Prayer Requests: For all hearts to be open to experience the Lord’s love and for relationships and struggles to be healed. For saftey for riders and mentors. Great health for horses so they can do their work. For Dan and I to continue to find strength in the Lord and to protect our marriage.
We began this journey serving at risk kids in 2006 using horses as a homeschooling project with our children. We became amazed how the horses responded in using games to play with them and how we instantly saw the gospel in each game. Life lessons were pouring into our minds! We shared with our own kids how we could help a family we knew who were in desperate need of healing and hope and invited the three children to come spend the day with us. To say they found joy in the Lord that special day, is just too simple. Sharing the love of Jesus through the horses and that day marked the beginning of a passion to help other kids in troubled situations. Within a few months we were inviting more and more kids as we could see the Lord transforming their hearts to trust in HIS peace in difficult times. By 2008 we had our own first horse and continued to see the need grow. We had deep in our hearts to have our own place to do this and make it officical by becoming a non-profit. With lots of years inbetween learning, being stretched, and the Lord preparing us each step of the way, in 2014 we moved now two horses to this very special place. Just down the road from our home, we have 77 acres of beautiful woods we call True North Ranch. We had the name from a previous ministry we were doing for pastors and missionaries and just added ranch to it. Our four pillars are the core of our 90 minute sessions pairing one child, one horse, and one mentor. A unique time designed by the child and sometimes adults. To date, we have served over 600 children and adults. GOD IS AMAZING! Would we ever of thought He would use us “for such a time as this” to help others find HOPE! We are humbled He would use us and these four-legged missionaries! In 2016, we served over 350 kids and adults. We began a partnership with a new home that will serve trafficked girls, Rising Hope Foundation. We added a more stable “tent” monstrosity hay shelter, and our biggest highlight; the Lord provided us a way to own the land. HE even provided the funds to meet our monthly payments! We still tear up everytime we share this! We stepped into faith, putting everything on the line trusting HIS provision, and HE met us, BIG TIME! Our goals are to provide more area for sessions by adding panels. Panels provide a safe gated environment that can be broken down and set up easily. We can also use these panels to do outside ministry in our community. We would love to have a safer trailer to do this as well. A barn is on our plan so we can store the hay safely and have an area to provide fellowship events including a Cowboy Church atmosphere. This indeed has been a prayer since we have been here and look forward to see how the Lord works it out! We also hope we will one day have the property fully paid for so it can be owned by the ministry. We encourage all who are interested to come for a tour! Our gate is always open for the Lord’s purpose. This is NOT our property…it is HIS and to be used to serve others in need! Visit us on our website and see our promo video at www.truenorthranch.org God is doing BIG things here in the woods of Merrifield, MN. Thank you for partnering with us and enjoying the RIDE