In 2014, my soon-to-be-wife Lynn told me about CPYR. When I saw the video of the Ranch, I told her, “Sign me up. When do we go?” A year later, we were married in Montana. Crystal Peaks would come up periodically in conversation when we received the newsletter. We even talked about coming to the Ranch for an Information Clinic to see what it was all about.
In May of 2017, the place we lived in Montana was in the process of being sold and we started praying and seeking God’s direction for where we were to go. Lynn is from Kansas and we were seriously considering moving to Kansas to be close to family.
Through a series of events, it became obvious that God was not leading us back to Kansas, but rather to Oregon, and, quite specifically, Crystal Peaks. We applied for long-term volunteering and waited to see what God had in store. We didn’t know any of the details. What we did know was that we were to say “Yes” to wherever He was leading regardless of what we knew. We didn’t need to know the details and we didn’t need to know the plan. We just needed to know Him and to follow Him.
I am learning that if I daily seek to know Him, I don’t need to know anything else. It is as simple as that. When I know Him, I am able to trust Him and follow Him where He leads. James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (NIV).
Our long-term application to volunteer was approved, so we loaded up our horses, dogs, and a few of our belongings and drove to Oregon. When we arrived, it was amazing how God provided housing, boarding for our horses, and everything we needed to step out in faith and come to the Ranch and serve. Several months later I was invited to come on staff at the Ranch.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Relationship. My heart is to disciple young men, to walk alongside them as they mature in the Lord, to help them avoid the pitfalls that I ran into when I had no one there to disciple me and guide me. Simply put, Jesus is all that matters. Right now, right here. Tomorrow has enough troubles of its own. Yesterday is gone. But TODAY is all you have. If I can please my God for one day, and hear Him say “Well done” that night, then I don’t need tomorrow. That’s enough for me!
I love the day to day Ranch chores. Feeding, fixing fences, and pulling weeds - lots of them! I am pretty certain that is God’s way of keeping me busy! There are always weeds to pull and I have lots of time with my Father. He speaks in those quiet times and, if I will listen, I will hear His voice. Psalm 46:10 says, “’Be still, and know that I am God.’”
What do you love about Central Oregon?
It’s a lot like Montana, except not as cold. I love the Cascade Mountains. I have no words. I never tire of looking at them, and I thank God for such a beautiful place to work.
What is your favorite coffee drink?
Hot and black with a touch of Montana honey! There’s nothing better than good coffee cooked over a camp fire with Dutch oven biscuits! Throw in pancakes, fresh eggs, and bacon over the camp fire and you’ve got yourself a fine morning!