Ranch Life

By Kim Meeder

Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch has a New Inspirational Video.

Several months ago, we announced that the Ranch was working hard on a new production, something that would encourage every viewer, near and far, toward the hope of Jesus Christ.  It’s been our desire to share through video—worldwide—the work the Lord continues to pour through this ranch . . . and ANY heart that genuinely turns to Him.

After a full year in the making, we’re thrilled to announce that this ministry tool has been completed!

Throughout the last 20 years of Crystal Peaks journey, the Truth of God’s Word has reigned in our mission: we have no hope to offer the kids and families who come . . . other than the one true hope found in Christ alone.

Although spoken through the framework of ‘life on the ranch,’ this project carries an inspiring message of hope and redemption. Please join us in sharing this visual expression of hope with ANYONE who needs encouragement.

To order the DVD click here.

We ask that you would join us in prayer over this DVD. It’s our desire that this project find its way into every broken heart searching for TRUTH.  Thank you so much for shouldering with us by sharing this moving and powerful message of HOPE.

Special thanks to Benjamin Edwards, Tiffany Lausen and Paul Powers for all the hard work they put into this production. Please note, the identity of some children have been concealed for their protection. No horses were injured in the creation of this film.

By Judy Jeffery

Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch is pleased to inform everyone that Focus on the Family will re-air an interview featuring Kim Meeder’s third book, “Blind Hope”.  This interview, “Unconditional Love: Lessons Learned From My Canine Friend” is scheduled to air Friday, December 26, 2014.

“Blind Hope, An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued” was released back in 2010.  Kim’s Blind Hope interview with Focus on the Family became one of the top five shows for that year.

On this scheduled airdate, the streaming audio of this broadcast will appear on Focus on the Family’s broadcast page. To view this page, click here.

To find a station that will carry the program in your area, click here.

After the airdate passes, the program can be accessed for 31 days on the “Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast” webpage. To view this page, click here. 

In addition, a downloadable podcast will be available on iTunes (just search for Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast).

If you or someone you know may be struggling in the often hopeless places of life, please tune in for this interview.  During the Christmas season when many are seeking answers and meaning, this is one encouraging way to find the TRUE source of Genuine HOPE, Jesus Christ.

“Blind Hope” and other books written by Troy and Kim Meeder can be found on Crystal Peaks online store. Click here to start shopping!


By Katherine Teague

Since its birth, the journey of the ranch has been one of dependency on the Lord. Each year the story continues to unfold as the Lord carries forth His gracious work in and through us. Everything Crystal Peaks stands for has come from God’s merciful guidance—and we are so thankful for each challenge and victory He has used to shape us and keep us clinging fast to His Truth.

Seven years ago, we created our first promotional video to share the heart of Crystal Peaks as intimately as possible with those who could not come here in person. SO MUCH has happened since. New horses, new people, new clinics, new property—the never ending story of the hope that can only come from Jesus Christ continues. And we are thrilled to announce that this year we have been working with a few extremely talented local artists, Benjamin Edwards (Benjamin Edwards Photography), Tiffany Lausen (Red Owl Photography), and Paul Powers (White Knuckle Studios) to produce a brand new promotional video!

The video will include footage of our programs, interviews with Troy and Kim, staff, volunteers and ranch families. But more than just sharing stories and scenes, our desire through this endeavor is to share the Hope of Christ.

Our story is not our own—the Lord is the author of every detail. Redemption, rescue, renewal—these are the things our Savior is about. Through CPYR’s journey these last 20 years, His Truth has reigned in our mission: we have no hope to offer the families and kids who come other than true hope that can be found in Christ alone.

The release date for our new promotional video is set for January 2015. Look for an announcement to come with further details, and join us in sharing this beautiful true story of redemption and hope.

We are excited to announce that we have added eight new products to our online store that we want to share with you.  These items, as well as our other fun gifts, can all be found in the Last Chance Trading Post today. It’s our desire that these new items will become a meaningful gift to someone you love.

Click on one of the products below to view further information as well as a ‘Buy Now’ option. Order by December 18th and receive your gift in time for Christmas!

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Lightweight Hoodie

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Wide Mouth Mug – Sandstone

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Hope in Rope

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Youth Girl and Horse T-Shirt – Blue

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Youth Girl and Horse T-Shirt – Pink

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Redemption Story Bracelet – Bronze

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Field Bag – Khaki Green

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Field Bag – Java


By Judy Jeffery

On Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm, Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch welcomed a new baby foal to the herd. Our beloved ‘Shamis’ gave birth to a sorrel colored colt!  Ranch founders, Kim and Troy Meeder witnessed the delivery and captured the event on video.  They wish to share it with you.  You may view this precious gift from the Lord by clicking play on the video below. Please understand that the video is slightly graphic in nature, so be advised if you have little ones in the room.

