During our 2nd week at New Life Ranch, we completed a variety of tasks in order to get the needs met for the camp. The chapel was being used this week, so the men worked on spray washing and staining the staff housing. I (Jeanette) masked up the windows, then began painting the doors inside the horse barn. Mark began mudding some drywall inside the staff housing, then helped me with painting. The other two ladies continued working on mending & altering curtains for housing throughout the ranch.
A major storm didn't keep us down, and through prayer and faith God would keep us safe, the tornadoes moved north and south of us. We were safe in the shelter watching the beautiful displays of lightning while the storm passed.
The rest of the pictures below are of the ranch itself and some of its beautiful amenities.
Now on to our last week here and to finish up some of the larger projects! :-)
** Thank you Burneall Ekberg for some of the photos..
Arrived at our first SOWER project in October, ready to work 3 weeks for New Life Ranch; a Christian horse camp that holds many activities throughout the year, including camps for youth, and retreats for adults. The ranch is absolutely gorgeous, with a LOT of amenities for visitors. That also means there is a LOT of work to be done, and they rely on their volunteers to fill the gaps.
For our first week, Bruce (our leader), took us on a bicycle tour through the camp and showed us what needed to be done. During the week, the men power sprayed, then stained the chapel. The ladies labeled merchandise, sanded & prepped a fence for painting, masked the areas the guys needed to stain, and sewed curtains.
As SOWERS, we planned a dinner night and game night during the week, and had a wonderful time. We have really been Blessed with this team, as we all have plant based diets and work and get along well. However, after a week of work, we are all ready for a relaxed weekend to recover. :-)
Stay Details: New Life Ranch; Colcord, OK
Notes: NLR holds summer camp, retreats and day camps for mostly youth, but also adults. They also hold leadership development conferences and horse camps. They have speakers, activities, chapel, and a lot of activities including horse back riding. As volunteers, we have a spot on the far side of camp in a private area beside the river. The horse fences are nearby, and the camp has provided us full hookups as well as a laundry barn next door.
I would highly recommend that if you live in the vicinity, this ranch is a GREAT place to send your kids, grandkids and hold retreats.
If you would like to volunteer, contact the camp directly. I'm sure they would love your help.
There has been a change in our schedule, and SOWERS has graciously let us switch projects to accommodate our needs.
We will now be working at OK-230 project which is in Colcord, OK at the New Life Ranch. We are very excited about working this project, and look forward to meeting and working with other SOWERS.
We are so very happy to announce that have been approved to work our first project in September as a SOWER. We have chosen a project in Massachusetts in that takes us near our sister Ruth in New Hampsire. The work required fits us perfectly (Carpentry, landscaping, maintenance, gardening, office); RV sites will be on the project site, and pets are accepted! We are VERY excited about serving our Lord and seeing what He has in store for us at Mission E4 (MA-486).
UPDATE: We are now on the waiting list to work at OK-230 for October instead. We are really hoping a GL signs up for the project as well. Our jobs will be similar to what is listed above, but will be held at the New Life Ranch.
When embarking on our new adventure, we desired to continue to be in ministry as we traveled. After much research and suggestion from friends, we decided to choose SOWERS Ministry (Servants On Wheels Ever Ready).
We submitted our paperwork, background checks and referrals on January 1st, 2021. Our phone interview was held on January 15th, and we were ecstatic to know that we were accepted into their ministry! After receiving an orientation and reading materials, we were well on our way to searching for our new project. May the Lord guide us in this decison and may He take us where He can use us to His Glory.. :-)