Newsletter

Growing Together

Dear Friend,

Experiencing God’s Gift of Friendship

One of the joys of serving at Rancho 3M is witnessing how God works in the lives of His children.  Last summer, I shared in a newsletter that Leydi (pronounced Lady) put her faith in Christ and immediately began telling the Good News to her brother.  I’d like to give you a follow-up story of what the Lord has been doing in her life. She is pictured above on the right.

Since Leydi surrendered her life to Jesus, she has been growing by leaps and bounds!  Her joyful attitude and willingness to serve in any way she can has been contagious and has been a good influence on the other kids.  She has been a particular blessing to Perla (pictured on left), who became a Christian about two years ago, but her spiritual growth has been slow, largely due the trauma she’s experienced in her broken family.

Perla and Leydi have recently become best friends.  If you know Perla, you know that she has a alternately sweet and salty personality (a survival method common to children from hard places to keep people at an emotionally “safe” distance) that has made it hard for her to make lasting friendships since she was a little girl.  Leydi’s sweet, patient, and dependable character has made her the ideal confidant and sister figure for Perla.  We have witnessed the grace of God in Leydi as she has been full of encouraging words to build up Perla as they serve around Rancho 3M together.  This has greatly helped Perla in her spiritual growth, and we’ve never seen her so happy.  God knew just what she needed, and He graciously provided a true friend for her.   It is such a blessing to us as

Leydi has not only been a blessing to Perla, but also to the other children. Through her sweet and Christ-like behavior, Leydi has become one of the kids’ favorites.  Before Valentine’s Day we wrapped a big box and put a slot in it for all the kids and staff to insert special notes and candy for each other. We needed one of the older kids to be responsible for carrying it around every day that week. All the kids voted, and they elected Leydi!

Experiencing God’s Provision

Leydi has needed glasses for some time, but since her weekdays are full with school and orchestra practice (she’s learning the violin), we were unable to get her to the eye doctor for a while.  But God knew what she needed and took care of the scheduling conflicts. One day when the kids arrived in Juarez for orchestra practice (an hour away from Rancho 3M), they found out it was canceled except for those who were in the choir.  Everyone else had to wait several hours until they finished.  This was the Lord’s doing.  We now had the perfect window of time to bring her in for an eye exam!

Thanks to faithful supporters like you, we were able to buy her a nice pair of glasses.  For almost 50 years God has provided for the needs of children like Leydi and Perla. Thank you for allowing God to use you to care for so many at-risk and orphaned children. May God bless you!

By His Grace,

Dean Adamek, E.D. Rancho 3M

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Discipling the Next Generation

Wow – so much has happened since last month that I hardly know where to begin. Therefore, I will focus on something very important to us – discipleship.

While of course we strive to raise all our children in the Lord, we have a particular burden for the discipleship of our youth.  Since our church service has to be simple enough for the littlest of our kids to understand, we have to intentionally find ways to give our teenagers the deeper material they need.  Our older kids have walked through some really tough circumstances and have a deeper understanding of their own situations than our little ones, and so they especially need to be rooted in sound doctrine and a relationship with the Lord.  

TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

A lot of our discipleship happens through formal times of teaching.  They just finished taking the “Alpha Course”, which covers the essentials of the Christian faith.  It was taught by a pastor from a church in Juarez, who each week addressed an important question like “Who is Jesus?” and “How can we have faith?”.  They also recently participated in a group Bible study along with our staff, led by a visiting pastor. Ironically, the topic was the book of Revelation – quite a step up from the Alpha Course!   Despite the “deepness” of the material, they were quite enthralled!  We are always encouraged to watch them digest new truths from God’s Word and ask good (and sometimes really hard!) questions.  

