Local Volunteer Supervisor
I’ve had a special place in my heart for Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch for over 20 years. My husband Greg and I met Kim and Troy in the early 90’s, and we’ve cherished their sweet friendship over the years. We’ve continued to pray for the Lord’s leading on their lives and, although we moved to Portland years ago, our bond has remained strong. We’ve watched the Ranch grow from an inspired idea to the vibrant ministry that it is today. Truly, the Lord has produced beauty from ashes for His purposes.
In the past year, a door was opened for us to move back to Bend. I’ve spent the past several years being the primary caregiver for my elderly parents (who both had Alzheimer’s disease) and they’re now in Heaven (dancing together, I’m sure!). Our two incredible daughters are grown, and Greg and I are now grandparents. I’ve entered a new season in my life and I’ve been prayerfully pursuing His direction. What I’ve learned through my most recent experiences is that we’re called to be thankful in ALL things and we always have the option to choose joy. I’m reminded of the writer Ann Voskamp who says, “Thanksgiving always precedes the miracle…and when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.” I’ve known for some time that the Lord was nudging me out of my comfort zone and onto a path that would give glory to Him.
Since the Ranch is always on my heart, I applied to join their volunteer program. In the process of working shoulder-to-shoulder with other volunteers, I felt such peace and fulfillment. By nature, I’m drawn to people. It’s become clear to me that fellowship and ministry can occur in the unlikeliest places…even while planting potatoes or pulling weeds. Sometimes especially then! Ministry is not a task, but a fluid event. It’s who we are, not simply what we do. I was invited to come on staff at Crystal Peaks, and I’m incredibly humbled to serve here. I’m blessed beyond measure to be surrounded by a team of true servants. Every time I walk up the driveway to the Ranch, I feel like I’m entering hallowed ground.
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