Bend: Running Free

After a long day of working with kids, the horses were given a special treat. Keri encouraged the staff to let the horses in the upper corral to be released into the large arena to run free. This was an amazing sight and experience. They were not tethered to anyone or anything, just able to […]

Bend: Respect

The horses at the ranch are not worked in the traditional cowboy style but more so in the horse whisperer approach. Recognizing that horses are deeply sensitive and these horses in particular have already suffered extensively, the ranch works with them in a respectful and gentle manner. They use a flag to visually signal to […]

Bend: Invitation

I am noticing this topic comes up often in my blogs relating to play. I believe there is such an importance in that invitation to play that it is the foundation to the quality of play that happens. At the ranch they take great care to allow the horses and the children to choose the […]

Bend: At the Intersection of Miracles

The intersection of these three groupings (worthless property, disposable horses, and forgotten children), blended with love, provides healing on so many levels. It truly is an amazing equation. It is not one that is haphazardly thrown together but with great intention and bathed in prayer. It is not always guarantee for healing. The numbers of […]

Bend: The Forgotten Children

The stories of Kim also reflect stories of children that are equally as inconceivable to comprehend. How could anyone hurt a child that way? How could a child survive such loss/tragedy? These are children who have been forgotten, ignored, or so injured that indeed it was forgotten they were children, not objects for the expression […]

Friday Features, August 12, 2011

As Announced in Friday Features, August 12, 2011 Documentary film screening: Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa To coincide with Pastor Dee’s summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a 40-minute documentary highlighting the extremes trekkers experience while attempting to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro will be shown after worship on August 21st, 10:45 a.m. in the Starry Nights Theater. […]

Bend: The Disposable Horses

I read Kim’s first book, Hope Rising, on the plane heading to Oregon. (This book is on the reading list and I highly recommend it.) I found myself wowed, awed, and in tears on many occasions. The stories of each of these horses and children touch deeply into our souls with the inconceivableness of their […]

Bend: The Worthless Property

Kim and Troy purchased the Ranch when it was viewed as useless cider dirt and rock property and transformed it over the years and through a lot of hard work and dedication into an amazing facility. They had a God given vision of what this property could be and held many jobs to subsidize the […]

Bend: Open to the Moment

The staff were intentional and always willing to take time to discuss history, answer questions, provide information, and all the while seeing each person they came into contact with as a person of value and worth. If it was devoting a couple of hours to talk with us, taking us on a tour, or just […]

Bend: Welcome to the Ranch

Crystal Peaks Ranch is owned by Kim and Troy Meeder. They have several staff and a multitude of amazing volunteers. The moment your boot steps onto the ranch, there is a warm greeting and a hospitable extension from staff and horses alike. It is a bright, happy, beautiful ranch with surprises tucked away in every […]