We are Mitch and Betty Sue Ratliff. It is our pleasure in life to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and to serve our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Here is part of our story. “Mitch when retired relocated to Roanoke Virginia with his wife of 30 years. His wife became ill shortly after their arrival and was hospitalized with the diagnosis of terminal liver cancer. Betty Sue, a widow and a nurse working at the cancer center became acquainted with Mitch’s wife by being her nurse and conducting bible studies with her. When Mitch’s wife realized that she would not survive, she urged him to marry again, and suggested that he consider someone like Betty Sue. After his wife passed away, Mitch was deeply depressed. His daughter who also knew Betty Sue through the bible study urged him to communicate with her since she was also depressed about the loss of her husband. With much hesitation, Mitch & Betty Sue finally met for coffee. It was at this point that The Lord intervened. After a short romance their hearts were united and Aurora (new beginning) was created for them. God is good.”
Our union has prospered now for 22 years during which time we have dedicated ourselves to serving the Lord. Our home (Aurora Manor) in Bedford County Virginia was built in 1999 and is dedicated to servings God’s people. The primary focus is on providing a place for traveling missionaries and their families. Although it’s proximity to Liberty University has generated a ministry to the University students particularly those who have goals to become missionaries. We are now looking to share our guest apartment with others as well. We host a fellowship gathering open to the community and college students from liberty on Thursday evenings where we provide dinner which is followed by a time of signing praise music, prayer and a devotional message. All our guest are invited to
Mitch and Betty Sue Ratliff purchased this estate in 1992
Perfect location for almost everything (mountains, lake, historical sites, quaint towns and numerous fall festivals). Ideal location for graduation parties, weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners in our large banquet room overlooking the pool with a fabulous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains Peaks of Otter.
Aurora Manor is a farm, where abundant wildlife can been observed (deer, wild turkey, geese, ducks and numerous small game animals) almost on a daily basis, yet close to two fairly large cities (Roanoke and Lynchburg) where an abundance of fine restaurants, arts (symphony, ballet, live theater, museums and even a zoo in Roanoke) are located. Mostly we just love being located in the hub where we can venture out and enjoy so many of the beautiful and historical sites available in Virginia.