DAY-TO-DAY DISCIPLESHIP

In addition to classes and such, we also disciple our youth by giving them opportunities to serve – alongside us whenever possible.  We are always delighted to see our children and staff living out (sometimes quite unintentionally) the mandate of Deuteronomy 11:19, “Teach them [God’s words] to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”.  Some of our deepest conversations occur when we involve our youth in daily, one-on-one activities like cooking, preparing for a party, working on a car, tending the animals, making a grocery run, organizing a closet, gardening, etc.  Spending time with our youth in these mundane activities builds a trusting relationship through which the Gospel can be shared effectively.

LEARNING GIVING

This Christmas we did something a little different.  We wanted to show our teenagers empathy for others and the joy of giving instead of getting.  So, we contacted a pastor (who grew up at Ranch 3M) who pastors a church in a low-income area of Juarez.  He provided us with the names and ages of all the children in the church, and our kids put together personalized gifts to bless them.  We explained to our youth that some of these children would not have ordinarily received anything for Christmas – something they understood very acutely.  Our kids also prepared delicious tamales and a special Mexican drink to share with them.  It was so good for our kids to see how much work and preparation goes into serving others.  They enthusiastically served the tamales and drinks with the Juarez church; and then they had the joy of being able to hand out the gifts to an excited group of children.  There was a sweet mentally-handicapped girl there who seemed to be the happiest of all.

The biggest lesson I think they learned is what the Lord Jesus Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).  I am confident that this is something you have also experienced as you have blessed the children of Rancho 3M with your time, prayers, energy and giving.  Thank you for being an example to our kids!  May your joy continue to abound!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek

Execcutive Director, Rancho 3M

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Janeth’s Story

Dear Friend,

A Work in  Progress

Thank you for partnering with us to rescue, care for, train up and disciple at-risk and orphaned children.   Each of our children has a unique and often heart-wrenching story, and each are in need of the healing touch of Jesus Christ.

I’d like to share one of those stories with you.  If you’ve been to Rancho 3M in the past six years you’ve probably met Janeth, who arrived at the Ranch as a little girl, and has since blossomed into an gentle and kind young woman whose father is the King of Kings.  We’ve asked her to share her story with you.  I hope it encourages you as it does us – all too often we don’t get to see the end of our children’s stories so when we do see the fruition of God’s work in our children’s hearts, it makes all the hard work, prayer and sacrifice worth it.  Unfortunately for the sake of space, I will have to summarize some of it.  It’s still a bit lengthy, but her story is well worth reading.

Janeth’s Story

Janeth’s father died when she was six years old, which was a devastating loss to her and the family.  Her mother, who was already mentally challenged, turned to alcohol and wandering the streets.  After years of instability and problems, her mother finally brought Janeth (age 9) and her older brother Julio Cesar (age 11 and also mentally challenged) to live at Rancho 3M.

Adapting to life at Rancho 3M was not a problem for Janeth because her two aunts, Tita and Norma (who due to her mental handicap is still here with us), already lived here for about 20 years, and she used to visit them.  Several people in Janeth’s family were born with mental disorders, so it amazes us to see how normal and intelligent Janeth turned out.

Janeth describes arriving at Rancho 3M, “The Ranch is a very beautiful place and full of blessings from God, but I did not believe that when I first arrived here …”

As with many of our children, Janeth struggled with bitterness towards her mom for not being able to care for her and her brother.  But God was working on her heart, day after day, year after year.  In her own words,  “My heart changed so much; I realized that God was with me all the time and that many people, who love God more than anything, gave and continue to give so many blessings to the Ranch without receiving anything in return… They saw we were missing the love of a family and having them near us every day.  They glorified God.  Through them, we were able to see this great and wonderful God.  Now, I know about God, and I know Him as my Father and Savior.  After living at the Ranch for six years, I realize that God has great plans for me.  I am very grateful that He opened my eyes to realize how wrong I was towards my family, and especially my mom.”

She tells of a staff couple who became her spiritual parents and made her feel a part of their family.  There is also an American couple who have a real heart for her as well.  Learning what it was to be loved and wanted unconditionally like this was a tremendous part of her healing and forgiving her biological family.  She says, “They loved me, and continue to, when I felt the most abandoned by my family – when my mom went years without seeing me or caring about me.”   Her mom lives five minutes away.

