The Missionary Care Ministry was founded in 1999 with the vision of providing a place where “God’s servants can be refreshed and renewed in spirit.” Since it began, this ministry has served over 4000 missionaries serving in more than 100 countries, blessing them with a place to rest and be refreshed, so that they can continue spreading the gospel throughout the world.
There are four options for guests: the main house upstairs, main house downstairs, upstairs cottage, and downstairs cottage. All of them, except the main house upstairs, include a laundry area and a kitchen with a fridge, stove, dishes, etc. All the bathrooms have a tub/shower combo.
*The main house upstairs has three bedrooms (two queen beds and a king bed), and one bathroom. If you stay here, you will have access to the laundry area and the full kitchen on the main floor, which is shared with the guesthouse staff.
*The main house downstairs has two bedrooms (two bunk beds in one, and a king bed in the other), plus a bed in the room by the stairs. It has a living/dining area, a kitchen, and two bathrooms.
*The downstairs cottage is a small apartment with a bedroom (queen bed), bathroom, and small living/kitchen area.
*The upstairs cottage has one bedroom, one and a half bath, kitchen and living/dining area.
(More details are included on their website.)
This ministry loves to serve missionaries, so there is no fee for staying here. There is a refundable deposit required when making a reservation. Once you arrive, your deposit will be refunded to you. And donations are always appreciated, so the ministry can continue to serve others.
The guesthouse is located on a beautiful wooded lot in a rural area, not far from Athens, GA. There is plenty of shopping in Athens for whatever you may need.
There is wifi available and good cell service here.
Health Considerations –
Stairs: The downstairs cottage is at the bottom of a small hill, but you can park near the entrance, so there are no stairs. The other spaces all have some amount of stairs (a few porch stairs for the upstairs cottage, a regular set of stairs for the main house upstairs, and outside deck stairs to reach the main house downstairs).
Allergies: There are a lot of trees and plants on the property and several farms nearby. If you have pollen allergies or sensitivities to pesticide/herbicide, just be aware that these may be fairly strong at certain times of year. Also, the main house downstairs tends to have a musty smell, so if you have any mold sensitivity, you’d be better off upstairs in the main house or in the cottage (which is a newer building).
Food: When you arrive, there will be a welcome basket with cereal, cookies, milk, orange juice and coffee for your first breakfast, and a pizza in the freezer for lunch or dinner. If you have specific dietary needs and can’t use these items, you can let them know ahead of time, so they can save them for other guests. Besides this, you will need to bring your own food for your stay or you can buy groceries in town.
Cleaning: When you leave, you are asked to clean the bathroom and kitchen, vacuum, and put all the used linens and towels in the laundry area. There is a checklist provided specific to each of the guest spaces. Be sure to plan enough time on the day of your departure to complete the cleaning.
Short and long-term stays: This guesthouse does allow for both short and long-term stays, whether a few days or a few weeks – depending on availability.
Snows Mill Guesthouse is a special place where missionaries are served with love and grace. I’m very thankful for this ministry and what a blessing it was to me when I stayed there.