Benefit Luncheon – Columbia, SC
It has been our heart’s desire since the founding of Selah International to be able to provide a haven for God’s servants in need… in need of comfort, in need of encouragement, in need of rest, or in need of counsel.
Please watch the video below and pray with us about this wonderful opportunity.
RSVP - Selah Benefit Luncheon, Sept. 23, 2022
Details for Selah Benefit Luncheon:
Business men and women along with their spouses are invited.
Friday, September 23, 2022
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Capital City Club
1201 Main Street, Columbia, SC
(Parking garage entrance is located on Lady St or Assembly St.
Entrance to club from parking garage is on floor 2. Take elevators to floor 25.)
Dress is business casual.
“Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12–13)
According to the latest Barna statistics, 42% of pastors have seriously considered quitting full-time ministry within the last year. This is up 13% from January 2021. Barna also says that the numbers are even higher for missionaries. It has been a sacred honor to come alongside dozens of God’s servants and their families and enter into their deepest areas of suffering. What joy it brings to be able to watch the specific application of the Word breathe life and healing! Then we are able to cheer them on as they rise up with renewed vision and energy to continue to preach the Word of God and make disciples for His glory.
For most of you reading this update, you are familiar with our ministry; you have prayed for God’s servants, you have invested in their care, and you know the heartbeat of Selah International. Our desire is to be a haven where ministry leaders around the world can receive hope, care, and renewal, just like the people they are shepherding. Since our founding in Dec. 2020, it has been our joy to minister to pastors and their staff, missionaries, Christian educators, and their families in over twenty-five states and eighteen foreign countries. Over the past eighteen months, Selah has provided over $31,000 in counseling scholarships for God’s servants. Our homebase is currently in Summerville, SC. When ministry leaders reach out for in-person care, we are presently dependent on outside partners to meet the need for lodging in a private setting here in the Charleston area. The number of counselees who have contacted Selah has grown significantly over the past year. As a result, we have not been able to meet the urgent needs of some families in a timely manner. It is very evident that we need a headquarters where we can bring multiple couples, families, and individuals to maximize our efforts and give hope to these servants of God through encouragement, debriefing, crisis counseling, as well as conferences and retreats. You might ask – Aren’t there other places out there where ministry leaders can go for personal counseling intensives by certified Biblical counselors? Yes, there are. However, the cost for counsel and lodging can range anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 per week for a couple and $10,000 per week for a missionary family needing help with re-entry and debriefing. This is not always financially feasible for those who are in the ministry. Selah International desires to provide counsel and lodging for a fraction of the current average cost.
When the Lord planted the seed for this ministry in our hearts a few years ago, we began to plan and strategize for what our future “Selah Home” would need. We are convinced that the location must be:
- PRIVATE – providing seclusion and confidentiality that’s needed for healing.
- MOVE IN READY – allowing the ministry to continue without having to interrupt the counseling ministry for months of remodeling.
- POSSIBILITY OF EXPANSION – room to build other small cabins to house more as we grow our team of biblical counselors that are passionate about keeping God’s servants strong and encouraged.
We believe that the Lord has led us to an ideal location just outside of Columbia, SC. The property consists of forty-eight acres and existing buildings that will facilitate our current needs. There are five private living areas which will allow for serving multiple missionaries and pastors and their families at the same time. This property will immediately provide one very important need that is often overlooked – a place for “debriefing” an entire missionary family who has lived and served cross-culturally for years. It will also open new doors of ministry by allowing us to host pastoral staff retreats, planning sessions, and workshops for ministry leaders for a time of spiritual renewal and rest. As Selah continues to grow, we envision this property being used as a base to further equip church leaders in the area of biblical counseling in their own ministries. We have negotiated a final price of $899,000 for this property. (This includes the acreage, the buildings, and much of the furnishings inside of the two homes.) Comparable properties in the area are significantly more expensive so we are grateful for this opportunity. We need your help! Our goal is to raise the full $899,000 plus closing costs by October 31st, 2022. Would you prayerfully consider helping us reach this goal? Please help us make a difference…for eternity!
If you know of a person whose heart resonates with our mission at Selah, please feel free to share your invitation and allow them also to scan the QR code and RSVP for the luncheon.
Note: Each business person may invite his/her spouse or another person to this event.
(2 attendees per RSVP)