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December 2020 Ranch Updates…

 We hope this update finds you blessed!  At Remembrance Ranch, we believe prayer is the most important part of our program.

We are seeing a lot of frustrations and anxiety around the COVID virus among our teens, staff, and volunteers during the Holidays.  This months Bible verses will hopefully give us all some direction on what we should be doing while we are awaiting the world to be healed of this nasty virus. During hard times, I encourage you to do what Job did, he fell to the ground and worshipped, Job 1:20.  While you are worshipping/praying, remember these words and be patient as you await God’s answers.

God speaks to our times of troubles:

“Romans 5:3-4 And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.”

God promises to go before you: 

“Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

God tells us there is a time for everything and we must be patient:

“Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

God is with you, YOU are never alone:

“Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not onto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

We hope that you and your families have a wonderfully blessed and peaceful Holiday Season!

GENERAL RANCH PRAYER REQUESTS:

RR Teen Updates:

  • Praise God for the opportunity to plant seeds of truth into our teens.  Pray the Lord will make them grow!

RR Financial Prayers:

  • Pray that the needs of the Ranch be met for our current 2020 program.
  • Pray that God will lead us and connect us with properties to expand our Ranch programs.
  • If you would like to give a “financial donation” to help Remembrance Ranch, you can do so by clicking HERE.

 

RR’s Next Teen Event

Teen Virtual Night of FUN

Wednesday, December 16th @ 6pm

All details for the event are a secret, so please check our blog after December 16th to see photos and updates of this amazing event!

November 2020 Ranch Updates…

“Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

RR Teen Prayers:

Praise God for the opportunity to plant seeds of truth into our teens.  Pray the Lord will make them grow!

 RR Financial Prayers:

Pray that the needs of the Ranch be met for our current 2020 program.

Pray that God will lead us and connect us with properties to expand our Ranch programs.

If you would like to give a “financial donation” to help Remembrance Ranch, you can do so by clicking, DONATE.

RR’s Next Teen Event

Pray for this event to be well attended by all our teens.

Boys:  Saturday, November 21st

Girls:  Saturday, December 5th

October 2020 Remembrance Ranch Updates

RR Teen Updates

You should find these updates in your inbox.  If you do not please contact your Prayer Partner Coordinator, Wendy Heath.  Please remember to post on your teens individual blog page after reading their update.

4th Annual Nightmare on 84th Street

We need help to either build, scare on the trail, or both.  Please click the SignUp Genius link below to help us with our “4th Annual Nightmare on 84th Street.”

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084cada622abfb6-remembrance

Teen Bible Study Zoom Calls

Our Teen Bible Study Zoom calls are happening monthly for both our teen boys and girls.  This is an opportunity for our teens to reconnect with each other and our staff.   During this call, we are able to check in with the teens and give them a message from God.

Coming home!

We are on the road with an awesome group of guys! The rain held off this morning so we were able to pack and get out on time. We apologize that we were not able to get any post out this weekend as we did not have good reception.  Here’s  a quick summary  of how the last three days have gone on the trail.

Our  first day was actually our longest hike. We made it to our first campground with a Riverview and the boys did great! Lots of encouragement on the trail and lots of beautiful nature. When we set up we learned how to set up our tents,  cook spaghetti for dinner, put up our food at night with bear bags, and then had a devotional and social time around the campfire. Great view of the river and all that Manistee River Trail has an offer.
The next morning we woke up and learned how to make omelettes in a bag 🙂 Patty led us in a devotional then we headed out for a great swim spot near some waterfalls. Lots of fun playing in the river, looking for Petoskty stones , floating downstream, and catching crayfish to cook for dinner :-). Saw a bald eagle,  osprey, deer along the river.

our last day was spent traveling to the suspension bridge. A lot of other hikers on the trail and the boys did a great job of saying hello. I think a lot of the other hikers were impressed to see a group of a dozen young men making their way with full packs. we made it to a group camping site on Seaton creek where are the van Met is to bring us real food —hamburgers,  hotdogs, chips, pop, and a desert to celebrate all we have done .

At our devotional time four boys asked God to be their Savior and Jesus to live in their heart. Three boys recommitted themselves to being disciples of Christ! Lots of encouragement for each other and a few testimonials from leaders of how we have seen God encourage us

The best part of the trip is that this is only the beginning and not the end! Dan will be following up with the boys in their schools and at their homes to help them follow through on the goals that they set this week. I personally will look forward to seeing them at some of our social events including a hockey game, Craigs cruisers, and other opportunities.  Look for prayer requests and updates from your prayer partner coordinator.

Continue reading Coming home!

Adventure Awaits Us

Hey everyone, it’s Patrick Jr… or Patty!

We woke up this morning and began with a devotional about wearing masks. No, not masks we are wearing for COVID-19… but the masks we cover our in most thoughts and feelings. You see, sometimes we go through our everyday lives looking and acting like we have everything together, but that’s not the truth. The truth is, sometimes we hurt, sometimes we are broken, sometimes we need prayer. However, we serve a God who in knowing everything about us, still loves us endlessly. That’s all that matters!

After a morning session with the horses, we completed our last entrepreneurial activity, where one of the boys excelled and took home the win… Kyren stepped up and showed the true leader inside him! The rest of the boys also stepped up, and did an amazing job.

At meal time, one of the boys was missing home, and sat away from the other boys. Austin took it upon himself to go talk to the boy and invited him back to the group. These are just a few examples of exactly what we want to see just before we leave for the trail. Coming together as a team, looking out for each other.

