To see people healed and whole in Jesus.
This mission of Restoration Nation Retreat is to refresh, nourish and restore those in need of healing through Christ-centered retreats, counseling, and other services.
The vision for Restoration Nation Retreat was born out of a time of worship and prayer where the Lord gave our founder a visual picture of a retreat center (see rendering at the bottom of this page). RNR will host many different types of retreats including retreats for missionaries, pastors, ministry leaders, foster & adoptive families, those who need physical healing, those who've experienced loss and trauma, and more. All retreats will be Christ-centered and will include worship, prayer, counseling, rest and restoration.
RNR will put together retreat teams of volunteers to help execute each retreat. We are looking for volunteers in the areas of counseling, worship, massage, teaching, pastoral encouragement and more. Please fill out THIS FORM if you're interested in volunteering at an upcoming retreat.
We are also looking for financial partners. Our heart is to be able to offer these retreats for as little cost as possible for those who attend. If you would like to partner with us financially, please visit our DONATE page.
The purpose of each retreat will be to pour out the extravagant love of the Father on those who attend.
Autumn Kerr is a Jesus follower and an adoptive mom who resides with her son in Sarasota, Florida. Her professional career first started in advertising agencies in Detroit, Michigan and Nashville, Tennessee where she served as an Art Director and Copywriter for 11 years. In 2009, Autumn transitioned into the nonprofit world when she joined the staff of Go Be Love International (then called Visiting Orphans). After traveling on her very first mission trip in 2007 with Compassion International, Autumn was on fire for missions and joining the staff of Go Be Love was truly a dream come true. Autumn served in a number of roles at Go Be Love including Missions Assistant, Mission Trip Coordinator, Executive Manager, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. During her 10 years with the organization, she had the joy and privilege to get to lead mission teams on 18 trips to 9 countries. It was during her time coordinating overseas missionary care retreats that Autumn became passionate about encouraging others through retreats.
After Go Be Love closed in March of 2020 due to COVID-19, Autumn began praying about what the Lord would have next for her. It was during this time that the vision for Restoration Nation Retreat was born. Autumn is passionate about seeing people healed and whole in Jesus. It is her heart that Restoration Nation Retreat would be a safe place for attendees to experience restoration without being cost prohibitive. She cannot wait to pour out the extravagant love of the Father onto missionaries, ministry leaders, pastors, adoptive and foster families, as well as those who have experienced grief, loss and trauma.
It's a big dream that will take a lot of prayer and many partners but Autumn is stepping out in faith knowing that with God ALL things are possible! Scroll way down to see the timeline for all of this - the Lord is truly at work. It's amazing how much has transpired in such a short time.
Casi Young has spent almost 20 years in the nonprofit sector. First with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and then 9 years with Go Be Love International. It is through her work with Go Be Love that her heart for missionaries truly developed. The philosophy of the organization was to send teams not to do the work that they thought needed to be done but to partner with those missionaries and ministries that were on the ground already doing the work. It was an honor to Casi to be able to partner with missionaries through sending mission teams as well as get to travel on 18 mission trips to 8 countries to work alongside them. She is excited for this new chapter as a board member of Restoration Nation Retreat. She believes that when missionaries and ministry leaders and others that pour out to many have the opportunity to be poured into that they will be able to better continue the work that God has called them to do.
Casi lives in Hendersonville, TN with her husband, Chad, and 2 young kids, Emma and Mattox. They attend Cross Point church. They love to cheer on the Tennessee Vols! Casi loves adventure- big or small, traveling, being outdoors, reading, listening to music and being in authentic community.
Karen Anderson began working with Autumn more than 4 years ago through Visiting Orphans/Go Be Love International while preparing for her first trip to Uganda. Through the years, Karen has served alongside missionaries, volunteers and ministry leaders in Texas, Florida, Jamaica, Uganda and Ethiopia. She has witnessed the need for rest and restoration for those serving others day in and day out. So often these leaders give all they have so that others may thrive and survive, leaving little to no time for themselves or their families. The idea of a place for individuals and families to come and rest at little to no cost to them is very exciting. Karen is looking forward to this opportunity to help launch Restoration Nation Retreat as a board member and friend. She is confident that churches, community groups, and individuals will join in to give to those who give so much and giving them the strength and encouragement to continue to do the work they have been given to do.
Karen Anderson lives in Pflugerville, a suburb of Austin, Texas. She has been a public educator for the past 27 years and is currently a reading interventionist in Pflugerville ISD. Her husband, Heath, is a church planter preparing to launch CrossWalk Church in Spring 2021. Together, they have 3 amazing daughters and 2 sweet cats that keep the empty nest busy and full. Heath and Karen love to try new restaurants and go new places. Those who know them well will tell you they are always going somewhere!
