Joy Ryan

Live Long and Prosper

Live Long and Prosper

I truly love the Ranch kids. They surprise me every day with their courage, resilience, desire to be their best selves. This morning as I walked through the dining room at breakfast time, several of the girls stopped me to teach them how to do the Star Trek “live long and prosper” sign with my hands. Much giggling and goofing later, we settled for them making the peace sign. For many of the children, their journey also includes their first real consideration of God and His role in their healing. Tara, whose story follows, was a child who opened her heart to the work of treatment and the word of the Lord. These children are remarkable.…

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May Your Christmas Tree Fall Over

May Your Christmas Tree Fall Over

When Janet Zinke asked me to be the “guest writer” for this week’s edition of her sharing, my first thought was “What can I bring to a Christmas Greeting that hasn’t been said a hundred times?” And then I thought, “My wish for them is that their Christmas tree falls over!”…

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Where Will You Look, and What Will You See?

It is wonderful when I can be part of the real work of the Ranch…the work that happens face to face, one-on-one with the children. All of my job (almost) is a blessing, but watching the kids succeed in real time is what makes every other challenge and hoop we jump through make sense.…

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Welcome to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is truly a special place. The boards of Directors, staff, and I are dreaming broadly and boldly about the upcoming generations impacted by this organization's ongoing work.…

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