Fall Update

Dear Friends,
The summer has come and gone in what seems a blink  of an eye.  It is already October!!  It was an amazing eight weeks of camp here at STR.  I was a little nervous that it was going to be an an overwhelming mountain to climb but God, in His most creative ways, reassured me time and time again that I was on the right path, to keep my focus on Him and He will take care of the rest. And He did…it was truly a blessed summer.  I had the privilege of working with over twenty young ladies ranging in age from twelve to eighteen. These girls truly live out their faith as I watched them daily be the hands and feet of Jesus to so many hurting, uncertain children in this world. We shared our love for Jesus through daily devotions and worship.  We ministered to over 400 children on horseback…no better way to share the gospel in my opinion 😉 and closed our day camp weeks with a powerful routine on horseback displaying the majestic nature of the horse…the same meek and mild horses that campers rode for trail rides and lessons all week long.  How cool to know our own Savior Jesus is so very meek and gentle yet He holds more power than the entire universe.  I had one conversation with a young boy about super heroes and how he knew so much about each one of their powers but he also knew each one had a weakness that could destroy them.  It was priceless to watch his face when I told Him that Jesus is the greatest superhero ever and He has no weaknesses at all.  He defeated death already and He offers us that same power through His saving grace. Thank you all for your support and belief in me and allowing me this awesome honor of serving on behalf of the greatest superhero ever….King Jesus.
Fall is off to a roaring blast with all programs full and going strong.  Hoedown preparation is underway and I am humbled over and over again by God’s goodness and provision to the ministry.  There are projects happening that we have dreamed about for years.  Our hay barn in almost finished, we still need three walls, but our hay is under a roof and dry.  This has allowed us to open up our indoor ring for a full indoor riding ring.  A Girl Scout is working on her Gold Award and helping us with our new barn entry way with some beautiful landscaping.  It is truly my desire to make people feel welcome the minute they drive on the property and to have clarity where to go when they get there.  This new entry will make that happen.  I would also ask for prayer for a grant request that has been submitted for a nice playground set for the children who come to the ranch.  Many times there are siblings waiting during programs and this would give them a safe place to play so mom, dad, or caregiver can relax.
Thank you all again for your continual prayerful support.  If you are lead to support financially please send checks to Strong Tower Ranch with missionary support for Lori Brooks in the memo.   One of my favorite all time verses is from Col. 3:23 “So no matter what your task is, work hard. Always do your best as the Lord’s servant, not as man’s,”.

Joyfully serving our King,

Lori Brooks