“But I came to know God, who showed me what it is to really forgive.  Now I am getting along very well with my mom and my family – I am not even bitter towards them.”   They even occasionally visit her and attend our church services.  Norma recently gave them a Bible.

“I give thanks to the true God, to the Ranch, and to those people who support me day after day – who really are there when I need them – for everything they do for me.  I am also very grateful because five months ago I had the opportunity to celebrate my Quinceañera  (a huge15th birthday ceremony and celebration) with the people who are dear to me… And now I have made the decision to get baptized because I feel that this is what God wants me to do, just like I feel that God wanted me to share how He changed my life and to share how my love for the Ranch continues to grow.

My life is still a work in progress by God, but a verse that helps me greatly is  Psalm 27:10, “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in.”   It is my verse of hope and the one that I like the most because of what it has caused within me.”

Praise God for all he has done in Janeth’s life and in the lives of so many children here at Rancho 3M!

This ministry would not be able to keep going without faithful and generous friends like you.  Thank you!

By His Grace,

Dean Adamek

Executive Director, Rancho 3M

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R3M Joins the Orchestra!

Dear Friends,

Expanding their horizons

Something sobering we have learned from living in Mexico these twenty years, is that there are not nearly as many opportunities in life as there are in the U.S.  Therefore, besides an emphasis on discipleship, we are giving our children opportunities to learn practical life skills such as construction, retail, and agriculture.  These skills help equip them break the chains of poverty they have come from.

Recently, an opportunity for some of our kids to learn a new life skill became a reality – MUSIC.  There is a large orchestra (over 400 children), that meets at the church we attend in Juarez, called “Esperanza Azteca”.  It is one of the top orchestras in the entire country of Mexico and it is run by a strong Christian from that church.  Some of the graduates from this program have gone on to universities with scholarships because of their musical achievements through this orchestra.

By the kindness of God, sixteen of our kids were able to join!  The younger ones are in the choir, and the youth are learning music theory and different instruments: the violin, viola, cello, clarinet, oboe, and French horn.  We were told that one of the best things they will learn is discipline.  Because of this increase in discipline, students in the orchestra often improve in their academics, as well as in their good behavior – which we have already noticed!

The Challenge

But often, great opportunities come with a great cost.  The orchestra meets five days a week for several hours each day. After school, our children leave Rancho 3M at 3:00 and return at 8:00 pm.  As much as we love having them in the orchestra, the time and the cost have been a real stretch for us.  Our goal is to relieve our already busy staff and hire someone to drive the kids each evening.  Between a driver, tuition, and all the other costs involved, we’re looking at a minimum of $720 per month.

As the year comes to a close, would you please consider contributing to this ministry?  As we continue to grow, we could really use your help!  Thank you!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek

Executive Director

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New Library!

R3M LIBRARY

For some time, we have wanted to develop a library for our children to promote a love of reading and learning.  We believe that reading is a crucial element of giving our children a well-rounded education and opening their horizons.  But most importantly, we want our children to be able to read of Christ’s saving work in the Bible, and come to know Him as their Lord and Savior.

In light of this, we have put together a Library Wish List at Amazon of wholesome, inspiring books that we believe would make a positive difference in the lives of our children.

If you would, please prayerfully consider if the Lord would have you order a book or two for our little ones.

This list will continue to be updated, so if this is something the Lord has laid on your heart please check back again.  Also, once a book is purchased it will automatically be removed from the list so that there are no duplicate purchases.  Book donations can be sent to us at:

Rancho 3M
8001 Morely Dr.
El Paso, TX 79925

If you have any questions or children’s book suggestions, please contact us.

Thank you all for your consideration and also for your continued support and prayers!

By His grace,
Dean Adamek, Executive Director

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The Lord has been working in the Bible Reading Program!

