A huge part of my job at the Ranch is to thank people for their ongoing support of our kids. Who wouldn't love a job where you get to meet and thank loving and kind people committed to a ministry that helps children and their families succeed in the name of Christ? I've spent the week in Texas, visiting with several of those folks. I was honored to spend time with them.
As I was visiting with one of our good supporters, a Reverend and his wife, he had a medical emergency and the ambulance and fire truck came to take him to the hospital. Needless to say, I was a bit shaken up and actually shaking from head to toe. Not sure what to do, I decided to go to a nearby church. The office administrator let me in and directed me to the chapel where I could pray and cry a little. I felt God's peace surround me and comfort me, as it always does when I cry out to Him in times like that.
On Thursday, I was heading to the airport when I received a call that my little girl had fallen and was being taken to the Emergency Room. I felt sick that I couldn't be there for her. Then my flight was canceled due to the winter storm ravaging the Midwest. This time, I cried right at the ticket counter and prayed all day. It was uplifting to have so many people reach out to me and offer to pray as well. Thankfully, she is going to be just fine. She has a few stitches, a minor concussion, and wants her Mommy.
While I was on standby for a flight home, it was a great day to find a comfortable airport chair (is there such a thing?) and spend time talking to God.
I tell our Ranch kids, "Cry out to God in your pain and frustration. He is with you all the time and will help you feel less alone." Here I am taking my own advice. I'm confident God will always calm my frustrations and bring me to a place of peace—a place where I can spend time in communion with Him.
Senior Development Officer
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christian residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. We help the most troubled, complicated, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care, where we look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves.