Shelter Pines


Shelter Pines offers to families, who are serving in full-time, cross-cultural ministry, a safe and peaceful place to rest and have fun, an opportunity to experience refreshment through all five senses and enjoyment of Creation, as well as, reflect through intentional conversations or quiet pondering.


Rest & Renew

The stresses of  cross-cultural life and a ministry lifestyle can be heavy and paralyzing. One of the greatest gifts we can give a ministry family is a safe, private, and peaceful place to rest. Shelter Pines is a Christian, non-profit and donor-dependent ministry. Please GIVE the GIFT of REST by making a donation.

Donations can be given through PayPal. Please note that Shelter Pines pays PayPal a percentage for credit card donations.

Donations can be given through Venmo without fees. 

Venmo Name: @Shelter-Pines

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All gifts made out to Shelter Pines, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, are tax-deductible.  

{Our annual 990 reports and budget are available upon request.}




The guest house is a 2100 square foot fully-furnished home. The house is designed to provide a peaceful place to rest and have fun. There is a master suite with a king-sized bed in addition to an ensuite 3/4 bath. There are three other bedrooms and a second full bath with a tub. The open kitchen, dining, and living room with a wood-burning fireplace allow for conversations and family dinners. Equipped with Wifi and Cable TV, games, puzzles, and books there are many activities to enjoy as a family. It should be noted that there is no air conditioning. We do have ceiling and floor fans. Additionally, if you have extended family coming with you or are planning a get-together with your adult children and families, we do have a separate apartment available with two bedrooms and a basic kitchenette and 3/4 bath. {Please note that we do not allow pets inside the house unless they are ADA Certified Service Animals.}

The Grounds & Beyond

Shelter Pines sits on 20 acres of land in Black Forest, Colorado at an elevation of 7400 feet above sea level. From the shade of Ponderosa pine trees to the open fields with trails there is plenty of space to enjoy Creation. There is a ground-level trampoline, swing set, and playhouse for the kids. There is a large patio off the house with a fire-pit for fireside chats and star-gazing. Shelter Pines also has a large barn with ping-pong, foosball, bicycles, and lawn games available for guest-use. 


There are many family-friendly sight seeing options in the Colorado Springs and Denver areas. From museums and zoos to hiking and biking, there is an abundance of opportunities for fun and adventure. Follow this LINK to a list of Local Sights to See.

Intentional Conversations

Renewal often comes through intentional conversations. At Shelter Pines, guests are offered the opportunity to meet with trained staff members for debriefing* and/or life coaching**.


Debriefing is the method by which one can share his/her story.  Debriefing allows space for sorting out and making sense of the journey one has traveled--including experiences, events and emotions. Cross-cultural workers gain perspective, healing, and freedom as they process and share in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. We offer both informal (1 -2 hour sessions) personal debriefing or a more comprehensive 2 day debriefing program, as well as family debriefing.


Coaching is the method by which one can get ‘unstuck’ and/or develop healthy strategy for the journey ahead. Coaching is rooted in the belief that the client is resourceful, creative, and capable of working out the plans God has for him/her. Christian Life Coaching acknowledges the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and the fact that God is the giver of wisdom. Coaching is a great tool for those in transition or considering a change.

Coaching is also a great tool for helping to clarify and manage the present.



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Enjoying Nature
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What are the Costs?

What's Included?

The suggested donation** is:

$70 per night for 3 nights

$60 per night for 4-5 nights

$50 per night for 6+ nights 

  • We have a three night minimum and a maximum stay of 2 weeks.

  • Our most popular months are between May and July. The summer months tend to fill up about 6-9 months in advance. 

  • We only host one family/unit at a time.

**It costs Shelter Pines $200 per night to host a guest unit. Much of the cost is covered by generous partners of Shelter Pines.

Shelter Pines provides:

  • linens

  • fully-furnished four bedroom house & kitchen

  • outdoor propane grill

  • laundry facilities

  • space to rest & play

  • a bag of groceries

  • coffee, tea & basic condiments

  • Baby Gear (pack-n-play and sheet, booster seat, step stool, highchair, potty-seat, activity center seat combo for infants)

Guests are responsible for:

  • transportation

  • meals 

PLEASE NOTE: there is no air conditioning in the house. While Colorado summers are typically mild, there can be some very warm days.

What About Debriefing and Coaching?

Due to the nature of debriefing, we highly recommend at least a 9-day stay if you are considering adding Debriefing Sessions to your stay at Shelter Pines. 

Please click on the DEBRIEFING tab in the Menu Bar to read more about what Debriefing looks like at Shelter Pines.

Contact us directly at regarding the cost and availability of debriefing and/or coaching. 



Jeff  & Bethany Bracht,
Stewards of Shelter Pines


Jeff and Bethany Bracht have been married since 1997 and have been soul-mate sojourners ever since! Along with their three children, they moved to Nicaragua in 2010 with plans to be there ‘forever.’ Following a dim and difficult year for Bethany, in 2015–after intentional rest, debriefing and re-evaluation–they decided to relocate in January 2016 to Colorado Springs with hopes of pursuing their passion for ‘providing rest, debriefing and coaching’ to cross-cultural workers who are serving around the world. In January 2017, Jeff and Bethany came on staff at Shelter Pines. The Bracht family stayed at Shelter Pines as guests back in 2015 and are excited for the plans God has for this needed ministry. They have a passion to walk alongside cross-cultural servants to help them live their lives abundantly and intimately with their Creator.

The History of Shelter Pines

After burning out while serving cross-culturally, a friend generously loaned Tim and Lynn a mountain condo in Colorado for a month. That space renewed and refreshed both Tim and Lynn, as they spent time with God and each other, in a setting of quiet beauty, with minimal distractions or responsibilities. While they did return to the field for several more years, the Lord impressed upon them a heart's a desire to help other families who find themselves in similar situations. Thus, they founded Shelter Pines in 2000 as a place, an experience, and an invitation to rest and be renewed.

Shelter Pines, circa 2017


Spacious places are often where God directs us to slow down and listen. I can't think of something more vital for cross-cultural workers than to slow down and hear the sweet voice of Jesus. Shelter Pines is the kind of environment for that to happen.