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Ministry is the Connection Between Instructor and Student

About a year ago, a wonderful 85-year-old grandmother entered my life. She approached us with the interest of taking riding lessons after many years of being out of the saddle. Inez grew up with horses and even raised a horse from a foal to his last day on earth. Her daughter was involved in a local Pony Club and Inez had ridden until her kids moved on to adulthood. She deeply missed riding and the bond that comes with riding a horse. Moreover, she was unsure as to whether she could physically ride due to her age.

It was love at first sight when Inez walked into the arena to meet Peppy—a dark bay quarter horse mare in the Warm Beach Horsemanship herd. Inez rode her perfectly as if she had never stopped riding. I was blown away by how well she was riding—especially at 85! Inez soon joined my Adaptive Riding class on Mondays and soon I realized I gained more than another riding student.

What I love about working in ministry is the connection between Instructor and student, cultivated in a deep way. Inez sought out riding and coupled it with a connection with me by pouring into me with mentorship. Her participation in our program benefits her physically (increased movement), emotionally (relationally), and spiritually (ministering).

I look up to her, not only because I want to be riding at her age, but also because she does not let her faith be shaken. She encourages others to continue their growth and continues to see others as valuable and worth investing in. I feel uplifted by her compassion to love the next generation well. She  yearns to let those she is surrounded by know they are not alone in this unpredictable world. She affirms they are beautiful just the way God created them, they are heard, they have someone in their corner cheering them on! Inez does this for me; and I aspire to follow her example.

-Natalie Steilling, Therapeutic Riding Instructor/Program Assistant
Warm Beach Horsemanship

Permission to Rest is Granted

This morning, in my time with God by the morning fire, the message was simple and clear: You have been granted permission to rest. Yet, the real challenge for me, and perhaps you too, is to receive and take the rest that has been generously granted to you and me. Will you take a few minutes to reflect with me on what God has to say about different types of rest? Scripture • For the weary person carrying heavy burdens ...

Just a Hint of Heaven

In Mark 6:30, Jesus called His disciples to “come away and rest by yourselves.” It was an invitation to separate themselves from the work of the Kingdom, from the press of the crowds, and from daily cares. And best of all, they got to just be with Jesus. That’s what coming to Warm Beach Camp has felt like for me personally. It’s been an invitation to come away and spend time with Jesus. I have been attending family camps at ...

Words from the Heart

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. Romans 10:10 NLT The writer of the book of Romans is sharing words from his heart. He wants everyone to understand the way to be made right with God. He longs for everyone to be saved. Listen to what is being said: Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and ...