Also, be watching for the sweet story behind this little colt’s name in the winter issue of “Around the Fire”.

By Katie Jacobsen

Earlier in the summer, Mutual of Omaha contacted Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch to inquire about possibly participating in their ‘Aha Moment’ Campaign.  For the last five years, producers of the campaign have taken their Airstream mobile film studio on the road.  So far, twenty cities across our nation have been visited, capturing inspirational and life changing ‘Aha moment’s’.

When the tour came to Bend, Oregon, two of our staff members, Brad and Rachel Shultz were delighted to share their ‘Aha moment.’  Karina Bonn, mother of four children who have been participating in our session program for many years also shared her story.  Each were asked, “What ‘causes’ fuel your passion and how has that pursuit changed your life?”  Their short video clips can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Click here to watch – Brad & Rachel Shultz

Click here to watch – Karina Bonn

By Judy Jeffery

By God’s design, recently Kim Meeder accepted several speaking engagements on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. In a span of sixteen days, she spoke fifteen messages of hope. Woven throughout this tapestry of ministry were many threads of pure redemption. One such redemptive moment came when Kim joined with Danny Yamashiro, host of The Good Life Hawaii radio show. Together throughout the interview Danny and Kim weave the beauty and blessing in suffering with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

If you need the hope of Jesus Christ or encouragement by the Word of God, please tune in to this powerful interview.

Click here to hear this conversation in its entirety.


The 2014 Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch Calendar has arrived and is available for order!

It is with great joy that we offer this free gift to you.  Our prayer is that this calendar will connect our hearts, as well as offer hope and encouragement to you throughout the coming year.

To order today click here.

Merry Christmas from your CPYR family!


By Katherine Teague

When not at the ranch, Kim aRed Owl Photography 2013-120731-32nd Troy are often traveling the country speaking at conferences, schools, churches and other ranches.  Ultimately, through each venue, they are able to share what is core to Crystal Peaks’ mission: the hope of Jesus Christ.  Last week, Kim had the unique opportunity to spend time in Kentucky, speaking and interacting with students at Asbury College, as well as The Providence School (a local alternative middle and high school) in Jessamine County.  The Lord was powerfully at work.

Below is a link to an article written for Central Kentucky News.  We encourage you to read it to learn more details about Kim’s visit and the incredible impact it had on students, teachers and community members. Kim’s message addressed what characterizes all of humankind: everyone is searching for hope—even if they do not know it. That hope—as she shared from her own life experience—can only be found in its fullest fruition in Jesus Christ.  The message landed on soft, tilled ground. We praise God for what He’s doing in Kentucky and pray for His continued movement in and redemption of hearts and lives.

Click here to read the full article.

By Katherine Teague

Around the ranch it’s no Katie Jacobsen Photography -131126-7secret that our staff LOVES coffee.

When you live in the Northwest, it’s hard not to—there’s a drive-through coffee hut on nearly every corner. To celebrate each trip together, the first stop we make after piling into our vehicles is literally ten minutes down the road—all good things begin with a great cup of coffee.

Needless to say, we’re over-the-top excited to announce that Crystal Peaks now carries its very own “Bronc-n-Brew.” Made possible by Fundroast, this coffee comes from the best shade grown, sustainably harvested beans in the world. They are hand selected and meticulously roasted by Fundroast Coffee, right here in Bend, Oregon. And, much to our liking, these beans brew an extraordinarily full-bodied and complex coffee. Fundroast works hard to ensure the integrity of the entire process from farm, to worker, to you and the good causes you support.

Fundroast is a company that partners with organizations like Crystal Peaks.  Its goal is to help raise funds, establish community and build awareness by using the finest coffee beans in the world. Who knew you could do so much good just by drinking coffee?!

Bronc-n-Brew makes an incredible gift for anyone who appreciates great coffee.  And our hope is that these fellow coffee lovers will gain even more satisfaction in knowing that a portion of the proceeds of every bag sold goes to support CPYR’s ministry—allowing us to further reach families, kids and horses in need.

From your Northwest family of coffee consumers here at the ranch . . . enjoy! Click here to view this product on our online store!


Photography By: Katie Jacobsen