Spiritual Life

A Child's Prayer

A Child's Prayer

I was sitting in silence before chapel last week. Our Minot chapel was built many years ago with beautiful stonework serving as the backdrop for a carved natural-wood cross. The pews are arranged in a semi-circle around the altar. Taking a deep breath, I could almost feel the thousands of prayers that have been said and the tears that have been shed in this sacred space.…

Read More

A Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life

One young man at the Ranch is celebrating Easter with a very creative and symbolic haircut!…

Read More

A "Heart for Human Care"

A "Heart for Human Care"

Pastor Rick shows Christ’s love to the children at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch through his compassion, gentleness, and listening.…

Read More

A life well lived – Dr. Norman Luebkeman

A life well lived – Dr. Norman Luebkeman

When Norman Luebkeman died in 2015, he left the majority of his estate, in excess of $2,000,000, to charity—with over $216,000 going to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Through his gift, Norman will live on through the many precious children who find hope and healing at the Ranch.…

Read More

Double Blessings: Stock Transfer Blesses Ranch Kids as Well as Donors

Double Blessings: Stock Transfer Blesses Ranch Kids as Well as Donors

Ron and Shirley Hankel’s faith inspires them to financially support the Ranch—where they are helping to share Christ’s love and forgiveness with kids at the Ranch.…

Read More

Her future is not defined by her past

Her future is not defined by her past

When I first started at the Ranch, one of the girls living here really touched my heart. On the outside she was outspoken and funny. On the inside she was battling depression and anger issues that led to suicidal thoughts and feeling like she was very alone. At one point, I heard her say, “What do you expect of me? I was born into this, my Mom was an addict, her boyfriends were jerks…that’s my life.”…

Read More

Connecting Children to Faith

Connecting Children to Faith

“The fact that the Ranch weds spiritual life and healing is what gets me to North Dakota in December when it’s 18 below,” says Rev. William Simmons (Pastor Bill). Pastor Bill, a member of the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation board of directors, comes to Ranch board meetings from St. Louis, MO—where he enjoys a much warmer climate, is recently retired from his position as the administrative pastor at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, and enjoys family time with his wife, Gail, their four children, and four grandchildren.…

Read More

The Sweet Reward of God's Word and Watermelon

The Sweet Reward of God's Word and Watermelon

Nothing says summer like Vacation Bible School. Kids at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Fargo, focused on Genesis 1-11 and this year’s Vacation Bible School experience. They learned about creation, the fall, the flood, and the tower of Babel—then talked about why it’s all so important.…

Read More

Deaconess Diary

Deaconess Diary

“Minot?? How do you pronounce that? Wait, where is Minot? North Dakota?!?! That’s like right up by Canada, right? You know it gets cold up there? Like super/don’t want to go outside for half the year/your eyelashes freeze together/plug your car in cold?!?!”…

Read More

Kelly Jacob Joins Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch as Spiritual Life Coordinator

Kelly Jacob Joins Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch as Spiritual Life Coordinator

Deaconess Kelly Jacob recently joined Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch as Spiritual Life Coordinator. In her new position, Jacob cares for the spiritual needs of the residents of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Minot, ND, through the presentation of the Gospel, scriptural mentoring, moral guidance, and community involvement.…

Read More

LWML ND District Supports Spiritual Life Program at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

LWML ND District Supports Spiritual Life Program at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received $5,000 from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, North Dakota District to support its Spiritual Life programming. The Spiritual Life Program is a key part of the Ranch’s work to provide hope and healing for troubled children and adolescents. Ranch employees encourage residents to participate in Chapel, Christian education, and Spiritual Life groups, as well as to meet individually with an on-campus Chaplain or Spiritual Life Specialist.…

Read More

Turning Calls of Distress to Shouts of Joy

Turning Calls of Distress to Shouts of Joy

Each day, Ranch Chaplain, Rev. Rick Jones, emails a devotion to all Ranch employees. His messages are thought provoking, inspiring and comforting—and remind us to remain focused on our kids and on Christ. His devotion from June 12th really spoke to me. It made me think not only of our kids, but of you, our devoted donors. You give of your time and treasure to pray for our kids and financially support our ministry, while often you have battles of your own. You may be dealing with medical issues or the pain of watching a loved one struggle—none of us have a life free from worry. I wanted to share this with you today both to remind you you’re not alone in your struggle, and to encourage you to reach out to a friend or neighbor in need—just as you support the kids at the Ranch.…

Read More