.
"If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains ---
but have no love, I amount to nothing at all."
[Cornithians 12:2 Phillips]
SOS through Canna Country Inn has been called to hospitality.
SOS is committed to serving Christian workers, missionaries and their families, in a way that encourages and refreshes them.
SOS and Canna Country Inn is endeavoring to provide lodging at a substantial discount,or even free, to Missionaries, Pastors and Christian workers.
Giving times of rest to these front line workers is our way of carrying "A cup of cold water in Jesus's name."
SOS is a ministry dedicated to providing and encouraging Biblical Hospitality.
The reasons behind the ministry includes our personal experience as house parents at a childrens home and the pressing need for full time Christian workers to get away to be refreshed.