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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Religion

Mission: Beautiful Brokenness is a non-denominational, 501(c)3 organization which exists to communicate the rescue, redemption, and reconciliation of man by God. Beautiful Brokenness incorporates rescued horses as a tangible metaphor of The Shepherd's heart and desire for relationship. Beautiful Brokenness is committed to demonstrating and teaching the believer’s vital union and utter dependence upon Jesus ~ the only source of Life.

Target demographics: Women and youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 adults, 100 youth.

Geographic areas served: Beautiful Brokenness provides a contemporary Shepherd/sheep metaphor for youth and women.

Programs: Retreats, demonstrations, mentoring, leadership training, and online classes.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Beautiful Brokenness offers a life and heart changing picture of the Good Shepherd. I have witnessed several of Katy's events and am always amazed by the connection, trust and love she and Scooter share. The ability to see my Heavenly Father in the same way, to see His heart for me - his sheep, is life changing. Your heart and life cannot remain the same after experiencing Beautiful Brokenness.

Comments ( 1 )

KatyPistole Thank you, SusieAshland! I love that you can see Him. It's all about Him - right?

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going through Beautiful Brokenness has taught me so much about who God is and who I am in Christ. It has brought me freedom from things I didn't even know I needed to be freed from. I am extremely grateful

Board Member

Rating: 5

I fall into various categories at Beautiful Brokenness Ministries - board member and instructional advisor are two, but awed, changed and grateful are the ones that are immeasurable.

There aren't enough stars to fully rate Beautiful Brokenness Ministries. I love how Katy uses rescued horses in a compassionate, non-judgmental arena to explain human responses to various conditions. Whether her participants are restoring health or building leadership skills, Katy’s prey-predator model provides instant visual clarity that makes perfect sense to all ages. Her method is simple. She listens to our beliefs and offers alternative points of view that are easy to adopt and apply. All along the way, she returns us to her once-distressed prey animals, her horses, to demonstrate how revitalization and redemption lead to harmonious relationships – partnerships, really. You can see Katy’s Love and Life in her most recent book Jubilee and her dance with Scooter in the video on her website. I thoroughly enjoy her workshops and clinics, too. Her guidance resonates within me and beyond, and I see precisely the same radiating effects in other participants. Each of us expresses the same sentiment about our transformative experience, “It’s inexplicable!” It’s as if Katy steers with God’s reins.

God bless you Katy. ~ Can’t wait to join you in the round pen!
Heidi

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Katy is a gifted counselor. She listens to understand, reiterates to acknowledge Truth, and responds in way that provides clarity and relief. Katy simplifies confusion. I would not be whole without her. She leaves me full of Life every time we gather.

lnslydic

Client Served

Rating: 5

The abundant life is not experienced very much in our Christian culture. We, as Christians, know we should have joy and live in God's abundance, but making it happen is an altogether different story! I earnestly sought that abundant life, but instead struggled for 20 years with the crippling effects of clinical depression (8 of those years being treatment-resistant due to Lyme disease). 1 year later, my son committed suicide and then 6 months after that I found out my Mom (and best friend) would die within the same year. I share that because I had gotten to the point of giving up hoping for anything to change. YET God, through Katy and the ministry of Beautiful Brokenness, has taught me how to apply the Truth of God's Word so that I am now able to truly experience the abundant life God promised! Beautiful Brokenness is a transformational, life-changing ministry that I highly recommend!!!

Richard K.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first met Katy Pistole and Beautiful Brokenness Ministries when I brought Friends from my Lake of the Woods Church's RISE Ministry to handicapped and disabled adults out to her farm near Mineral, VA. Katy was so tender with our handicapped, showing them that they could enjoy being around a horse, then touch them, them pet them and brush their hair and then lead them around the round pen. They even got the horse White Star to step up on a platform. They were thrilled. Each one of them hugged White Star at one time or another and another and another. It was beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes. I'm attaching a photo of Raymond leading White Star in the Round Pen. Our RISE Friends and I have been back twice already and will be returning this October. I am so moved by this ministry I am volunteering time every week and I am now on the Board. It is a privilege to be a part of this ministry.

