Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Our Faithful Father

"The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3

Our Father has been so faithful to provide for the needs of His Ranch this year, and as we sit back and take a look at what He has done, we are amazed!  He brought together a staff of very different personalities and gifts from all over the country, and He made them of one heart and mind in the ministry of love.  He gave us wonderful fellowship and encouragement in the body of Christ.  He allowed us to serve over 300 individual children, as well as parents and other family members and people from the community who were able to enjoy the ranch.  He provided two new horses this summer.  He made it possible for improvements to be made to the arena fencing, the wheelchair ramp and loading dock, and a pavilion to be built for shade and seating.  He brought in a variety of animals for the kids to enjoy; cats, dogs, a goat, cows, even rats.  He brought us a great team of volunteers who accomplished a lot of cleanup, landscaping, painting, and construction around the ranch.  And as we wrapped up the 2011 season with the annual fundraiser October 29, He provided above and beyond what we could imagine.  Last fall, the fundraiser gifts came to about $11,000.  This year, God blew us away and provided over $22,000!  We should not be so surprised; His resources are unlimited.  But we are humbled and amazed that He allows us to be part of His work here and has chosen to bless us as we seek to obey the call He has placed on us to reach out to children and their families.

smiling faces!

riding the roping steer!

It was a gorgeous day for a fundraiser.  The sun warmed us enough to take off our jackets.  We welcomed over 200 guests to the ranch, plus volunteers!  It was fun to see many of the families that we have gotten to know over the summer, as well as new visitors.  The pony rides were a huge hit with the kids!

We had great food, awesome face painting, play areas for little ones, roping instruction, and an exotic gumball machine!

We were also blessed to have Marty Langhofer, a cowboy vet from Indiana, come and talk to some of the guests about things we can learn from horses and show us some neat demonstrations in the round pen.

Everyone enjoyed the day immensely!  Our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who make the fundraiser event possible each year, and to the many friends and guests of His Ranch who came and gave willingly for a ministry they believe in.

Will you join us in praying and believing God for next year, that according to His Word, He will do exceedingly abundantly beyond all we can ask or think?
And join us in praising our mighty Father for His faithfulness, provision, and protection during the 2011 season!   
Soli deo gloria!!!