Today the barn is quiet. There are no horses in the arena and no children in sight. The only sound is the distant hum of a weed eater. It’s hard to imagine in just nine weeks the stables will be full of children, horses and laughter.
Summer Camp brings such sweet memories to mind. Each year I get the chance to witness many lives changed, many obstacles overcome and many children set free - free from the lies that they don’t matter, that they aren’t loved, that no one cares about them. I see kids’ eyes brighten as the weight of judgement and never measuring up to society’s standards, is left at the barn door. At Warm Beach Horse Camp they are accepted, they are loved, they are valued. Here they learn about God’s grace.
I love the way God uses horses to heal hearts and instill a sense of self-worth in the lives of His beloved children. In a horse’s eyes there is no judgement - it doesn’t matter where you come from, who your friends are, what clothes you wear, or what you have done in the past. A horse just wants to love and be loved. Last year a girl told me her horse loved her. I asked how she knew this and she told me with a huge grin on her face, “He licked my face, that’s how I know he loves me!” I could not help but smile. God used this simple action to let this girl know that she is loved, that she is valued.
I pray God will continue to use the Horsemanship Program at Warm Beach Camp this summer to soften hearts, change lives, and fill campers with the knowledge that they are loved.
Warm Beach Horsemanship Director
Information about the Warm Beach Horsemanship Program and Summer Camp registration can be found at www.WBCHorsemanship.com