Manistee.. here we come!

Day 4 at the Ranch was filled with laughs and smiles; each activity throughout the day provided the group with different opportunities to strengthen their relationships with one another. The morning began with our daily devotional, we focused on Psalm 139:1-4 and discussed how God knows each and everyone of us, our best and worst characteristics, and loves us more than anyone else.

After lunch we headed back to the Stone House to begin our mask activity. We sat outside and enjoyed the fresh breeze as we decorated our individual masks- representing the character traits we allow the world to see and the character traits that we hide from the public. This activity provided the girls with the opportunity to get to know themselves on a deeper level,  and bring awareness not only to the masks we often wear but also the authentic beauty that is behind them.

After some fun in the Lake, we headed to the barn and began our trail ride. The trail ride consisted of many laughs, amazing views, and the chance to finally enjoy the horses as a complete group.   Dinner was followed by our daily Hot-Seat discussion, covering the progress that each girl has been made and the areas of growth that we will continue to work on. We enjoyed a warm fire outside the Stone House, and shared words of affirmation with one another before heading off to bed – this truly united the group in such a beautiful way and prepared them for the long day ahead.

Though our time at Cranhill is coming to the end, the memories will definitely live on forever.  We have seen God at work each and every day, and it is incredible to think about all of the great things that have occurred while on the trip so far. Our hike along the Manistee River will begin tomorrow, and we are eager for all of the blessings that are yet to come!

Soaring to New Heights

This morning the girls went to riding lessons and experienced the round pen. They were able to watch Jillian, their instructor, establish trust and obedience with the horse in the pen. The girls reflected on how this exercise relates to our relationship with God. We often hesitate to trust and obey God,  just like the horse struggled at first to trust and obey the instructor and  follow her directions.

Before lunch the girls participated in an entrepreneurial activity. The girls were asked to take a pair of scissors, two pieces of tape, pieces of spaghetti and make the tallest structure they could together. The girls brainstormed and worked together as a team. They practiced their listening and leadership skills to work towards winning the tallest structure.

We were able to take a trip tubing down the river. We listened to worship music as we floated, it was a nice relaxing time!

After lunch the girls participated in the zip line and tomahawks. They were able to overcome their fears and climb the ladder to get to the top of the zip line. They encouraged one another as they climbed and soared. At tomahawks many of the girls learned a new skill and challenged themselves to give it their all!

Trotting into New Beginnings

This morning we dove into Romans for our devotionals and gained insight into how we view God.

At the barn the girls learned to trot, 2 point, and post while riding. 2 point  is a position used when going over an obstacle, and posting is to rise out of the saddle seat while trotting, which makes it much more comfortable for you and your horse while riding. While half of the girls were riding, the other half learned how to bathe a horse, starting at the legs and moving up the body.

Before lunch we did an entrepreneurial activity involving what items each girl would bring to the desert in order of importance…they were so creative! Swimming and archery made the schedule after lunch, and each girl learned the ropes on how to hit the target.

Round 2 of HOT SEAT and journal time were completed tonight, and we ended with another round of swimming. The girls absolutely LOVE the lake!

Today We Chose JOY

Today we dove into Ephesians 3:15 and finished with reviewing our SOAP acronym our devotionals (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer). We were able to have church outside today, despite the rain just earlier the sun peeked through!

After lunch we had each girl pick a word for their handmade bracelets. For the word they chose, we had them journal why they chose that specific word.  This year we’ve have been focusing on journaling!

Around 2:30 we headed to the barn for orientation and a chance to hop on the horses for the first time! The girls were introduced to the horses today and completed their riding assessments. We are excited to see each of these girls develop their riding skills over the course of this week.

We had the opportunity to have our first HOT SEAT session where we discussed our strengths and areas for growth. Despite it being the first day, we’ve seen so much growth in these girls!

 

We Made It!

This is a quick post to let you know we made it!  We’ll make another post tomorrow with more detail of the days activities.

We arrived safely at Cran-Hill and kicked off the week with rules and expectations. Each of the girls were given a journal and some directions followed by an introduction of their new bibles.  Each of the girls has been challenged to begin identifying their personal goal to be worked on this week and then over the next 12 months when they get home from camp. We spent the evening at the climbing wall where the girls challenged and push themselves out of their comfort zones. The girls came together as a team and encouraged and supported each other.

Please pray the girls come together as a team and their individual barriers come down so they can grow this week.

We have terrible internet connection and could not do our Facebook live today. We also cannot upload photos here right now for some reason. Maybe tomorrow. But we are able and will post photos to the Facebook page. Please pray our internet connection improves so we can give you more updates throughout the week.

Thanks for all the prayers this week! We will need them!

Rules & Expectations

Bible Journaling with Taylor

Climbing Wall

 

Girls W.A.R. Trip 2020 begins in 3 Days!

Only 3 more days until we leave! I am so excited to begin our journey.  We are blessed to have 8 girls and 1 Jr. Leader to embark on this transformational experience.  Each of the girls will work with staff to develop personal goals.  Through the entire trip, we will use every experience to address their goals, allowing them to grow personally and spiritually.   During the first five days, we will be at Cran-Hill Ranch, working with horses, and engaging in a variety of activities designed to build leadership and problem-solving skills.  All that they learn and experience will be applied to the next part of our journey, backpacking for 11 miles along the North Country Trail.   I can’t wait to see how God uses this trip to impact the lives of our campers (and their families).

