Favorite Moments

I (Emily) have been absent for a while from internet land.  Sometimes, I find myself in moods where I don’t know what to share.  There is too much…and I feel overwhelmed often.  And then I am jumbled up.  But in the past few weeks, at the end of each week, I have been reflecting on my favorite moment of the week.  And I try to pay attention.  So, I thought I’d share something that made me smile last week.

In kid’s club (which is going WELL, by the way…I’ll maybe figure out a way to condense all of that into an update soon), we are going through the Bible, focusing on what each story teaches us about God as we go.  So, each week we review together.  The kids have gotten good at telling me that God keeps His promises!  I love it.  We emphasized that characteristic about God when we studied the flood, and, more specifically, the rainbow afterwards and then moving into God’s promise to Abraham.

Well, fast forward a few days to horse ministry (also going WELL…I am learning so much from Cher Gatto and others who have been doing this ministry faithfully for so many years)…and some of the kids who come to kid’s club every week also come to horse ministry every week.  Last Friday we actually had a cloudy day here!  It was AMAZING.  I loved it.  It didn’t rain, but toward the end of horse ministry, a rainbow appeared in the sky!  I didn’t notice it at first, but some kids did…and they yelled to me as I was working in the arena with a horse and child…”Emily…a rainbow…because God keeps His promises!”  That made my whole week worth it.

Sometimes it’s the little things!

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Adaptive Riding at the Ranch

This past week, the Ranch hosted a training and a clinic in adaptive riding.  Two instructors certified through PATH International were on site to train our staff and volunteers in how to teach riding and horsemanship to children with disabilities.  We then hosted more than 50 children from several local schools over the course of 4 separate clinics.  It was an amazing week!

We learned a lot about horses, therapy, and how to facilitate children with differing abilities.  The smiles and transformations that took place in the children once they were on the moving horse was amazing to see.  What a blessing it was to be able to work with the children and their families.  We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity.  We hope and pray that we can expand on this opportunity and continue to develop relationships with the families and schools who came to the Ranch this week.  The community gathered around these children, too.  We had volunteer medical crews on the Ranch, as well as a police escort for the children’s school bus, and many parents and teachers participated!  We hope to share some specific stories with you in the coming posts.  For now, enjoy the photo below and keep praying for wisdom as we pray about how to continue developing these ministries!

horse ministry

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