HIS WORD WILL NOT RETURN VOID

Being a part of God’s work together with you is so exciting!  THANK YOU for your gifts and prayers!  As we mentioned in a previous newsletter, we have been reading through the Bible with the children, one book at a time, starting with the gospels.  After each book we reward the kids with a special treat that they vote on (so far this year we have had a pizza party and an afternoon of water games!).  We are now in the book of Luke.  I should not have been surprised by this, but the Lord began moving in the hearts of the children and opening their minds to understand the Scriptures.

One little girl (pictured above with the ice cream bar), who comes from a rough background, kept asking us when she could be baptized.  We explained to her that she needed to first repent of her sins and put her trust in Jesus.  One recent afternoon she came to our house to do just that.  After a sweet time of reading through the Scriptures together, my son and I prayed with her to receive Christ as her Savior!  What a joy!  I was actually amazed by her level of understanding of the Gospel.

When my wife walked her to the kids’ kitchen for dinner, another girl, Leidy, asked how she could also be saved.  Leidy is 12 years old and fairly new to the Ranch (pictured below in orange, sitting with Norma).  God has given her a very tender heart towards Him.  Leidy came over after dinner and my wife spoke with her about what the Bible declares of God, our sin, Jesus, and our response.  After Leidy read many Scriptures about this, she prayed for God’s forgiveness and put her faith in Christ!  What an awesome day that was!  The seeds of God’s Word are being planted in the children’s hearts daily, and it is a sheer joy to see some of them sprouting up.  Days like that keep us encouraged through the many difficult days that come in between.

A SISTER’S HEART

Later that week, a team of visitors brought the entire Ranch out for a fun evening of ice cream in the park.  The little kids enjoyed the play equipment while the older kids had an intense game of basketball.  I would love to have half their energy!  Leidy was sitting on the cement bleachers with her younger brother, Carlos, with a sad look on her face.  She said that she tried to explain the Gospel to him, but he didn’t want anything to do with her God.  My wife tried to encourage her to continue to love him and to begin praying for him.  In spite of Leidy’s discouragement, we were encouraged to remember that the Gospel work does not stop with each child we reach – we pray that the Gospel would have a ripple effect going from our children, to their families, to their country and to the unreached until Christ’s return.

How You can Help:

  • Please join us in praying for Carlos and the other children who do not yet trust in the Lord.
  • Please pray for the spiritual growth of these two precious girls who just got saved, and for all the children as they hear God’s Word, that they would understand it, put their faith in Jesus and be doers of the Word and not hearers only.
  • Please pray for the newly elected president of Mexico, particularly how his policies will effect Child Protective Services and Mexico’s at-risk children.
  • Please pray that the Lord would raise up more individuals to financially support the ministry taking place at the Ranch.
  • Please prayerfully consider if the Lord is calling YOU to partner with us financially to support the work the Lord is doing here.

Thank you all for your continued love and support – we are so thankful to the Lord for you!!!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek

Executive Director

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Making Disciples

YOUNG LADIES’ BOOK STUDY

Of all the responsibilities we have in caring for the children at Rancho 3M, discipleship is very rewarding.  The staff ladies have been going through a book with the older girls called, Lies Young Women Believe: And The Truth that Sets Them Free.  After the class, they have a fun time of snacks and lots of talking.  Having all sons is a stark reminder of how much girls can talk!  (See pic below).

One of the chapters in their book hit on the most vital truth about God for them.  They are learning that their Heavenly Father is perfect and good and will never leave them nor forsake them.  God being a good Father is a hard concept for them to grasp, considering their experiences with their earthly fathers have been traumatic or non-existent.  They are learning not to see God as someone like their earthly father (who has left them), but rather to see their earthly father through a mindset that begins and ends with God’s grace, “…forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).  Please pray that the Lord will help them forgive their earthly fathers.