The afternoon was spent on a trail ride to complete our time with the horses. It is always sad to say goodbye, each of the boys makes such a special connection with their horse that could never be forgotten.

The end of the day was also full of fun things such as archery tag, swimming, and lots and lots of laughs!

As the sun goes down on our final day at Cran Hill, we prepare our hearts and minds for the journey ahead of us. Tomorrow  we will embark on our eleven mile backpacking trip on the Manistee River Trail. Let me tell you.. the boys are ready. This is no easy hike, there are many ups and downs. In a way though, that is just like our faith, ups and downs. How to we get through those ups and downs, with God on our side. Please be in prayer for safety and strength for not only the boys but the staff as well. Please also note that we may not have good connection, but will be posting when we can!

-Patty

The Great Day

Today was a great day.

It started out with a good breakfast of french toast, and then we went to horses. Some continued their ridings skills while others watched the training in the “round pen.”  We learned that there is a lot that we have in common with horses. Like we need to overcome our fears, and we need to learn to trust the handler (who is God).

Before lunch we practiced creative thinking with a fun group entrepreneur activity.

After lunch we enjoyed some swim time– though we gave our best effort to sink the swim raft, we were not able to!  Maybe tomorrow!

We did zip line next and almost everyone got on it.

Then we learned to throw tomahawks, which is harder than it looks! But many of us got used to it and are quite good.

We ended the afternoon with dinner, then a testimony from Wade.  While Patrick set the movie up, the boys set their mattresses to slide down the stairs 🙂 The Popcorn and movie were good and we enjoyed being together as one.

Overall, the boys grew a lot closer to one another and God.

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Coming Together!

Even though Monday started rainy and wet,  we started off with a good breakfast and got to the horses right away! It is amazing and how quickly the boys are advancing in their confidence and skills in working with the horses. Many of them know how to approach a horse saddle it tie the correct knots mounted and guided around the arena after only a couple of lessons! While some were riding the horses others worked the chores in the barn and learn what it takes to take care of these beautiful animals.

We took a break from the horses to work on a creative thinking and problem-solving activity. The boys were presented with a problem of How to figure out how to survive in the desert, But the real goal was to see Learn in their ability to problem solve and work as a team.

Were you able to log into Facebook live to see our archery activity? If not you can see a recording on our Facebook page. The afternoon was classic summer camp activities including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and archery.

Mr. Dan (the boys case manager) was able to drive up from Grand Rapids and spend the day with us. It was great to continue a relationship with him as he will help with the follow up care.

We ended the day with more horse skills including riding lessons and how to wash and groom the horses.

After supper was a campfire and Patrick shared his testimony. The kids responded well and his son Patty finished the night with a stirring prayer and a call to live for God.

Day 2: Who is God?

Hey everyone!

My name is Patty! I am a staff member this week, and I am so excited to spend time with the boys this week, here’s a recap of our amazing day today:

We started the day spending time with Jesus, we dove into some scripture and explored the question, who is God? We had some really good conversations and wrote down our goals for the year! We discussed both long term goals and some short term goals that each teen can work on while they are here at camp.

We had the opportunity to complete some team building exercises, the “spider web”, and “all aboard! The teams came together and did amazing! It was hard for them all to connect at first, but towards the end they began to work together to get the task done.  There were some normal frustrations but overall the boys were determined to complete the task at hand. They came out of these activities much closer as a team.  Some of the bots even spent time learning to play chess!!

Today was the first day on horses! The boys learned how to tack, groom, and get on a horse today and even began to ride. Seeing the smiling faces and hearing the laughs was definitely a highlight of the day. After riding, the boys worked with the horse staff to feed the horses, this also served as a pretty cool experience.  See Facebook for more pics of the boys on horses today!

They also fed the goats, rabbits, and even the pot belly pig names Annie.

We would love it if you guys would pray for another great day, and that the boys would connect not only with each other and the staff, but also with their father in Heaven.

A New Beginning

As I lay here and reflect on our first day with these boys, I am amazed at how God works all things together for good. Every year a new group of boys join us and every year God begins a new work in each of their lives.

Tonight the boys kicked off their week on the climbing wall. Each of them challenged themselves to go further than they thought possible. Some were challenged to get to the top while others pushed themselves out of their comfort zones and simply put on a harness and set a goal to get a few feet off the ground. Either way, they all celebrated together at the end for the many accomplishments. During our reflection time, the boys gave affirmations about each other for encouragement while they were on the wall or for determination to meet a goal they set for themselves. It was truly a “coming together” event for this group!

Later we cooled off in the lake and closed the night around the camp fire with an introduction to their bibles.

We sat around the fire tonight and I asked the boys how they felt before they arrived today to leave for summer camp. All of them responded by saying they were anxious and worried because they didn’t know what to expect. One of them was honest enough to say he was worried about being accepted by the group. One of our  junior leaders, Quinntin was quick to respond, “this is a non-judgmental zone, we accept everyone just how they are.” Was an amazing response! I then asked the boys about their first day and how they felt. The overwhelming response was that they were happy to be here and excited for what tomorrow will bring. As we sat around the fire I looked around and watched as the boys were talking with their new friends…some were laughing while others were listening intently learning about each other’s lives back home.

I am now ready for bed and across the room I still see one flashlight on. A boy and his bible. A new beginning.