RVICS, What Wonderful Volunteers!

RVICS, What Wonderful Volunteers!

We’ve been blessed to host several couples for four months now from Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service (rvics.org), and they’re not finished yet! Instead of trying to recap all they’ve done and experienced, we have permission to share their...
Where Love Gives Life

Where Love Gives Life

One of the more challenging tasks (of many) that houseparents navigate is welcoming a new resident. Leaving home is hard, for any reason. Coming to a new place where you don’t know anyone is hard, even for a few hours – never mind having to live there. New rules...
God Gives the Increase

God Gives the Increase

Recently, Mrs. Lynn shared with me some pictures of Ava who had planted some peas earlier this spring. Each child had an opportunity to choose and plant some garden vegetables, and Ava must love peas! I believe Lynn said she had planted 40 plants and one day last week...
A Unique Perspective

A Unique Perspective

Recently I, along with another staff and two kiddos, took a Bob Ross painting class. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if I was good at art, but my running joke has been that I can’t draw a stick person straight. To willingly take a painting class was no small thing....
Mt. Zion UMC Mission Team

Mt. Zion UMC Mission Team

The Mt. Zion UMC mission team which was here June 3rd – 6th.  In two and a half days, they reworked the deck behind McHenry, rebuilt the six picnic tables, reworked the deck at the Director’s house, pressure washed the deck behind the Administrative Office, plus...
“Life is But a Vapor”

“Life is But a Vapor”

This verse comes (James 4:14) to mind for several reasons at this time of year for this house dad. My father passed away a couple of years ago and 10 years ago a young lady we worked with as a youth pastor passed away at age 16. One of our kids from here at Joy Ranch...
April Newsletter

April Newsletter

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The Staying Power of Love

The Staying Power of Love

The Staying Power of Love by Erin Austin “How do you solve a problem like Maria?How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?How do you find a word that means Maria?A flibbertigibbet! A will-o’-the wisp! A clown! Many a thing you know you’d like to tell...

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