DAILY IN THE WORD

We have also been trying to help the all children get into the habit of reading their Bibles daily.  We gave them a goal of reading the gospel of Matthew, one chapter every day, which took about a month.  The prize was a pizza party for everyone who completed the 28 chapters.  The staff read to those who are unable to read on their own, and everyone was given a little list of the chapters to keep track of their progress.

When it was finally time for the pizza party dinner, the kids were filled with excitement. Between the adrenaline, the sodas, and the doughnuts for dessert, the staff probably had a blast getting the little ones to sleep that night!  Next, we plan to go through the gospel of Mark. The long-term goal is to help them read through the entire Bible!  Please pray that the Lord would open “their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45).  Thank you for your partnership with us in the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek

Executive Director

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Birthday Adventures with the Boys!

Dear Friends,

YONNY TURNED 14!

The Lord continues showing the children here at Rancho 3M His great love and care for them.  One of our children, Yonny, was brought to the Ranch with his siblings when he was a mere four years old.  With a background of extreme poverty, the kids had several different dads who each eventually left their mom.  Ten years have gone by and Yonny just turned 14 years old!

My sons took the older boys out to Juárez the other night to celebrate Yonny’s birthday.  They had a blast eating hamburgers and then going to see a high-action guys’ movie.  It turned into a comical evening.  In the men’s restroom of the theater, Yonny could not figure out how to turn the sink on.  When someone showed him how to wave his hand under the motion sensor, he was thrilled!  He couldn’t stop yelling, “Hey guys! Look at this!”.  Next, all the boys piled themselves against the snack counter, oblivious to their obstruction of space.

Soon with smiles on their faces and their hands full, they left the concessions, immediately spilling a large coke all over the floor.  It just so happened that the electricity had just gone out as well.  The manager came swiftly to the rescue, scooped up the cup and lid off the dirty floor, and refilled it for them (ya gotta love Mexico – wouldn’t want to waste a cup)!

REPROGRAMMING THE NEXT GENERATION

We’ve been making an effort to get all the kids out more.  Yes, Yonny and our other youth need some training in how to behave in public.  But manners are only a scratch on the surface of the life-lessons they need to learn before adulthood.  We are working towards reprogramming the next generation in the way they think and act in areas such as: self-control, discipline, honesty, working hard, getting married, eating right, taking care of their possessions, respecting others, planning ahead, tithing, saving, spending money wisely, being trained in useful skills, not stealing, not begging, not tearing others down, and basically – treating others the way they want to be treated.

There is no way we can change their mindsets by our own efforts. Only the word of God can change their minds and their hearts. “For the word of God is living and active…” (Hebrews 4:12).  We’ve been discipling the older boys from the book of Proverbs, which has practical wisdom for young men.  We are dealing with areas a little at a time and have already had a number of successes, thanks to the Lord!  But honestly, these young men have some serious issues.  Please pray with us that the seeds of God’s Word would fall on good soil in their hearts, and that they would bear much fruit!  Thank you very much for your kindness in partnering together with us to make a real and tangible difference in their lives!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek

Executive Director

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Looking ahead to 2017

THANK YOU!

Thank you for helping us care for at-risk and orphaned children through your kind gifts or prayers or visit this past year.  We greatly appreciate your support of this ministry, as more than ever, we are receiving children who are wards of the state and who come from extremely troubled backgrounds.

CHRISTMAS BREAK

Every year our children are given the opportunity to stay with a relative or friend who can care for them temporarily for Christmas. There are always a few children who have no place safe to go, but this year almost half of our kids were unable to leave.  We were overjoyed to spend Christmas with them, but their circumstances break our hearts.  We thank God for the hope that He has given them through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ!

LOOKING BACK

Looking back on 2016, we can see the Lord’s faithful provision through your support.

