Who We Are
Aly Hinkle

Aly Hinkle

Session Instructor

Springfield, MO

I've always had a passion for horses and for rescue. I had a feeling since middle school that God was preparing me to enter ministry in some aspect. Driving home from school one day, I heard Kim interviewing on Focus on the Family radio station and was blown away that God had called the Meeders to use horses in ministry. I immediately burned with a desire to pursue my own ranch in the future, and have followed CPYR closely ever since. After college, I felt the Holy Spirit prodding me to apply for the internship with Crystal Peaks, and was accepted! During my first year at the ranch the Lord taught me so much. There were a lot of challenges but as I continued trust my Father and let Him refine me, I quickly saw the rapid growth in my walk with God as He drew me into deeper intimacy. After my internship, I strongly felt the Holy Spirit was preparing me to come back on staff the following year. I am so humbled and excited to work at a place that the Lord lovingly placed in my heart in middle school!

It's such a blessing to work with the staff, families, and volunteers every day. I love seeing how our good Lord works in the tiny details of everyday life to show everyone more of Himself and more of His heart for us. I’m amazed at how big He can move with small acts of obedience! We don't have to be people who have it all together or who never fail. He refines and equips us daily. I love getting to live in that freedom and share it with others. Also, as a horse-crazy girl, spending time with all of our horses doesn't hurt either.... 

What is your favorite coffee drink?

It really depends on the season. If it's cold, I LOVE salted mochas (with whip cream, of course). If it's warm, I enjoy an iced mocha chai or iced caramel macchiato!

What is one life lesson you have learned from working with a kid in a session?

I remember one session where I wasn't sure what was best for the kid I was with. In that moment of uncertainty I asked Jesus to show me what to do and I quickly heard, "Just be present." That was it. I quickly relaxed and knew for that session, I didn't have to have sage words or have the most fun session on earth. My kid just needed to feel seen and valued. The life lesson was that in uncertainties all we need is to seek what the Spirit is telling us, because His understanding and wisdom far surpasses ours!

What is one of the craziest or most fun things you have done on the Ranch or with the Ranch on a trip?

I LOVED the 2019 coast trip where we spent hours playing black mamba on the pool table in our rental house. It was so fun seeing more of the staff's goofy and competitive sides.

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