March 17, 2017

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Lavish Your Soul ... "HOPE" for Prisoners ~ Marcus' testimony

My name is Marcus Jacquette and I graduated from the HOPE for Prisoners workshop last year. I had recently been released after serving 11 years in prison. I grew up in a single-parent home and my mother worked two jobs to support me and my sister. She worked hard to make sure we didn't want for anything growing up. We were growing up on the streets of Compton and I found myself running the streets at a very young age. I joined the Southside Compton Crips when I was just 14 years old. I began to sell drugs and became more deeply involved in the violent street life ...

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February 20, 2017

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Lavish Your Soul... Jon's story ~ Everything's going to be alright!" Part II

“I was sent to United States Penitentiary Allenwood, a maximum security prison in Pennsylvania,” Jon explains. “I’d been on the wrong side of the law long enough to know that the reality of a maximum security prison was a thousand times worse than it’s portrayed on television. I was in prison with about 950 Muslims. In Prison you have to be affiliated with a group to survive. You can associate yourself with the Crips, the Bloods, the Aryan Nation or whatever, but if you don’t pick one you will face consequences...” View full article →
February 17, 2017

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HOPE for Prisoners . . . Jon's story ~ "Everything's going to be all right!" Part I

Lights from the Las Vegas strip shined in the distance as the sound of the helicopter overhead sent Jon Ponder’s beating heart into overdrive. Jon squinted his eyes as flashing police lights flickered and sirens screeched around him. Police dogs barked and officers surrounded his vehicle. “Get out of the driver’s seat!” The thunderous and demanding voice sounded like God to Jon’s flustered brain. Distorted, he climbed out of his car... “Raise your hands! "Get on your knees! "On the ground!” ...

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December 24, 2016

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A Christmas story ... "Mary's love for her baby boy" ~ by Karl Ogg

"It was a beautiful day, but not like other days, it was a beautiful summer day. The clouds floated overhead. The sun was warm. A slight breeze carried the sweet small blossoms in the air... Mary enjoyed walking to the well as it gave her time to reflect on her day and her love for God. She was able to enjoy her walk as she visited with friends. She is not aware how this day would change her. This will be a most wonderful day for Mary..." View full article →
December 23, 2016

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MERRY Christmas from WHY Ranch .... by Amy Meyer-Terry & a "special" letter from Lauren Sokolowski

"Before I began riding, I was not the best version of myself. I was blindly going through the motions of everyday life...
Wake up
Go to school
Get bullied
...and go home 
Each day blended into the next with seemingly no way out....until I discovered the Ranch! WHY Ranch gave me a reason to get up in the morning..." View full article →
December 08, 2016

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Phoebe & Hayden .... A story of love & devotion from the Ranch

I’ve always had a passion for horses and when I was fourteen years old, I met a horse who changed my life. Hayden was a lanky, red-bay, ex-grand prix horse and when I arrived at the barn where I took riding lessons one Sunday in April, I was ecstatic to discover that I would ride him that day. I practically skipped to his paddock and as I haltered him and gazed into his liquid brown eyes, his kind expression melted my heart.
I knew he would be a forever friend... View full article →
November 10, 2016

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"Lavish Your Soul" ~ Veteran's Day...a soldier's letter to his daughters

"It has been four months, eight days, several hours and countless minutes since I left you. I miss holding you in my arms and watching you grow up each day. I wanted to let you know that I am safe. I have brought a little of our memories together with me to keep me sane…. and have named each of my weapons after your favorite Power Puff Girls: Buttercup, Blossom & Bubbles. I know this is unusual, it helps me remember you are with me and that protecting you from the evil in this world is always on my mind..."

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November 04, 2016

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"My Dad" . . . by Karen Kasson

"I’m not sure when exactly, but Dad became a Christian sometime during my teen years.
He died on February 7, 2016 and now resides in Heaven with his Savior and the love of his life, my Mom. He left me the legacy of his writings and it is my desire to collect, sort, rewrite, edit, and produce those writings for others to read and enjoy ...." View full article →
October 08, 2016

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Meet Pumpkin! . . . a White Horse Youth Ranch-resident

As the early morning sunshine brushes boldly across the green landscape of White Horse Youth Ranch, ranch life awakens to a brand new day!
Pumpkin, one of our rescued & rehabilitated horses begins to Winnie as I approach the turnout. Her mouth starts to water, her nose begins to twitch in anticipation for hay and grains. This is a welcome site … just a few days ago our barn assistant, Phoebe, discovered Pumpkin lying down and rolling in the sand when her Turnout Crew was eating all their dinner.... View full article →
September 16, 2016

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Lavish Your Soul . . . "HOPE for Hope" by Briana Mackey

My sweet girl had become insecure and worried. In her young life, a lot of change had happened that she didn’t choose. There had been a lot of tumult and heartbreak. A child of divorce, Hope felt anxious and vulnerable. Her world had turned upside down, and the very funny and curious girl who once used to pull pranks and run with reckless abandon into every new environment, had become sullen and worried and drawn into herself. View full article →
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