“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

When Rick and Jerri Pryor first met in 2000, little did either know they would be taken away from their families and homes to do the Lord’s work. Rick left his Canadian roots, traveling 1,100 miles to start a new journey with the love of his life in Kansas. They spent the next 10 years raising Jerri’s three children and caring for her ailing parents. Still, they always found time to grow together in their love for gardening, and enjoyed sharing God’s beautiful creations with friends and family.

In 2010, the Lord called the couple back to Canada to start a new adventure. Rick returned to agriculture work with his brother, this time as a crop consultant. Jerri, new to the country, welcomed the opportunity. She worked alongside Rick, tutored students and worked as Office Manager at Heartland Family Wellness Centre. While she enjoyed building those relationships, she still felt she was not serving according to her purpose. God gave Jerri a vision that she should start a bed and breakfast, not only to provide a ministry to others, but to be able to receive the blessings from those that God would place in their lives. It was an answered prayer for Jerri – a natural hostess. She and Rick remained faithful, waiting for God’s perfect timing to open the door.

Then, on June 29, 2015, Prairie Blessings was established in an historic church-turned charming home in High Bluff. High Bluff Church was built in 1890, and then became High Bluff United in 1925. It was gutted in 2004 to make room for a spacious 3,000-square-foot home. From the outside, this decades-old church looks exactly the same as it did when it was built. But the inside is a different story. A loft was built into a master suite overlooking the living and dining rooms. The previous owners also renovated the lower level which includes three bedrooms, a lounge, and a large bathroom all with floor heat. The tall, narrow, stained-glass windows, vaulted ceilings and church steeple remain intact, a symbol of the once sacred space. The church home includes a deck and a beautifully landscaped back yard that is a bird watcher’s paradise. Won’t you be blessed today?