So many people were coming and going that Jesus and his followers did not have time to eat. So he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."

(Mark 6:31)

Our purpose  

Caring for those who serve and serving those who care.

Helping Christian cross-cultural workers (missionaries) and national Christian leaders (evangelists, church planters, pastors) serving in the French-speaking world maintain and renew their health and their passion for ministry.


Our focus

Christian leaders serving specifically in French-speaking Europe and elsewhere within the French-speaking world.


Our history

A medieval hamlet purchased in ruins in 1968, renovated into an oasis of rest and care, and now owned by a non-profit organization called Pierres Vivantes ("Living Stones").


Our location

A quiet secluded place in the mountainous countryside of Upper Provence in the southern Alps of south-eastern France. The nearest town is Sisteron and the area has plenty of interesting things to see and do.


Our services

  • Rest
  • Debriefing
  • Personal retreat
  • Medical advice
  • Chiropractic care
  • Spiritual direction
  • Vocational discernment
  • Brief short-term counselling for ministry-related issues


Our setup

Guests stay in one of our six fully-equipped self-catering missionary guest homes ("gîtes"), usually for 1–3 weeks. They can contribute financially by leaving a donation.


How Christians can help

It is thanks to the help and support of Christian friends that this ministry can serve national leaders and cross-cultural workers in this way.


As a non-profit association, the ministry is entirely dependent upon the generosity of the Lord's people. Tax-deductible gifts can be made payable to the following agencies, with a note indicating 'For Association Pierres Vivantes in France':


MSC (Canada)
MSC (Canada)
Stewardship (UK)
Stewardship (UK)