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Rancho Santa Marta Update

The lovely, 450-acre ranch in the dusty rolling hills of the Baja Peninsula, Rancho Santa Marta serves the needs of 40-45 residential children and about 220 schoolchildren from the surrounding areas up to 60 miles away. Its staff of Directors, teachers, therapists, house parents, ranch hands, and others encourage, teach and build children, many with learning disabilities, into productive students who learn about the love of God in Jesus Christ. Don and I have been involved with this ministry for the past nine years.

I was especially touched by this month’s update and want to share it with you. The group pictured under “Building a High School” (“Menlo Park”) is the one of which we are a part. In addition to the building projects Don has led for the past years, it is a joy to see the ranch children grow from one year to the next, and to renew our friendships with them while there. Some children have limitations great enough that they will never leave the Ranch. Others will become productive members of society. All are loved and given hope for their futures.

Enjoy reading about Cynthia and the progress she has already made: and about Sam and Grant, two young men who have each given a year to minister as therapist and teacher respectively, to the children. If you feel led to be a part of the Ranch’s significant ministry, please contact them directly.

The needs are great; the challenges sometimes overwhelming; stress can be high, and staffing is always critical. I’m so thankful for men and women with a heart to serve these children. Click on the link, then click again to size the newsletter to read.

RSM July 2018

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Blessings to you!




  1. Karen O'Connor says:

    What a beautiful ministry. How wonderful that you and Don have contributed your time and love and skill for so many years.

    1. carolnl says:

      Thank you, Karen.

  2. Kathie Schultz says:

    I love what this ministry does for these children. Life is already more difficult for children with special needs and the unconditional love they receive here is priceless. Thank you Don and Carol for being so committed.

    1. carolnl says:

      Thanks, Kathie. You and Lester are such a support by caring for Paige and our home while we’re gone, and so you too are a significant part of our opportunity to go to the Ranch every year! Hope you had a marvelous time at the wedding in Alaska!

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