January - June 2019
Mid-June 2019 On June 8th, Jen got a phone call from a lady who had heard about Risen Ridge Ministry, had a horse she wanted to donate, and thought he would be a great match, especially for people with PTSD and veterans. After speaking with her at length, we decided to go and take a look at her horse. On June 12th, Chris, Jen, and two friends made the hour-long trip to go meet Joanne and Socks. It all seemed too good to be true, Socks is definitely a wonderful horse and will be an excellent ministry partner. After holding an official vote with the board of directors, we brought Socks home the very next day! Not only did they donate a horse, but they donated a whole bunch of tack and equipment! You can read more of the story in the blog.
6/1/19 Risen Ridge Ministry held its second workday. We had an amazing team come out to help and everything on our to-do list was accomplished! We had such a blessed day! Check out the video :-)
5/11/19 Risen Ridge Ministry took a little road trip to Farmville, Virginia, to visit our friends at Glory Reins Ranch. We had a blessed time and learned a lot! They even made an awesome video of our day and took lots of pictures.
5/4/19 Risen Ridge had its first work day! It was a great success and a lot of fun!
4/28/19 Chris and Jen were invited to share the exciting news about a location for Risen Ridge with their home church, Greenmonte Fellowship. It was so wonderful to share the joy of God's blessing with people who have been on this journey with us since the beginning.
3/28/2019 We received a very generous blessing of horse equipment! I've written about it here. The gift includes: 2 plastic pitchforks, metal pitchfork, large metal shovel, lunge line, lunge whip, crop, 2 bitless bridles, 1 leather bridle, assorted brushes, 2 buckets, 3 buckets that hook to a fence, grazing muzzle, fly mask, 2 saddles, a bareback pad, 3 girths, 2 galvanized trash cans, a saddle pad, and 2 helmets. The stairs are 5 steps with a 4’x4’ platform at the top. In loving memory of Grits and Cooley, we want to thank God for His timing and faithfulness and Tom and Barb Mayfield for their blessing.
2 Corinthians 9:8
8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
3/22/2019 It's official, WE HAVE A LOCATION!!!!! You can read the whole blog post here, but the short version is that a member of our community saw the In the Draft article and contacted us! This family has a huge heart for ministry and has truly hoped that their property would be used for ministry in some way. We will be using their horse facilities while they continue to live on the property. We have about 7 acres of pasture, a 5 stall barn with a tack room and a hayloft, and a riding arena!!! I can't express how thankful I am to God! He has been putting puzzle pieces into place for years for us to be able to utilize this property.
2/27/2019 We have a super informative, local facebook page called, In the Draft. After contacting the author, she agreed to meet with me and Chris to learn about Risen Ridge Ministry. Each week she features someone local as her In the Draft Person of the Week. She decided to feature us and wrote a great piece about the ministry and our family. You can read the article here!
2/14/2019 With the nonprofit filing complete, we feel like the Lord has given us the green light to begin promoting Risen Ridge Ministry in our community. We have created a flyer to share that briefly explains the vision of RRM, what a horse ministry is, what RRM is doing, and what our current needs are. Please feel free to print it or email me for a copy.
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2/14/2019 Great news! We have sent the paperwork to the IRS to become a recognized nonprofit organization! This step has been a couple of years in the making and we are thrilled to move past this step. Now we pray and wait. It can take anywhere from 3 - 9 months for approval, however, once we are approved, we can provide a tax receipt all the way back to August of 2018 when we were incorporated with the state of Virginia.