Elaine-P

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've participated in Beautiful Brokenness Ministries in several capacities over the years as a student, participant, and volunteer. Retreats, events, and lessons have changed my life. Katy Pistole, the director and founder, is the best teacher ever and has helped me to further understand my true worth as a beloved child of God, and the peace and freedom that comes with relying on Him. Although I am an older adult, I am aware that her lessons with girls are unique and eye opening for them as they learn about their true worth, and gain confidence and leadership skills. I wish I had Beautiful Brokenness as a young girl! How valuable those lessons are for girls! Much Pain can be prevented, and much joy realized, if those girls put the lessons learned to use, in choosing better life partners! I know of no other ministry that so beautifully demonstrates God's love for us. Many treasure the experience of seeing Katy's dance with her rescued horse Scooter. It is the sweetest metaphor for how God loves us and invites us to dance with him. His love for us is not dependent on our "performance" or behavior, but is always there for us no matter what, providing freedom, comfort, and answers. And if we do choose to dance with Him (as Scooter will dance with Katy), there is nothing more beautiful and satisfying. As I spent time at Beautiful Brokenness, I couldn't help but gain a clearer sense of the sweetness of God's embrace. Katy is wholly ("holy"...pun intended) qualified as a Reverend, author, speaker, counselor, and teacher. I can't say enough about Beautiful Brokenness!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Beautiful Brokenness is a one of a kind, very special ministry. I've witnessed that everyone who gets to know Katy, sees the Christ-likeness in her. Her closeness to our Father is inspiring, and has inspired me to deepen my relationship with Him. Her teachings have gently brought me healing. Her words of truth have broken the lies I've been believing about myself, thus, my life has changed. She and her precious, rescued horse, Scooter, beautifully touch my heart, when I see the way Katy invites Scooter to dance, the way God loves us and invites us to dance. (When Katy rescued Scooter he was completely untouchable and untrusting.) To see the tangible example of an abused, untrusting being, be called by Love to dance, and then dancing with Love, is deeply moving. I saw myself as beautiful Scooter, and wanted to dance more with my Father. Katy presents truth to me in a way that makes it practical to put into practice, whatever the situation. You don't have to be a horse person to experience healing through her retreats and demonstrations, etc.. In my experience with Beautiful Brokenness, I've always seen Katy serve God with total humility and people with compassion. She knows what you need, because she obeys the Father's voice within, to provide it. I wish everyone could experience Beautiful Brokenness on a personal level! Katy's latest book: JUBILEE THE LOVE STORY is fantastic, and I can't wait to read it again soon, when it becomes available!

Shanna M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beautiful Brokenness is a wonderful, God sent ministry. Katy is very gifted and spirit lead in the way she interacted with both people and horses. My daughter and I have been blessed tremendously through her natural horsemanship program. Not only are we learning how to better communicate with our horses but also good life and leadership skills.

Mianna H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Katy Pistole has opened her heart and spirit and the fruit has been Beautiful Brokenness. I have watched this ministry grow from infancy and I am so proud of Katy and everyone invloved. Beautiful Brokenness is, was and will always be the most remarkable example of the Love of Christ and the beautiful expression of Grace.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Katy's love for the lord and her tender heart for others permeate her messages of hope and reconciliation with God. She is a gifted author, speaker and touches many lives with her work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a blessing Katy has been in my life! Her teaching is so applicable to my daily walk with Jesus, and I love the way she uses her relationships with her horses to teach the truths of God's love for us!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Katy has a unique way of impacting people with the Father's heart for us through her stories. When I read The Sonrise Farm Series and when I read Jubilee I just had to get used to the idea that I would have a hard time stopping at any decent time to go to bed!
This ministry reaches people through a variety of creative ways, all with a pristine message and clear communication. And besides all that, she is a wonderful person who lives what she leads.
I support this ministry because she reaches people in such a relational way out of her own beautiful brokenness with a heart who lives from Jesus.
Penny McAdams
Shepherd's Call

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beautiful Brokenness has been such a possitive influence on my life! Katy's messages that she shares through her amazing horses is inspiring and incredible. I only hope many more people can become touched by Katy through her one of a kind ministry.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Katy, and Beautiful Brokenness Ministry has been lifehanging! My time with Katy is always so insightful, empowering and inspiring! I am so thankful for Katy and her horses and her message!

