In 2010, we moved Lighthouse Trails offices from Oregon to northwest Montana with the hope of starting a small retreat center (a place from which we could run Lighthouse Trails and also a quiet peaceful place for our authors and LT friends). In 2012, after selling our small home in Oregon, we purchased 10 acres of raw forested land.
In September of 2014, we broke ground and began building The Shepherd’s Place on the 10 acres. Within six months, we raised two buildings: a lodge for our retreat guests and a building for the operation of Lighthouse Trails.
As you can see in the photos on the home page, this is a beautiful setting, and we believe the Lord has brought us to this place for purposes only He truly knows. We have committed this endeavor to Him and have asked Him to be glorified here.
Since we began Lighthouse Trails in 2002, we have come to learn that many of our readers are standing on the front lines in contending for the faith—sharing the Gospel and vital information with pastors, elders, church members, co-workers, family, and friends. We also have learned from the many stories told us that these contenders have often been ridiculed, ostracized, belittled, and ignored for taking the stand they do. And we know that many of them are growing weary. We have always felt that the role of Lighthouse Trails has been to serve the body of Christ, something like how Aaron and Hur held up the hands of Moses when he grew weary (Exodus 17:12). We see The Shepherd’s Place as an extension of the service that Lighthouse Trails has sought to provide, only in a little different and more personal capacity.
Please pray for us that God will give us the strength, wisdom, guidance, resources and help to complete this project. We have stepped out in faith in this endeavor investing all that we have while trusting the Lord to lead us. We have peace that we are where He wants us to be both with the Lighthouse Trails ministry and the retreat center, even though we are not exactly sure about every detail as to why He has called us to build The Shepherd’s Place.
While we have our plans, we know that the Lord directs our steps, and time will tell what He has in store. “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps (Proverbs 16:9).
We desire to be vessels, through which He can work. We also have clung to the verse that says, “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it (Psalm 127:1). We know that unless the Lord is behind this project, it would be useless for us to do this. We only desire His will and want to relinquish anything of which He is not part in our lives and in our ministry.
David and Deborah Dombrowski
P.O. Box 908
Eureka, MT 59917