I just want to say anyone would loves this awsome couple! I had a privilege to be ther friends.... I also was Involved in a ministry down the road from them and the people they are also blessed my life at one time or anther financially, emotionally, and spiritually..... I can't say enough about them they rock for Jesus....... Another thing about them is they are GREAT PARENTS, I hope one day I can imitate ther way of parenting!!
This is a great program for the youth!! Love u guys!!
P's they're the best white folk south of the boarder. .....
As a parent I guess one could say I'm prejudiced and that would be true. From the very beginning I saw in Doug and Carrie; an awareness of a need, a burden, prayer, vision, passion, seeking and waiting upon the Lord....I've seen both Doug and Carrie grow, sacrificial living to obedience to what God wanted them to do. It has been a real testimony of faith as well as action.
With faithfulness to their call, hours spent developing curriculum, personal sacrifice, great demand from each other, as well as their two boys, I saw the positive fruits of their labors In many lives of young people who have been graduates of Ventana Ministries. The postiive fruits are students going back to their home churches as leaders and servants to their churches. Others who have gone on to college or other ministry service. I see hearts and action in care for others instead of selfish "For me attitude".
Yes, Doug and Carrie, you have reached the vision and goal the Lord laid on your lives because we see it in the lives of many of the graduates of Ventana.
Ventana absolutely changes lives. A non-profit to me should be measured by its overall impact on society and cultures. Ventana does exactly this. Providing ways for youth and young adult to be transformed and overcome their past while being launched into mind molding and influencing roles within cities and University campuses. The impact of Ventana (the people) touching people has created a multiplying effect on the results and power of this ministry. I was a student within Ventana's discipleship program in 2007-2008 and I don't know how I would be where I am today with having gone through the laughs, tears and fears that I came out on top of after Ventana. This Non-profit is not for the weak in heart. If you believe in the impact but don't want to jump in full time it encourage you to give, give money, time, give in someway what you have to improving and expanding the influence of Ventana. If you have the resources, desire etc. to be directly involved by giving a part of your life to this Non-Profit, you'll come out of it extremely sharpened and refined. I encourage you because the return on your investment is worth more than you know. Let Ventana be your extension to the frontline of this broken and needy world. Reach out today and find the need you can help fill.
Ventana was a unique experience that I would not have received anywhere else! Being a part of the program drastically changed how I view Christian ministry. It gave me a chance to practically apply what I was learning about God and how He wants His love to be shown to His children. My experience with Ventana was a spring-board to my willingness to yield to God's plan for me to go into ministry abroad.
Similar to what the other reviews have said, we are so blessed by Ventana Ministries. My husband was Carrie's Wood Shop teacher in Middle School, so we go WAY back. God has done incredible things in and through Carrie, Doug and their children. We take families to Porvenir for our annual family mission trip. They warmly welcome 2.5 year olds and even 56 year olds! They are so flexible, encouraging and professional, always with love and grace. Our experience in similar ministries for over 15 years helps us to review them with a different perspective than most. Ventana reminds us so much of our 'early days' in orphan care ministry. They truly go above and beyond! We look forward to watching God continue to work through them, and what the future holds for this precious family and their passion for ministry.
I have been in the Christian ministry for 50 years, as a pastor in local churches, missionary to Brazil and for the last 17 years in administration of a mission agency and now in international leadership training that presently has alumni in 106 countries. When Doug and Carrie began to sense a call for some direct action to help Christian young people truly discover what it meant to be a Christian in the bigger world I supported them. The need to help graduating seniors to establish a living faith was obvious and the vehicle of Ventana was a practical way to be encourage this to happen. Through their own experiences and vibrant Christian lives young people actually experienced being Christian in the real world and lives have been changed.
Ventana is a great ministry that changes lives. I have known several students that have participated in Ventana and it was life changing for them. They grew and matured in ways that they would no have by not being exposed to a cross culture experiemces.
Ventana Ministries offers the kind of program I wish had been around when I was a teenager. It helps kids grow up, understand a third-world culture, develop an attitude of service, and learn the practical side of living away from parents.
Ventana has been one of the most positive experiences in my life. I am constantly looking back to my time in the class of 2008-2009 and seeing how my life's trajectory has changed and morphed into a more Christ-like journey. I learned essential lessons about how God interacts with His people. I met the Holy Spirit during my nine months in this program and I realized for the first time the depth of God's overarching love for the world. It is a REAL experience. You don't just sit in a room with other Christians and talk about theories (though this is a part of the experience). You go out and live life with people from a different culture, with different opinions and outlooks. It is incredibly challenging and stretching and beneficial. You can't grow with out being challenged. You can' move forward if you aren't open to these new and foreign experiences. My worldview is expanded, my ideas formed in Sunday School have been examined and the truths have been pinpointed. i learned how to actually read my Bible, how to choose and get involved in church, how to determine what is Biblical doctrine and how to serve. I think that participating in Ventana was one of the best decisions of my life. It may not have been a cake walk, but I would do it over again in a heart beat. My cousin is doing it this year and she is having a similar reaction. Our experiences are very different, but both have the same result. i love Christ more because of my experience here.
Great ministry. I wish more students would grasp the ideals that make this ministry strong. They need to get out of their comfort zones, learn about other cultures, and gain their own religious values away from their parents. They need a worldview that is kingdom focused and not focused on just their family or country.