Jill Muller has a heart that seeks out the lost and the lonely, the friendless and the fatherless. Her spirit has pioneered her passion to help the needy and those searching for hope. She has assisted in building churches by mixing and pouring concrete by hand in the hurricane-ravaged villages of Honduras. She has worked with nonprofits that sponsor children from the most impoverished areas of the world. She has volunteered time in providing disaster relief by re-building local communities. She has provided refuge to international missionaries from Germany, Spain and Honduras in her home. She has hosted children from the low-income boroughs of NYC. The work of restoration has become a theme in her life. Jill understands that serving others is a commitment of time and of love, and that those who devote themselves to God’s work need replenishing and support for their mind, body and soul. While attending Church of Hope Sarasota, Autumn and Jill met and forged a friendship. Autumn’s unrelenting and selfless motivation is to follow God’s plan for Restoration Nation Retreat. And Jill shares in this vision - to help bring healing to the brokenhearted, a respite for the burdened and rest for the weary.
Jill lives on Siesta Key in Sarasota, FL. After receiving her BFA from Syracuse University, she worked extensively in the design field in NYC and CT. Jill has one dearly beloved daughter, Michelle, who resides in Savannah, GA, and one Mini Schnauzer, Maggie, who merrily accompanies her on great adventures.
This drawing/rendering was created by Autumn Kerr. During a time of worship, God gave Autumn a visual picture of what the retreat center would look like. This drawing is her attempt to bring that to life visually. It's an early stage drawing and not meant to be a blueprint or official final rendering by any means.
About the vision:
In this vision, the main meeting space is a barn with a large conference center/reception room inside. This large room could be configured a number of different ways as needed. It would be the space guests come to for meals, group sessions, worship times, and more.
The row of small 2-story farmhouse style homes would be the guest housing.
About the retreats:
Restoration Nation Retreat will be a place that many different groups of people could come for healing and restoration. Some of these groups will include missionaries, ministry leaders, foster and adoptive families, those who are grieving, those who need physical healing, and more. Retreats will be designed with each group of participants in mind. It is our heart to make these retreats as affordable as possible so that cost doesn't hinder anyone from coming. Until the facility is completed, RNR will host smaller scale retreats at Spacious Place ranch in Okeechobee, FL.
Beyond the initial vision: We look forward to seeing the Lord expand and grow all of this beyond the initial vision. We are excited to see what the Lord will do with all of it and who He will bring to the team. If you're interested in being part of our team of ambassadors who share and spread the word about RNR, serving on our board of directors, volunteering at a retreat, joining our prayer team, or have ideas or info you'd like to share, please send us an email through the chat feature below.
MOST CHRISTIANS HAVE EXPERIENCED SOME FORM OF BURNOUT IN THEIR ADULT LIFE. RNR SEEKS TO COMBAT THIS THROUGH CHRIST-CENTERED RETREATS DESIGNED TO REFRESH, NOURISH AND RESTORE.
During worship and prayer, Autumn got a visual picture of a large grey barn that would be a meeting space and a row of small 2-story farmhouses that would be used for guest quarters. The Lord showed her that this vision was a Christian retreat center. Autumn later did a rendering of what this vision looked like.
After a month of prayer and brainstorming many ideas for names, Autumn got the name for the ministry: Restoration Nation Retreat. Bought the domains (.com and .org) and checked the USPTO and Florida registries to make sure it wasn't taken. PTL - it wasn't. Love that the initials are RNR!!!
After two job interviews with other ministries this week and feeling conflicted about it all, Autumn prayed and heard the Lord say "Don't abandon your promise land for someone else's". This was the day that stepping out in faith and making this her full-time focus truly began! Following Jesus. No turning back!!!
Autumn created a GoFundMe page to raise $1500 to start the 501c3. Within 3 days, it was fully funded!!
Started the process and paid in full for the 501(c)3 process with Charity Net by Bryte Bridge.
All RNR paperwork has been filed, we have an EIN #, articles of incorporation and a bank account.
First official meeting with the Board of Directors of Restoration Nation Retreat. Planning has begun for a January 2021 retreat for missionary ladies.
Giving Fire has approved our application to use them for our online donation portal. We're officially up and running and able to accept donations!
Signup link for our very first retreat went live! All the details can be found on our RETREATS page. This retreat will host 10 missionaries and 6 volunteers.