There are few words that are able to summarize my family. Their diverse interest and ventures create the eclectically wonderful family that I was raised with. Although, two words that immediately come to mind to those who know us are: entrepreneur and philanthropic. Below is a letter, written by my cousin-in-law, that was sent out to loved ones. My cousin, Natashia and her husband James have committed their lives to helping where they are equipped to. They are an inspirational couple and have the heart of a servant. To. The. Core. I hope that this letter inspires you, in some way.
Dear Family and Friends,
Greetings! I pray this letter finds you
and your family well. For those of you who may not know, I retired from
Radiology in 2010. Natashia and I now work for a non-profit Christian
children’s home called Joy Ranch located in the beautiful mountains of
Virginia. Natashia and I are house parents for the teenage girls. God
is truly blessing our time here. We have been working and helping train
these young people in how to be Christ like and how to consider the
needs and feelings of others.
One way in which I feel we are being
blessed, is that we are being given the opportunity to take these
children on a missions trip to the mountains of New York to help
rebuild homes and businesses for those hit by the high winds, mud
slides, and flood waters from hurricane Irene. They are still
rebuilding as we all go on with our lives. This is an opportunity to
help our children, here at the Ranch, put into practice the need and
desire to serve and give to others in need.
We will be leaving on
July 7th and returning on the 16th. This is going to be such a great
opportunity for me and for these kids to be a part of something life
altering, not only for those whose lives we may impact but also for our
This trip provides an opportunity to meet the physical
and spiritual needs of a community that is desperately in need. More
than anything, I would value your prayers for our team and those whose
lives will be touched by God through us. I believe that God answers
prayers, and I’m asking you to pray for safety, good health, smooth
travel, and financial support. Just knowing that you will be praying
will give me peace as we go into an unfamiliar place.
This trip is
being funded entirely through donations and by those going on this
mission trip. Every penny collected will be giving our children the
chance to serve others and directly benefit the people in Prattsville,
New York. I am seeking your support and prayers for this mission trip.
Beyond your prayers, if you are led to join me by financially
supporting this mission, I would be grateful. Our group needs to raise
just over $3,000 to cover the basic cost of the trip. We will have to
be creative to raise the money, and I want to extend an invitation to
you to participate. This is a journey that God has called me to and I
would greatly appreciate any level of support you are able to offer. If
you decide to support financially, your gift will be tax deductible.
Make checks and money orders payable to Joy Ranch Children’s home. Just
include my name somewhere so bookkeeping can keep up with the details.
All funds that may be raised above the total needed will help someone
else attend, or will buy supplies for the storm victims.
Again, I really hope things are going well for you. I’d love to hear an
update on what’s going on in your life if you have the time. I will
definitely be praying for you. Thanks so much for taking the time to
read this letter, and if you have any questions, please let me know.
Take care, and I hope to hear from you soon!
Ps: Joy Ranch is a Christian Children’s home that operates primarily
from gifts and donations. Prayerfully consider becoming a regular
supporter of the Ranch as well. Their address: 813 Joy Ranch Rd.
Woodlawn, VA 24381