Welcome to the HIS Ranch website!
EMPOWERING CHILDREN WITH HOPE, THROUGH THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST,
BY LEARNING, WORKING AND PLAYING TOGETHER
2011 Annual Fall Fundraiser is Saturday, October 29 from noon - 3pm!!
HIS Ranch is a ministry that was laid on our hearts by God to make a difference in a hurting world. As the word "ranch" implies, we offer horseback riding lessons free of charge to children who choose to take advantage of this service. We will also offer many other activities such as fishing, gardening, wood-working and perhaps a variety of others as we grow and develop. Our focus is for those who are at a disadvantage because of the circumstances of life, but we are available to all children -any age - or adults too, as the need arises.
OUR HISTORY -In the fall of 2004, my wife Susan and I started asking God if we could be doing more to serve Him. We also asked if He would show us His direction for our lives in serving Him. In the spring of 2005 our prayers were answered in a very real way. As my daughter read a story to me from the book Hope Rising by Kim Meeder, I cried out to God in my heart, asking "Why is there so much pain in this world?" God's answer was clear. "That's the way it is, but this is what I want you to do. Start a ranch like Crystal Peaks." I wept as the reality of the moment sank in. I then shared the idea with my dear wife and we started to plan. Our family and friends have been very supportive and it has been very faith-building to see our Great God open doors and work through His people to make HIS Ranch a reality.
Founders: Shannon & Susan Haerr
We have been privileged to serve approximately 850 children to date. We currently partner with Transitions of Western Illinois, Quincy YMCA, Marion Co. Dept. for the Developmentally Disabled-Silver and Gold Camp, Quincy Christian School and Quincy Area Home School Group as well as a large number of individuals attending for private lessons. If you are aware of children or families that could benefit from our facility, please send them our way!
To visit our blog, you can find us at www.hisranchblog.blogspot.com