One of our kids was lingering outside my door this week, so I asked her if she wanted a piece of candy or one of the encouragement cards I always have on my desk. Because she is a smart kid, she said “Both!”
As she was looking through the cards, she stopped at one that said, “I am not afraid.” She stared at it a long time but seemed hesitant to pick it up. As I mentioned to her the importance of feeling safe and stable, I could see in her shy eyes she needed this message.
I suspect this sweet, quiet girl had been through something that scared her. Whatever that was could be a big part of why she is at the Ranch—something happened to her long ago that continues to affect her today.
Our kids are brave and courageous every single day—just being at the Ranch, away from everything they know and love, takes courage. Facing their traumas, their memories, and the people who hurt them, all takes courage. Looking inside themselves to discover who they really are, and then accepting it, takes courage.
I hope our children can all claim the message, “I am not afraid,” as their own, and take it with them wherever they go in life.
The courage I see in our kids is why I feel brave enough to ask for support. These precious children need us so much and we could not help them “to succeed in the name of Christ,” without folks like you. Thank you for your support, your prayers, and most of all, for believing in the strength and courage of our kids. With the right care, they can blossom into who they are meant to be.
Many of our residents will be discharging this month and many others are just beginning their journey to healing. Please keep this shy young girl, and all children at the Ranch, in your prayers.
Thank you for everything you do to keep our ministry thriving.
Senior Development Officer
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