“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~
Over the past couple of weeks, my friend and I have been praying about an idea for a project that has recently come up. We have met with Tim (our Director) to discuss and brainstorm about it
The good news is that we have the go ahead! Tim has asked Ely and I to put together a horsemanship program for Wat Preah Yesu! It will be especially targeting at-risk young people, both from WPY, and from the surrounding villages. We believe that by working with horses, children can learn more about God, themselves, building healthy relationships, boundaries, body language, and gain some self-awareness, and self-confidence.
Studies have shown the therapeutic benefits of the horse to the human. They have assisted significantly in improving the lives of many: whether emotionally hurt, physically and mentally disabled, or someone who is stressed out and in need of a break. Horses are especially impacting the lives of thousands of troubled young people around the world today.
We already have here at WPY, a number of different programs that we involve the young people in to aid them in their spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical growth, but believe that this horsemanship program will also be beneficial in helping them grow into healthy, useful, whole citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.
We have put together three, 12 week courses that will run during the school terms, and during the holidays we will have horsemanship/riding camps. We hopefully will be able to work with at least 50 young people each year. We want this program to bring glory to God and lead more people into a growing relationship with Him. We have a small piece of the property in which to set up a couple of paddocks, riding areas, and a small stable. It is exiting to contemplate the possibilities of this program and all the people that will benefit from it.
So we have come up with a list of needs that we ask you to pray with us for…
- New teachers for the new school year
- New boys and girls dormitory deans for the new school year
- That God will continue to provide for the needs of the orphanage and school here at WPY
- Guidance, supplies and equipment for the horsemanship program
- That God’s will be done in all of this, and not our own
- That God will be glorified in our lives, here at WPY, and by this new project
- Also please remember to pray for all the persecuted people around the world – This week I’m thinking especially of Christians in Kenya and minority ethnic Muslims in Burma.
We will meet again with Tim next week after we have done a bit more research and gathered a bit more information that we need. I will keep you updated with the progress. I must confess that I am a little bit overjoyed, because when I came to serve in Cambodia, God asked me to give up my horse for Him. It was a difficult, but worthwhile choice to make, and I was sure that I would not, on this earth, have a chance to work with horses again, let alone use them to help other people! God is so good!
Thank you for your prayers.
May God’s blessings be upon you.