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July 6, 2013

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July 6, 2013

A little over two years ago our blended family of 8 was completely turned upside down and we were unsure of what to do. The only thing we did know is that we had two children that were abused in ways that we never even thought possible by another family member. We were at a complete loss and had turned to our church family for guidance. We could feel the prayers and love from them but still felt so very lost and confused. Then one day while at church I ran into Monique and John Black on the stairs and for some reason I felt compelled to share our story with Monique. Just a couple of weeks later Monique came to me and said that they wanted our daughter to be one of their first children at the ranch. The funny thing is at the time I knew that Monique had a horse but I wasn't even sure as to what you do with a horse and kids and how that could even help them. But at this point something made me tell her what had happened and I was willing to try anything. Finally it was time to start at Mercy Springs Ranch (still no clue what that really meant) but here we go. Day one at the ranch I have no idea what is about to happen, my daughter she was afraid but was such a trooper. So we went over the ranch rules and off her and Monique went and before I knew it she was cleaning horse poop and laughing. So I thought okay this could be good now if I could get her to do chores at home we would be in business. Next they began to gather brushes and other things that I was not even going to ask what it was and they began to talk and do things with a big beautiful horse named ladyhawke. Little did I know what an impact one horse could have on a young lady let alone my entire family. As I am writing this with tears in my eyes remembering back to this first day of my daughter getting on that horse and the feeling of the emotions that came from nowhere. I finally got to see my daughter feel free, like she could never be hurt again. She was flying...no really she was. It was amazing! After this day I loved coming to the ranch all the time, still not sure of all that was going to happen but I loved being there. My daughter loved it! Sessions had to come to end due to weather but we were so excited to start again. I spent a lot of time reading about Mercy Springs Ranch and learning what the ranch was really about. I have to admit I thought I knew exactly what to expect, boy was I wrong. We started the next sessions and then more sessions with two of our other daughters before you knew it the entire family was at the ranch. I can't tell you one story because their are countless stories of healing, confidence, strength, love, compassion, faith, truth, learning, joy, peace and so much more that we all experienced during our time at the ranch. God has moved in amazing ways thru all of us and continues to do so. We can not express just how much Mercy Springs Ranch, John and Monique Black, other leaders and of coarse Ladyhawke herself mean to our family. Thank you all for all that you do for our family and other families. We love you guys so much.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 6, 2013

This is a report my 13 year old daughter wrote regarding MSR. I am so thankful for the work that Mrs Black has done in my daughters life.


My Journey; SO FAR


I have read many books, watched many movies and talked to lots of people about horses
because I love horses. So, when I was approached about the opportunity to work at Mercy Spring Ranch I was excited, because I would now get to test the theories I had learned. Mrs. Black would be actually teaching me what the words in the books meant. Mrs. Black has brought my books to life. She has corrected the image of the perfect girl-wearing perfect cowboy clothes-riding the perfect horse to what it really looks like…dirty! She has brought it down to earth, made me understand how it all really looks and how much work it really takes. I am so thankful for the opportunity to pull my hair back in a ponytail and get dirty. I am thankful instead of dreaming about riding through books, Don’t get me wrong reading horse books are interesting and enjoyable BUT riding an actual horse is exhilarating.
Mrs. Black is my horse back ridding teacher. There are many qualities I enjoy learning from her. One, she is not afraid to get her hands dirty. Her nails are not perfectly manicured and she is not always saying “I can’t my nails”. Second I like her devotion to children’s ministry. She does not use the excuse of not having children to avoid serving. Third and my favorite: she donates time every week to work with me. She donates her time, knowledge and humor so that I might grow. Another part of what she does for me’ she answers my thousands of questions. (I am my mothers daughter) So thankful for a woman like Mrs. Black.
What I have learned from my time at M.S.R. and Mrs. Black can be summed up in one sentence… wait on God!. That seems to be the theme that runs through this ministry. They also not only wait but they do it with graciousness. Some examples: I waited for years to take horse lessons with the right teacher, of course.(we are a home schooling one income family…we could not afford it), MSR had grown to the point that it needed another horse and they waited and GOD blessed them with one they already had a relationship with. Today, they are still waiting for a piece of land to call their own. This wait is probably the hardest but I know from watching them already God is going to provide…as my youngest brother put it…”God answers prayers just in his own opinion”
Now ,what this means to mean can be summed up in three areas.. Putting into practice is always more fun than just dreaming in books. I am thankful for a godly woman who is willing to sacrifice time for me and last but not least… I am learning to trust and wait on God. Wow, who knew a horse could teach so much.

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How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

December 31, 2012

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December 31, 2012

Through a horse at Mercy Spring Ranch our daughters life has been changed. We are forever grateful for what this non-profit, it's owners and trainers have done for our girl. I HIGHLY recommend supporting Mercy Spring Ranch.

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Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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