2015 at the Ranch

“I look back in wonder at the path which I alone could never have found, a wondrous path through despair to this point from which I too could transmit to mankind a reflection of Your rays.”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn 

IMG_04161Unlike nearly any other years in Youth Horizons’ history, 2015 has been a year of change and adjustment at the Kinloch Price Boys Ranch. Walking this long path though, we have seen and experienced God’s faithful provision.

At the beginning of the year, we had two homes on the Kinloch Price Boys Ranch property, and capacity for 14 residents. Now, at nearly the close of the year, we will soon have four homes and capacity for 32 residents.

The year started with fundraising for the expansion project reaching a crescendo. Construction was scheduled to begin Spring 2015 and we were praying that through the generosity of our supporters, we’d meet fundraising benchmarks in order to progress on schedule. By God’s grace, and your provision, the project proceeded as planned.

11012759_10152591099986991_8757154112057400508_oWe broke ground for the construction on March 13. Hutton Construction is carrying out the construction project.

At the end of April, our dear friend and co-laborer Paul Comegys passed away unexpectedly. He led the residential program for eight years. In mourning his loss, we have been reminded as an organization of the eternal value that comes in pouring out your life in service of the Lord.  His testimony and witness live on in the lives of the many people he touched.

In Paul’s absence, Brian Prahm – former lead house parent –assumed the role of residential director, and Josh and Jessie Furthmyer stepped into the role of house parent.

As the summer progressed, the boys participated in a number of activities, including Legacy Camp, an arts and music camp put on by a local church.  The boys stay busy with daily ranch life as well, caring for the goats, chickens and taking care of household chores.

This summer brought a new schoolteacher, Lee Owens, through our partnership with Valley Center School District. He’s become a valued member of ranch life.

New house constructionNearly two years of fundraising came to an end in September when we successfully met the requirements of the challenge grant issued by the Mabee Foundation and were awarded a $250,000 grant from that organization. With our $2 million goal completed, we are able to completely pay for the construction and furnishing of both new houses.

As we look down the road at the Kinloch Price Boys Ranch, we are reminded of the parable of the persistent widow,  “that they ought always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Much has been accomplished, much has happened this year, and there is much yet to be done. We can see though the faithful hand of God through it all and blessed to be able to continue walking this path with Him, and with you all.

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