News from the Ranch


A Night with the Boys . . .

Thought you might like to read an excerpt from a shift report from our Clinical Director Josh Sarmiento:

Also  spoke to group for about 30 minutes.  Those kids need a father figure mentor, and role model. I am up for the challenge and that calling!   I will be trying to go and see them at least 2 times weekly before bed and give them some family time and meetings in the future.    XXXX talked to me for about 30 minutes.  He is afraid of the future and ask me ” will you be leaving me? I have had many workers that I open up to, and they leave me”  I told  him the only way I would leave him, if  if the Good man took me to be with Him, and that he should continue to make choices to enhance his relationship with staff and everyone here that is wanting to work with him. He wants to work, I think we need to see if he can get a job that will allow him to work more hours. ( “idle  mind & hands is/are the devils workshop”)   Hopefully he can pass his GED!

Spoke to XXXX for about 20  minutes and he gave me a hug on way out.

Spoke to XXXX as well they are excited about “wrastling”  ( : 

XXXXXX had a bit of a bump on the road tonight.  I came out of the room and he said Mr. Josh ” you want me to go into my room, I said ” yes”  He ask me to walk him into his room as he starts picking up clothes from floor.  I spoke to him and his brother, and then they asked me to pray for them in their room… tear!!  So I prayed that the peace that surpasses all understanding would fill that room. 

I would like to know where their game is on Saturday I would like to go. ( :  They invited me and I would like to cheer them on.

XXXX and XXXXX gave me forms  for wrestling that need filled out and they need 70 dollars each I believe to wrastle’ ( :

Hopefully it goes well. I think with more consistent counseling and groups along with prayer we can getter done!

Zach stated XXXXX was a bit scared tonight and he said he went by and  checked cottage to make sure coast was clear etc and all was well. 

Good night and God Bless! Thanks for allowing me to be a part of the team!

I leave you with a poem that inspires me whenever I have an opportunity to teach a child even in failure and mess ups; as I remember God can take my “mess-terdays and give me better tomorrows”.  I think when we answer this question in our own lives daily then we can be better able to answer the question and help  the little boy/little girl answer that question as well.   

Who will cry for the little boy?
By Antwone Fisher

who will cry for the little boy?
Lost and all alone.
Who will cry for the little boy?
Abandoned without his own?

Who will cry for the little boy?
He cried himself to sleep.
Who will cry for the little boy?
He never had for keeps.

Who will cry for the little boy?
He walked the burning sand
Who will cry for the little boy?
The boy inside the man.

Who will cry for the little boy?
Who knows well hurt and pain
Who will cry for the little boy?
He died again and again.

Who will cry for the little boy?
A good boy he tried to be
Who will cry for the little boy?
Who cries inside of me?

Hope Begins Here . . .

It has been a challenging and exciting transition.  The new administrative team at HOFYR has come together in a remarkable way. I have heard COGWM Director Tim Hill reiterate the potential of an Amos 9:13 Season, Living Life at the Speed of Favor. I believe we are experiencing such a season at HOFYR.  The bringing together of such an experienced and passionate team within only a few weeks has been truly amazing. We are blessed. 
We invite you to follow our continuing development of a ministry that is at the very heart of God and in the DNA of the Church of God. From the very beginning displaced and hurting children were taken in by ministry leaders.  They are mentioned in the earliest history and I have a diary from A.J. Tomlinson from 1906 that notes at least 12 orphans living in his home.  At the HOFYR we continue that tradition with excellence.  We invite you to partner with us as we continue to serve the children that are referred for our care.