Have you had the chance to travel to Seattle, Washington? Seattle is known for many things, probably the most iconic being the Space Needle – a structure built for the 1962 World’s Fair “The Age of Space”. But if you are wandering around Seattle looking for a good bowl of clam chowder you may have gone into an Ivar’s restaurant.
The restaurant began as a stand selling fish and chips in 1938. Today, Ivar’s is regarded as an icon of Seattle. Realizing that not everyone can travel to Seattle to have their famous clam chowder, Ivar’s is now making it possible through a distribution deal with Costco, to have their famous chowder in your own home.
But why all of this Seattle history in a Sanctuary Inn newsletter? I am glad you asked. We are grateful for all of the guests that have been able to be at Sanctuary Inn – to spend time with God in beautiful surroundings and to sit with Kara Githens (our Care Coordinator) and process their experiences and talk about their future. But we know that as much as someone might want to come to Sanctuary Inn and spend time here, they may never be able to. A couple of years ago our board chairman challenged us with the idea of expanding the ministry and influence of Sanctuary Inn. And out of that challenge our podcast, The Innkeepers, was born.
In the world of missionary care, there are very few podcasts available. More are starting to show up, but The Innkeepers is still unique in the topics we are covering and the guests that we have interviewed. Kara and I (Steve Price) record the interviews and then they are edited and Kara along with her husband Micah Githens do the nitty gritty work of getting them “published” to the internet.
The goal for our episodes is to talk with someone who can address an issue or concern of missionaries on the field or a topic that those who care for missionaries may want to learn about. Many of our conversations have centered around issues that Kara would cover with a guest were they able to be here at Sanctuary Inn and speak with her face to face.
Thus far we have discussed topics ranging from trauma, burnout and self-care, finances and retirement, Millennials in missions, and so much more! We have been blessed with some amazing guests which has meant wonderful interviews with profound insights, wisdom and helpful and practical tools for missionaries and those who care for them
We invite you to take a minute and investigate The Innkeepers podcast. You can start by going to the Sanctuary Inn website or you can search for The Innkeepers in other apps where you may already be listening to some of your favorite podcasts.
Listen and share the word! Let your missionary friends know about the podcast, let your mission team or other friends at church know about the podcast – we believe that you will be blessed and encouraged by the time you spend with The Innkeepers!
Steve Price and the Sanctuary Inn Team
(Sanctuary Inn Director)