Please pray that each of the girls will be open to hearing God’s plan for them during our time at W.A.R.  Pray that the staff will be equipped and ready to engage in the conversations you have planned for our team.   We give thanks to our incredible God for His hand of protection throughout our trip.

WE ARE READY!

Day 2 on the Trail – John 10:10

I have found a small window of connection so I wanted to add a quick update. We are just leaving site 2 on our way to the final stop. The boys are doing great. They are learning a lot about themselves. The staff is making strong connections of their behavior and decisions here at camp to that back home. We have had a few minor set backs which we have had to work through together…all have been used as growth opportunities for the boys. By now, the boys have built enough trust and comfort with each other to allow some of their walls to come down. This creates opportunities for some great conversations, but also opens us up for challenges. In John 10:10 God tells us that the enemy, satan, comes to steal, kill, and destroy. And he has been at work this weekend to try and tear us apart. He has tried to create self-doubt in these boys. But God finishes that verse by telling us that He came so we could live life to its fullest! Through the amazing testimonies and unconditional love being shown through the staff, God is at work! Please pray for tonight’s salvation night that theses boys would be open to hearing from God and that they can begin a relationship with the true and lasting life changer!

Day 1 on the Trail!

We made it to the Manistee River Trail and the boys completely dominated the first leg of the trail! We arrived at the first site and were able to get tents up quickly, collect firewood, and set up for dinner.  We spent the evening around the fire and have some great discussions.  Dave shares his testimony of addiction and freedom in Christ and it was powerful! Tomorrow we hime to the waterfall site and will spend some time swimming in the river.

We were able to read some of the boys their blog tonight so please keep the posts coming!

Sorry this is short but the connection of a bit weak and just wanted to get a quick update out there to you all. I cannot get any pictures uploaded here but will try to post them on Facebook.

Escape Horse!

We started today with a devotion out of Psalms; we are all wonderfully complex and marvelous creations…and we then discussed the “masks” we tend to wear to protect ourselves from allowing others to see how we are really feeling inside. God sees and knows everything about us and accepts us just as we are. No matter how you feel inside; hurt, broken, depressed, etc. God loves us and wants us to know we are special, unique, valuable, etc. Later in the day, we did an activity to help the boys express how they were using masks. It was amazing to listen in to some of the discussions as the boys were opening up about their feelings, challenges and struggles. Our social worker, Ron, was able to follow up with some powerful one-on-one conversations around this topic.

At the barn today, the boys were able to drive a cart with a mini-horse to solve a problem in the arena. They had to work together through the challenge and take turns driving the horse. Both groups were able to complete the task, but o let by working together.

One of the more “plump” horses decided to escape today with Jorge! Against Jorge’s best efforts to turn him around, Magic, the horse, decided to push through the arena gate in search of greener pastures…and when I say “greener” I mean yummy grass! Luckily, the wranglers were quick to catch him and return him to the arena.

Just before lunch, the boys were involved in some great activities led by Next Generation Entrepreneurs. This activity helped the bots improve their communication skills.

In the afternoon, the staff was able to join the boys on horses for the trail ride. It was a great culmination of all the skills they have learned this week!

We spent the evening by the water enjoying each other’s company and watching the sunset on God’s beautiful creation! There was a great Facebook live video posted around 4:30pm today with the boys on the water slide!

Tomorrow morning we leave for the Manistee River Trail.  Please continue to pray for the group as this is not an easy hike.  The weight of the packs coupled with the terrain makes for a challenging first day.  We may have limited connection so do not get nervous if you don’t see a post from us on the blog.  Please check back daily on both Facebook and this blog and we will do our best to update you.  For parents, we will see you at the celebration on Sunday!

Another Great Day at the Ranch

Hi my name is Jacob. I am the junior leader, I was a camper 3 years ago then last year I came to the advanced horsemanship camp. The ranch has made some awesome changes in my life like helping me accept God in my life and it showed me the way to the next step in my life as one of Gods children.

Today we learned how to get our horses to trust us and we learned how to post and how to do a two point on a horse.  We also watched the equine staff compete in a rodeo.  We all wore funny cowboy hats to help support our favorite wrangler.

We learned about entrepreneurs and the value in taking healthy risks. Then we had a little friendly competition to see which team  could build the tallest tower with few resources like tape and spaghetti noodles and marshmallows.

Then the wonderful chefs prepped some ham and turkey sandwiches with curly fries. Next we went and had lots of fun learning how to throw tomahawks.

Then we rushed down to get on the bus to go tubing. We all had a fun and cool adventure  seeing all the different types of animals on the river.

Then we got back and went for dinner and we had grilled chicken with potato’s and biscuits. Then we finished up the day by sitting in side by the fire while Patty shared his testimony about some of his own struggles with girls and peer pressure.  Then we hit the showers and went to bed.

Overall, it was a great day of growth for me and for the boys.  Tomorrow is our trail ride with all the staff.  I can’t wait for the hiking trail on Thursday.

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