A couple of years ago, the Leadership Team of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch worked together to create a common language about the critical ministry of the Ranch. When they talked about our Christian foundation, some of the words that surfaced were "light," "illumination," and "presence," which is highlighted in the excerpt below.
"We are present in order to create moments of illumination. Not enlightenment moments necessarily, though those may occur. Not constant "aha" moments since that is difficult to sustain. But illumination. Light. Clarity. We bring light to dark places and situations through our presence. We also bring Christ's presence which brings the ultimate Light.
"We bring Christ's presence through our own flesh and blood on good days and bad ones. We create moments of illumination for kids, their families and even in the broader system. And we do all of this by being present. Showing up. Being fully there. Listening. Abiding. Completing. And not running away even when every fiber of our being wants to. We stick with it and are present because that is what we have been called to do."
As a supporter of this ministry, you create moments of illumination. You make the world a better place, one child at a time. You light the path for a family struggling to find their way. You help a child find hope when they have spent a lifetime in despair.
Thank you for your prayers and for your support of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.
God bless you.
Senior Development Officer
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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.