I am a live in missionary and have been serving for 4 years at the Phoenix Dream Center. I specialize in trauma, abuse, sex trafficking, exploitation and I am the Director of Women's Development which oversees the leadership that gives care to the clients the Dream Center serves. When I met Bob and Vanessa they welcomed me onto their property and allowed me to come out and rest and regroup. Rancho Milagro became my reset and the horses a healthy emotional release. When you see the things I've seen and walked with the clients I have walked with you can't help but to absorb and to take on some of their stuff. Being with the horses and out at the ranch has become a neccesary part of my routine. Rancho Milagro gives me the refreshing I need to help me better serve the people in my life. It is very important to take time out for self care when providing care for others. May that be in ministry, in the work force, social services, or any other setting. Rancho Milagro had been key in teaching me that and I hope I can be an echo that continues reteaching and encouraging others to take time out, reset and rest. The people you serve and love depend on it.
Growing up I was born into a very abusive family. At age of 6 I was being sexually abused by my father and by the age of 11 I was sex trafficked out of our home. This went on until the age of 18 when I was able to get away. All the abuse laid the foundation for my unhealthy coping skills. When I first got to Rancho Milagro I was very scared had no confidence. I was going through the motions of everyday life. After being out on the ranch I have learned new coping skills. Through the horses I have learned what it means to be confident. In the beginning I was scared and unsure of the horses. Now I ride horses bareback and with no hands. Through the horses I now know what it means to be free. Rancho Milagro has become my safe place where I can come be who I am and I know there will be open arms.
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I came to Rancho Milagro in the hopes of improving my riding skills. Although the ranch is not a riding school, Vanessa (CEO/Founder) agreed to show me a few things. During our trail rides, we would talk about the mission of the ranch. I gradually started volunteering and became more and more familiar with equine therapy and the ministry of the ranch. I've done everything from mucking stalls to receiving equine sessions in the round pen. I am now caring for the the horses, planning events and creating new programs. As a survivor myself, I find comfort in being surrounded by not only other survivors, but these wonderful beasts called horses that exist in the utmost pristine manner that God created them. I encourage anyone struggling with deep issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc., to stop by the ranch and just hang out. We can feed the horses, brew some coffee, walk the property with the dogs and discuss a plan for success. It's a safe and comfortable place to hang your hat and speak openly without fear of judgement. We take our Christian principles/values seriously and you can trust that Rancho Milagro is a safe respite from a world that isn't always so kind. Please do not wonder whether or not you will qualify or fit into one of our programs. We may actually create one just for you!
This was the beginning of an awesome day at Rancho Milagro. So much happened! What was really amazing is how the horses and the dogs all worked together to accomplish the eternal effect. The Lord was using the animals to reveal His heart and His design for wholeness and renewal! What a wonderful concept.
Lilies of the Valley