Community. I’ve been reminded recently how important it is. Sixteen months ago the world shut down due to COVID-19, and although many places have removed all restrictions, places like Joy Ranch are still dealing with regulations which keep us from fully engaging with the world around us.
In many ways, we’ve been blessed through this crazy season of life. More than once I’ve said I’m thankful for the group of people we have at the Ranch. We are a unique setting in that most staff live on campus. This, combined with 63 acres to wander, has been wonderful during a season of shutdowns and quarantines. We haven’t felt as alone as many around the world, and for that, we are grateful. Yet as the country has begun to reopen, many of our regulations have remained the same, and it’s been difficult to see life happen around us and not be able to participate.
That’s why this summer has been particularly refreshing. We’ve had several mission groups who came to campus and willingly followed our licensing guidelines to keep our residents safe. Fence lines have been repaired, flowers have been planted, sewing classes for residents have been held, Vacation Bible School has been taught, and two different carnivals have been held. Best of all, new friends have been made and laughter has been heard around campus.
We still don’t know what will happen next month and when life will return to some semblance of normal, but for everyone on campus, our spirits have been lifted by people willing to serve. It may not seem like much to those who came, but your support has been a God-send.
Ministry happens in the day-to-day, and it’s easy to lose joy in the monotony of everyday problems. Yet when we needed it the most, many friends have reached out to offer support in various ways. We at Joy Ranch thank you for being a part of this ministry. Your support does make a difference!