  • An excellent new curriculum by McGraw Hill was bought and is being implemented at our school.  This is a valuable addition to our school’s development as it emphasizes reading comprehension and English.
  • Our children have been growing spiritually over the past year as well.  Thanks be to God, several of our children professed faith in Jesus this past year!  Praise God!  Also many new children, who are able to read now, received their first very own Bible.  Please pray that His Word would take root in their hearts, leading to saving faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Thanks to your generous support, the girls were ecstatic to move into their new home at the end of the summer!
  • Two of our girls started running a new store we opened at the Ranch.
  • A few of our boys have had great success raising their own pigs and made a profit on the sale. Others have began learning basic animal husbandry.  We were also very blessed to have received two horses – the children have had a blast learning to ride and care for them.

FUTURE PLANS

Looking ahead to 2017, Lord willing, we plan to continue our Sunday series going through the our current series “Great Stories of the Bible”.  We will also be going through a book with the children called Yell and Tell, which instructs children on how to avoid sexual abuse.  In addition, we also have plans to launch a School Sponsorship Program, which will allow underprivileged children from the community to attend our Christian school.  As for construction (something that will affect those of you who visit us), we will begin renovating the old girls’ home into the new Visitors’ Center!  The existing visitors’ dorm (which was old when it was bought as the children’s home in 1969!) will be torn down for safety reasons.

None of these plans would be possible if it were not for God working through generous friends like you to faithfully provide for His children. Thank you for partnering with us this past year in caring for children who are dearly loved by God.  We pray that you will continue to partner with us in 2017!  THANK YOU!!!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek

Executive Director, Rancho 3M

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Recently, the government brought us three little girls

Dear Friends,

We thank God for you!  You are helping many needy children from hard places.  Though this world does not understand the value of their lives, Jesus “took a child and put him by his side and said to them, ‘Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.’ ” (from Luke 9:47-48)

 Recently, the government brought us three little girls – two are sisters.  Their parents are very poor drug addicts who used to bring their pre-school daughters with them to abandoned buildings where people gather to buy cheap drugs and get high.  The girls testified that their parents would beat them when they went “loco” and these little ones have scars to prove it.  At other times, their parents would just pass out and the girls would be there unattended.

Someone finally reported them and the state took the young girls away and brought them to the state-run baby home in Juárez City.  Because of their addictions, the parents never did what was necessary to win back custody, so the girls became wards of the state.  After more than a year of living in the state home, the oldest of the sisters was ready to enter first grade.  The state home does not have schooling higher than kindergarten, so they were brought to us at Rancho 3M – a safe and caring Christian home & school.

One day the oldest girl was sitting in my son Jeremiah’s computer class when she burst into tears.  He asked her several different scenarios of why she might be crying.  Finally she blurted out, “I want my mommy!” Her response broke his heart; he felt helpless at her reply, and told her that here at the Ranch we are her new family.

 Each child here has a different heart-breaking story.  But we are so thankful that the Lord sent them to us, and that we are able to bring them the Good News of Jesus Christ!  He came to heal the broken-hearted.  God’s heart is toward these precious children and His ears are open to their prayers.

As we reach the end of this year, please prayerfully consider contributing a special year-end gift to this ministry, or becoming a much-needed monthly financial & prayer partner.  The Lord Himself cares for the orphan (Psalm 68:5), and He delights to use us to accomplish this!  We pray that the Lord will continue to bless you and your family for the kindness and generosity that you have shown us and continue to show! Thank you!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek
Executive Director, Rancho 3M

“Rescuing, caring for, training and discipling at-risk and orphaned children for the glory of God”

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We would like to encourage you that your giving and prayers have not/will not be in vain

November 12, 2016

Dear Friends of Rancho3M,

We would like to encourage you that your giving and prayers have not/will not be in vain – the Lord has produced much fruit here over the decades. Many children have been eternally changed by the life-giving power of the Gospel!

