What is Missionary Acres?
Nestled in the lush, forested foothills of the Ozark Mountains is a beautiful, friendly, caring retirement community we call “Missionary Acres.” Located in Wayne County, Missouri, Missionary Acres is a place where those who have faithfully served the Lord Jesus Christ can enjoy their retirement years and continue to serve their Savior. Missionary Acres is a place of beauty and independent living, coupled with the fellowship of a family.
The concept for such a place was born in the heart of a caring Pastor named Charles Emerson. Brother Emerson and his family purchased 63 acres of property, built a chapel, and established a ministry among the local residents. Due to advancing age and health problems, Pastor Emerson graciously donated the property to Baptist Mid-Missions in 1962. Baptist Mid-Missions shared Brother Emerson's idea to establish a retirement community for independent Baptist missionaries. The idea was to develop a place where inexpensive housing could be provided for missionary retirees. The ministry still carries the name that Brother Emerson gave it so long ago.
Missionary Acres is dependent upon volunteers! Individuals, families, and work teams are needed for day-to-day ministry needs as well as for major projects. Furnished guest accommodations and RV pads with hookups are available to volunteers. Volunteers are currently needed for the following projects:
- Sidewalk Project - Replacement of a 1/2 mile loop of sidewalk. 2/3 of this project is left to be done, and will only be completed with the assistance of volunteers.
- Wood Shop - The materials for a brand new woodworking shop were donated to the Acres. The shop has been built. Help is needed to finish the interior electrical, plumbing, and walls.
- Hemsworth House - Our house is in need of workers to help with interior remodeling. Electrical, plumbing, carpentry, kitchen cabinets, and finish workers are needed.
There is an immediate need for more full-time staff, in addition to us. Because no salaries are paid, full-time staff members raise their own monthly financial support. This need for more staff may either be met by current BMM missionaries transferring to this ministry, or by someone joining the BMM missionary family and raising their financial support before serving on-site at Missionary Acres. Please pray that those God is calling to this ministry will follow His call.
Contact Ken Moon, Missionary Acres administrator, to discuss and schedule a visit. He can be reached by calling (573) 224-3710 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.