The sermon at my church recently was about the phrase in the Bible, "Come and see." The point of the sermon was that the phrase was only used when "see" really meant "know."
"Come and look," according to the speaker's study of the Bible, meant "Come and draw your own conclusions." But "see," was used when the conclusion was not up for debate. For instance, in John 11:34 in response to Jesus asking to see Lazarus as he lay, unarguably, dead.
So, I started thinking about what that means to our work with the children who come to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Do we "look" at them, or do we "see" them?
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is grounded in Christ and dedicated to presence. I know we aren't perfect, but I think that means we work hard to "see" the children. We meet them where they are at, emotionally and behaviorally. We know they have endured much, but what they have endured does not define who they are. Their behaviors may "look" like they are hopeless, but we "see" the hope that lies within them.
At Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, we know each child is precious, because we "see" Christ within each one.
Please keep our kids and staff in your prayers.
In His love,
Joy Ryan, President/CEO
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
Hope is a very powerful thing. For kids at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, hope can mean the difference between successful treatment and giving up on life. You can provide hope for our kids. Your message will let a boy or girl know that someone cares and wants them to succeed. It's easy to do and takes just a few minutes! Send a message of hope to a child at the Ranch by clicking on the link above.
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