1 Ginger Zeringue D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When a terminal diagnosis came for the baby I carried, everything I felt that I knew about God came into question. A few weeks before my due date I attended a Beautiful Brokenness retreat and my eyes opened to the beautiful gift of seeing God for who he was, rather than with faulty beliefs as I had before. This tragedy and retreat experience allowed me to begin to truly know my Father. I will forever be grateful for the blessing of Katy and Scooter, her ministry, and God’s hand in showing me who he is through such a beautiful experience!

Mary Ecklund P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing demonstration of how much God loves us and cares for us and how it’s hard for us as his children to understand the grace He offers us. We may beat ourselves up and tell ourselves we aren’t worthy, but God shouts love to us and joyfully tells us through his Word that we are redeemed! Just like Katy redeemed Scooter, God redeemed us - already done! We don’t have to do anything! Believe and receive his grace! I loved learning these concepts through Katy’s Beautiful Brokenness ministry. She has a calling from God and He is honoring her work. Amen!!

1 Mary M.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so blessed to have met Katy and Scooter. Her ability to make me see God and what we should be doing (two eyes on Our Father at all times) is so amazing. I get it! In all the years i have had horses, never have i put my relationship with God is such a understandable light. Katy is so patient, well spoken and genuine you can see the anointing God has over her. Thank you Katy and Scooter for helping me through a very difficult journey and seeing myself and my Father on my level. ❤️❤️

Misti B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This ministry has touched my heart and life and the lives of countless others. The picture of the rescuing love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ love is awe inspiring and captivating. Katie and Scooter show how that love can look when our brokenness meets his mercy and amazing grace. We are afforded a ring side seat to see our Great God move and make a message from a mess. It's a mesmerizing exercise in faith rescuing the broken. I am forever grateful for her obedience and willingness to listen with his heart and ears. She is knowledgeable and Spirit-filled and on an anointed journey of ministry.

Donor

Rating: 5

Katie listens to the words of her clients and also their hearts. She is gifted in the ability to respond in love and truth in a unique way. I've become a donor because I have attended her women's events and have been encouraged and see who I am in Christ with more clarity and joy. I have had much sadness in my life... and like Scooter, find it hard to trust. When Katie invites Scooter to come close to her so she can get on his back, I know it is the same with my God. He motions to me... so I can get on His back. Katie doesn't "control" nor "force" her horses... she enjoys them for who they are. And that is also how God sees me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've learned so much about Natural Horsemanship through this ministry, and it has really improved my relationship with my little mare, Remy. But the spiritual truths I've experienced in a new way are even more important. I'm a visual learner: through the ministry of Beautiful Brokenness, I've not only learned about Scriptural truths and principles - I've seen them. I've seen the relationship God desires to have with each of His children illustrated through Scooter's relationship with Katy. I've seen the Lord's vast love and tender care for me represented through Katy's affection and care for Scooter. I've learned leadership and relational skills and principles.

Every time I left after spending time with Katy and the horses from Beautiful Brokenness, I had received a new nugget of truth, word of wisdom, or powerful illustration to mull over, meditate on, or ponder. As I told my mom soon after I got involved with the ministry: "Every time Katy opens her mouth, some incredible truth comes out!" God has truly gifted Katy with the ability to recognize and communicate such amazing parallels between our relationships with our horses and His relationship with us.

The ministry's core message of identity - who we are to and in Christ, and who He is to and through us - is so relevant and is sorely needed by today's girls, who are being fed so many lies by our culture! They desperately need the falsehoods they've been believing, about God and themselves, to be broken down by Truth! And when truth is communicated in such a unique way, using those beautiful, majestic creatures that almost all girls are magnetically drawn to, it is doubly effective and can soften even the hardest of hearts.

God has used Beautiful Brokenness to deepen my understanding of and relationship with Him, and I'm excited to see the ministry continue to grow and expand so that it can touch even more lives!

Donor

Rating: 5

Katy and her horse, Scooter are the epitome of trust. It amazes me how they work and understand each other by touch.
Katy is such a gentle person in character and knowledgable in God's love and forgiveness.
It has been a blessing to know Katy and her work.