Monday, June 9, 2008

What's all involved for a work team on the ranch?

Since the beginning of the ranch we have had several opportunities to have work teams come to the ranch and help us out. We have been blessed by these groups of kids and adults with their energy, encouragement, and work ethic. Each group came to help us with some different long-term projects as well as routine needs.

There have been groups from Gridley (IL), Bluffton (IN),and mixtures of volunteers from several other areas. Some of the groups worked on building, staining, or fixing our fences. Other work has involved constructing a fenced-off sand arena in a barn, structuring a tack room and loft, rebuilding an office building and bathroom, and other various ranch chores. Presently, we are still in the process of finishing the welcome center's office and bathroom, creating some new pasture land for the horses, and beginning a garden project next to the lake.

Let's have some past visitors tell you what the ranch is like in their own words.

Leah Stoller: “In the short time I was there, I was overwhelmed with the blessings of this Ranch. I was touched by the fact that horses can be instruments to be used by God.”

Lori Steidinger: “It was such a blessing to get to know the people better that I worked with and to make new friendships. It is going to be so exciting to watch this ranch make a difference in the lives it touches, both volunteers and visitors.”

Alex Poppen:” I had a great time working with everyone. When I first saw the horse with one eye-I looked at the spot where the eye should have been and there was just an empty hole just like the hole in Jesus’ hands and it reminded me of what He did for me.”

Brock Wiegand: “It was a very faith strengthening week. The stories were so touching. It was cool the way the horses could touch the lives of those kids. It was an amazing time of making new friendships and strengthening the old.”

Wynn Waldbeser (5): “I liked climbing the hay stacks. I combed Rascal’s hair, but you can’t comb his tail. I gave him a hug.”