How We Came About....

The Haven of Rest Family Ministry was born out of tragedy and need. In January of 1996, Mrs. Eileen Mullins, the wife of Southern Baptist Pastor Rev. Carl Mullins for over thirty years, had the pain of watching her 32-year-old son begin serving a twenty year prison sentence for first degree manslaughter. As Carl and Eileen Mullins visited their son in prison, she saw the desperate need for a ministry to hurting family members who come to visit their imprisoned loved ones. 

 

Eileen prayed that something good would come from the tragedy. Repeatedly she rested in the promise of Romans 8:28 - "For All things work together for good to them that love Christ, and are called according to His purpose". When word came that a maximum security prison would be built in her area, she realized her prayers had been answered. Soon she was given the opportunity to coordinate building a facility that would provide free lodging for those families visiting the inmates. Since that time many prayers have been answered... 

The Mission Evolves...

Approximately 3 acres of land was donated by local land owner Jim Booth. Several volunteers throughout the community and state provided free legal services, property development, and architectural design. In July 2002 the first building was erected as volunteers from the Buck Grove Baptist Church from Ekron, Kentucky, put a six unit dorm building under roof.

In September 2002, the Baptist Builders of the Northern Kentucky Baptist Association were able to put the 3,400 square foot lodge, designed by Linda Booth, under roof.  In September, 2004 the buildings were completed thanks to the many volunteers who gave their time, effort, and financial support to see this ministry become a reality. On the first weekend of October, 2004 the ministry housed its first families.  

The Haven of Rest  Family Ministries celebrated their 15 year anniversary in October 2019. It was a wonderful celebration, as  many improvements and renovations had been accomplished through the efforts of volunteers, and under the guidance of Linda Booth. Our 6-room guest house was renovated inside and out, with a new roof and siding on the outside. New flooring  was installed, rooms painted and bathrooms upgraded. Some new furniture was purchased and some pieces were refurbished to be as good as new! The guest house was named Joy Cottage, in honor of Joyce Scroggs-Brasfield, for her many years of dedication to the Haven. The 2-story mission building was arranged to have three Grace Rooms. These beautifully decorated rooms are provided free of charge to missionaries on furlough, for visiting ministers to the area, and for any of God's servants who need a place of rest, relaxation and refreshment. A lounge area was added, as well as a library for our guests' enjoyment.  There is playground equipment for our younger guests. At the present time, a gazebo is being completed, and a fire pit/gathering area is in the works. In process now is a new roof for the beautiful Mullins Lodge.

  

God Provides...

Funding for this vibrant and vital ministry comes mainly from individual donations. There are churches and groups that are faithful to give. Missionary groups come and help with maintenance and upkeep. Another source of funding comes from a second-hand variety store, Heavenly Treasures. Proceeds from the donated items go to support the Haven of Rest ministry.

Each week volunteers are needed to help with cleaning and laundry at Haven of Rest following the weekend family visits. Volunteers are also needed to help provide various care ministries for the visiting families and to volunteer in the Heavenly Treasures store.