Since I was twelve years old I have always dreamed of having a place such as Hope Remains. Now, many years later, my dream is coming true, as Hope Remains Youth Ranch opens its doors to a hurting world. Let me ask you something, do you have something that really sets you off; makes you mad; breaks your heart? These feelings are what Bill Hybels, in his book calls a persons “holy discontent.” Something you find unacceptable and stirs within you a powerful passion to stand up and make a difference. My Holy Discontent is watching hurting children and youth destroy their lives. As a schoolteacher I have witnessed the results of struggling families; abuse; neglect; gang related activities; and drug induced environments. I have heard children and teens cry out for help by such actions of attempt of suicide; crime related and gang related activities; and getting kicked out of or dropping out of school. As the world of politics, education, entertainment and other parts of the world gets more off track, we have 2 choices: condemn it or influence it! We need to become LIGHT to those that are hurting! We must offer hope. Proverbs 13:12 says, “hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.” Is there hope? Yes, there is hope and it can be found through Jesus Christ at Hope Remains Youth Ranch. Hope Remains restores hope so that the hearts of those that are hurting can heal.
Hope Remains logo is symbolic of the crown Jesus wore - a crown of thorns covered in blood, Jesus blood. Such a symbol of Christ love and hope for us can be found in the words of the song,
“Where Joy and Sorrow Meet”
There is a place of quiet stillness where the hurting and the hopeless see everlasting peace. It is a place the lost surrender and the weary will retreat, full of grace and mercy tender in times of unbelief. For the wounded there is healing; strength is given to the weak. Broken hearts find love redeeming where joy and sorrow meet. There is a place where the roots of faith grow deep. Where there is hope in desperation and there is victory in defeat, at the cross of restoration, where joy and sorrow meet. There is a place where hope remains in crowns of thorns and crimson stains, and tears that fall on Jesus’ feet where joy and sorrow meet.
Our main goal at Hope Remains is to provide a place where children and youth can turn their weaknesses into strengths (Hebrews 11:34); their lives from crime to Christ and their sorrows into joy. “We are called to defend the poor and the orphans; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute; rescue the poor and helpless; and deliver them from the grasp of evil.” (Psalm 82:3-4). Do you know of someone who is hurting? If so, contact Hope Remains.
Pray about how you can help meet the needs of those that Hope Remains serves. Thank you for your interest and love for hurting children and youth. May the Lord bless you!
In His Palm,
Melanie Watt, MEd
Founder & Executive Director
Hope Remains Youth Ranch