Message from our Founder & Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Since I was twelve years old I have always dreamed of having a place such as Hope Remains. Now, many years later, my dream has come true, as Hope Remains Ranch opened 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 person’s “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 adults destroy their lives. As a school teacher, 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 as 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. 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’s blood. Such a symbol of Christ’s love and hope for us can be found in the words of the song,

“Where Joy And Sorrow Meet”

There’s a place of quiet stillness ‘tween the light and shadows reach
Where the hurting and the hopeless seek everlasting peace
Words of men and songs of angels whisper comfort bittersweet
Mending grief and life eternal 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

There’s 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’s a place of thirst and hunger where the roots of faith grow deep
And there is rain and rolling thunder when the road is rough and steep
There is hope in desperation there is victory in defeat
At the cross of restoration where joy and sorrow meet

Our main goal at Hope Remains is to provide a place where children and adults can turn their weaknesses into strengths (Hebrews 11:34); their lives from pain or 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, their families and adults. May the Lord bless you!

In His Palm,

Melanie Watt, MEd

Founder & Executive Director
Hope Remains Ranch