Their names can’t be published. Their pictures cannot be shown. But these brothers worked hard. They voluntarily labored for two days to help move and hang sheetrock, swing hammers and run saws alongside other volunteers working hard to finish the first apartment for Living Stone Ranch. Did they wonder if this would be their home one day? I am sure they did. Many like them will soon “age out” of foster care, with no place to call home. No training or job. Most likely the family they once had is not a safe place for them to return to. For those kids, the outlook is bleak. But we see things differently. We see them as God’s kids! We see an opportunity to join God in his work of restoration. This construction project, when completed, will house 3-5 people, with kitchen and laundry space, giving young people an opportunity to live independently after leaving the care of Child Protective Services. Beyond that, Living Stone Ranch will be able to give college guidance, apprenticeships, technical training, and most importantly learning how to put their trust in Jesus. This homestead will offer what many of our residence may have never experienced- family. We invite you to join us in completing this phase of a HUGE vision.
We’ve been told to wait. We’ve been advised that holding off for a few years wouldn’t hurt. All well meaning counsel, considering the difficulties that abound in our personal life at the moment. There is one big flaw in this seemingly helpful advice though- the need is great and urgent- for living space, for hope and healing, discipleship and family. God confirms to us daily that we “must not grow weary of doing good”. Through our personal suffering, God is bringing us closer to Him, giving us opportunities to encourage others, and bringing glory to Himself as each project is completed. We have been humbled as we seek other believers for help and service as they join us in God’s work. And now we seek our community of support-known and unknown- as God propels us forward- to the finish line. At the top of the completion list is sheetrock, then on to floors and paint. A successful campaign will push us through these projects and beyond! We are making a big ask here, but we are reminded that we do serve a big God. A goal of $6,000+to complete this first apartment at Living Stone Ranch is a tremendous one, but with great faith we ask and pray, and God willing, we will see His abundance.