On Thursday, Marcie Dempsey, a good friend of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, hosted a luncheon event in St. Paul, MN. Since she was not able to attend our Arizona luncheon in February, Marcie offered to host a similar event in her community, and we took her up on the offer!
We had a great time meeting Ranch donors and personally thanking folks who, through their support and prayers, help so many kids in need. Several donors brought friends who were interested in our ministry—which gave us the opportunity to tell them about our critical ministry, so they can decide if it is the right fit for them. It was a time of gratitude and learning.
I was told that some attendees feared a "timeshare sales experience," and am happy to say that it was nothing like that. I say this not because timeshares are bad—but to refer to the type of high pressure and emotionally driven sales tactics most timeshare companies use.
At the Ranch, we pride ourselves in being upfront and honest about the work we do. We share actual real-life stories of children we have known, loved, cared for, and helped to heal so they can realize their true potential.
My job is to tell the story of our ministry and then get out of the way. The Holy Spirit will move you to the level of support He wants you to be at. It is not my job or desire to "strongarm" anyone into doing something they don't want to do. As the hymn goes, "I love to tell the story..."
Sharing our children's stories with those who do not know about the Ranch is a blessing. Celebrating what Christ can do with those who understand our ministry is invigorating. And honoring those who continually give so a child can heal is why I do what I do—tell stories and thank people for their gifts.
Thank you for all that you do. You help make the world a better place...one child at a time.
May God bless you and bring you his great Peace.
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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.