I first heard about Crystal Peaks when I was 12 years old, listening to Kim speak on the Focus on the Family broadcast. When I turned off the radio, I told my mom emphatically, “THAT’S what I am supposed to do with my life!” From that moment on, I knew God was calling me to work with kids and horses.
Over the next 10 years, I prayed diligently for Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, its staff and kids. I also asked, according to His will, if He would consider sending me out to help in ministry there at the ranch. In 2014, it seemed like doors were opening wide for my dream to do ministry through horses at my house. However, personal health problems brought everything to a sudden, screeching halt.
During this time, I met Troy at a speaking event in Missouri and he invited me to come spend time volunteering at the Ranch. A few months later, I arrived at Crystal Peaks. During my time volunteering, I knew God was calling me back to serve my Jesus - and His kids and horses - in this place. In the high desert environment, Jesus also healed my body. I returned home from my trip only long enough to prepare to move to Oregon.
The doors God closed earlier that year only drove me closer to the greater plan He had for me. He answered all my prayers. Today I get to do what I love most: to worship and honor my King through caring for His horses and the people He brings up our driveway.
Any interesting facts about you?
As a child, I met with my friends to talk them into opening a rescue facility for horses and kids with me when we grew up – I even helped them decide what they should choose for college majors to prepare them for the ranch job positions they would hold!
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love to get to know Jesus more and more each day and worship Him in all I do. It’s amazing to see rescued, fearful horses… and people… transform and be redeemed by the power of His love. Every day is an adventure of redemption. Walking with my Redeemer and being a part of His love is my favorite part of what I do.
What is something that you are passionate about doing outside of Crystal Peaks?
Music - I can spend hours playing piano or plucking the strings of my guitar. I also love to paint!