Our first event at Borona Manor (low income apartment complex in North Salinas) was a success with 200-250 kids attending, plus many parents. What a great crowd! Valentine visited with the kids, had pictures taken with the kids, and we had crafts, food, balloons, games, and more! A great time for all! If you can support our upcoming once-a-month program at Boronda Manor, we'd appreciate it. There are so many great kids there who could use the Hope on Hooves!
Many new opportunities are opening up to serve and reach kids with Hope on Hooves, especially in the most gang-impacted areas of North Salinas. We are SO EXCITED for the New Year and seeing what will unfold as we seeking to love our community and our most at-risk kids with horses, hope, and abandon!
Every year we do a Haunted Trail event the weekend before Halloween at the charity ranch I run. We do it because in our lives, and in the lives of our guests (disadvantaged kids from all over the city), there are many things to fear. There’s a lot of failure. The trail begins with a sign from the book of Job that reads, “The thing that I fear comes upon me…” (Job 3:25, ESV). It ends with a sign saying “Who will rescue me from this … death?” (Romans 7:24, NIV). The final sign points to a huge wooden cross. Unlike some, we don’t choose to ignore Halloween. We choose to transform it. Often life is like a haunted trail. The thing we fear comes upon us. Death comes, cobwebs invade, evil scratches at the corners of our lives trying to defeat us. Sometimes we have a child flirting with death and nothing we do helps. Sometimes we have a financial, health, relational, marital, spiritual crisis and all we can see are bones and scary glowing eyes along the path of our lives. Sometimes we fail. Sometimes we fear. And that’s the trail we walk. But the trail doesn’t end with a graveyard. It doesn’t end with a skeletal horse and rider. It ends with the cross. It ends with hope. And sometimes, you just have to keep walking. You just have to dare to hope again, believe again. You have to hold to the wisps of faith you have and be honest about the faith you lack. So, the question is: Do you dare to try again? Ask again? Hope again? Do you dare to be honest about the war within?
Our 2nd Annual Haunted Trail Outreach & Fundraiser is coming up! Your choices: 1) SPONSOR a kid from East Salinas for $20/kid. These kids live in the center of gang territory and live with violence every day. Give them a ticket to fun, joy, and s'mores around the campfire! (These kids will come Saturday night before Halloween.) 2) SPONSOR a foster kid for $20/kid. Same deal as above. (If sponsored, I'm hoping to get these kids to come the Friday night before Halloween.) 3) PURCHASE tickets for yourself and your family for $20/person. Purchased ticket-holders will come Sunday night before Halloween, Oct. 29th, 6-8:30pm. Please help us make this event a source and hope and amazing wonder for kids. The ones that were sponsored last year are STILL talking about the event and how much it meant to them. YOU can make a real difference in the lives of kids who need it the most!