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Men's Ex-Offender Housing & Church Retreats

Fort Good Shepherd Ranch makes a difference through men's ex-offender housing and church retreats on the ranch. In the fall of 1999, Mission Gate Ministry of St. Louis, Missouri, purchased 125 acres of beautiful rolling hills in Cuba, Missouri, for the purpose of developing an educational complex named 'Mission Village.' We want to provide ex-offenders with regeneration, rehabilitation, and reintegration, with the ultimate goal is for them to be productive members of their church and community for the glory and honor of our Lord. This location also serves as a church retreat for parishes in the region. We are located four miles south of Highway 44 on Highway 19. Find out more about the amenities available at the ranch.


Men's Gathering

Brief History

In the 1800's the property was an Indian Reservation and was a popular place for community living, hunting and fishing. One day, two hunters purchased 1,000 acres of the land for their private hunting pursuits and named it Idlewild Lodge. Soon their wives joined them and they had to include indoor plumbing to suit their needs. In the mid-1900's, the property changed hands to a group who named it Broken Arrow Resort, successfully marketing it as one of the finest resorts on the Meramec River. The Lodge burned down and this group sold out to Ed Powers, a St. Louis businessman. He and his wife developed the land to provide themselves an estate to live at and accommodate their many guests. Ed died and his wife sold the remaining 125 acres of property to Mission Gate in the September of 1999. Since that time we have been in the continuing process of developing the land and improving the buildings and since that time we have increased the residency from 10 men to 60 with additional bunkhouses and cabins.


Ideal for Retreats

This wonderful location is not only a home where prisoners can reintegrate into society but a church retreat, as well. We exist to bless participating churches at no charge with:

  • Youth Group Weekend Retreats & Work Projects
  • Church Special Services & Baptisms
  • Ministerial Alliance Meetings for Member Churches
  • Chamber Of Commerce Meetings for Cuba & Steelville
  • Weekend Visits By the Residents Families
  • Short Retreats for Weary Pastors & Visiting Missionaries
  • Quarterly Open-House Cookouts With Fun, Food, & Fellowship
  • Praise Concerts By Various Praise Teams Locally or In Transit
  • Adult Bible Study Retreats & Special Events.
  • Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals or Anniversary Get-Togethers
  • Recovery Support & Access Sites Welcome To All

Support Our Mission

We prayerfully request that you hold this local ministry up in prayer and if so led will include us in your mission giving on a regular basis, one time offering or end of year tax deductible contribution. We can only do what your generous donation will provide and we trust in you to support this work for the Lord as we continue to be a blessing to the local community and all the participating churches.