On March 3, over 300 friends of Strong Tower Ranch shared A Strong Tower Experience! If you came, THANK YOU, and if you couldn’t be there, here’s a little recap:
Comedian David Graham was hilarious and made us laugh throughout the evening! We heard testimonies from young adults who were at-risk campers and grew into leaders.They had experiences like no other and coined the phrase “Strong Tower Moments”. We watched a “human video” and saw video clips from the ranch. We ate great food and bought lots of great stuff donated by generous businesses in the area. People learned things about STR they didn’t know before; for example,
More than half of the children who attend STR come for free due to:
- Incarcerated parent
- Being removed from their home due to abuse or neglect (in foster care)
- Loss of a family member due to drug overdose, domestic violence or suicide
Horse activities can break down walls where traditional therapy isn’t effective:
Area child advocacy and family support organizations are referring youth to STR like never before. An environment where a person feels safe, loved, and can learn about relationships opens the door for hope and healing.
STR has THREE areas of ministry:
- Youth ages 8-14 who attend day camp or horse camp in the summer
- Youth who attend horse programs in the spring and fall
- Older teens and young adults who are mentored both during the summer and off-season
Most people are aware of #1 or #2 (or both) but are not aware of #3. We’ve been giving more attention every year to training the older teens and young adults who are our counselors, and to spending more time with them after hours and off-season. If you attend Friday night testimony times in the summer, you see that there is tremendous fruit with these young people, especially those who stay on site, overnight, all week. Training them to be leaders during the day and then meeting their personal needs in the evening is a double blessing for them. We want to do more of this and have MORE “Strong Tower Moments” where youth find that Jesus is a strong tower they can run to.