It brings me great joy to see grown-up children of Rancho 3M following the Lord whole-heartedly. The photo above is an example of God’s continued faithfulness and work among several generations of women who grew up at Rancho3M. Moving left to right: Martina helped raise Lety, who helped raise Sonia, who helped raise Valeria, who helped raise Miriam, who is now a support staff helping us raise the next generation to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. Four of the five ladies are currently on staff, and one supports the Ranch with her husband.

In Titus 2, we read that older women are to “train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” It is our goal to not only care for these young women (and young men), but ultimately to train & disciple them in the ways of Jesus Christ.

As these ladies demonstrate, the Lord has been faithful to provide for the Ranch since its inception. It takes an incredible amount of funding to clothe, feed, educate and care for 47 children, and we are so thankful to the Lord and to all the wonderful folks He has used to provide for our children. However, this year we have entered a season of difficulty financially as some of our faithful partners are now unable to support the Ranch in the same way they have in the past.

Therefore, we are praying and asking God to continue providing for the Ranch by raising up a new group of partners to make up for the support we have lost this year. We trust that as God has been faithful to care for the Ranch in past generations, He will continue to be faithful to supply the children’s needs today. We would ask all of you to please pray and ask God whether He would have you contribute a special year-end gift to this ministry, or become a monthly financial & prayer partner. Thank you for joining together with us in caring for abused, abandoned, and at-risk children who are very precious in God’s sight!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek
Executive Director, Rancho 3M

“Rescuing, caring for, training and discipling at-risk and orphaned children for the glory of God “

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Orphan Sunday

Dear Friends,

GOD’S HEART FOR THE FATHERLESS

Thank you for your care to the children here at Rancho 3M!  We so appreciate your love, support and care for these children who are very near the heart of God.  These fatherless children are vulnerable, easily exploited, and in need of protection and care.

When God speaks of the fatherless in the Bible, He reveals something about His character.  He calls himself the “Father of the fatherless,” (Ps. 68:5), their “helper” (Ps. 10:14), and their strong “Redeemer” (Prov. 23:11).  “He upholds” them (Ps. 146:9) and “will plead their cause” (Prov. 23:11).  God tells His people to leave something in their field during harvest for the fatherless, “that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands” (Deut. 24:19-20).  These scriptures inspire us to want to join God in His work and help the fatherless in any way He leads.

“WE CAN’T DO EVERYTHING, BUT WE CAN DO SOMETHING”

He uses people like you and me to help fulfill His promises to them.  Last Sunday, many churches around the world recognized “Orphan Sunday.”  On the topic of how we can be used by God to care for the orphan, a pastor friend of mine told his congregation, “We can’t do everything, but we can do something.”  

We would like to thank you for the “something” that you do in helping the fatherless here at Rancho 3M.  Whether it is coming to visit the children, sending a monthly gift, or interceding on their behalf to our Heavenly Father – the Lord sees what many of you have done in secret, and will one day reward you openly.

“And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42

Thank you!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek
Executive Director, Rancho 3M

“Rescuing, caring for, training and discipling at-risk and orphaned children for the glory of God”

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Thanks to the hard work and the generosity of many wonderful folks, the girls moved into their new home!

August 23, 2016

Dear Friends,

Thank you for supporting this precious ministry to at-risk and orphaned children!  You are helping provide a safe and healthy home for many girls and boys here in Mexico.  Though they are fatherless, God is their Father.  Psalm 68:5 says, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.”

This month, all of our girls moved into their new home.      They had been living in a dormitory that was lovingly built by faithful supporters back in the 80’s, when founder Irene Logsdon was running Rancho 3M.  Even though it has held up all these years with the wear and tear of lively children, our desire was to eventually build something that was more family style and more conducive to discipleship – with its own kitchen, dining area, and living room, just like a home.

My wife and I are amazed how the Lord works out so many circumstances to bless the children of Rancho 3M.  The building that the girls moved into was originally built for one purpose, but after many providential circumstances, it became theirs.  We had one plan, but God had a bigger one.  “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”   Romans 8:28

God has a special place in His heart for the fatherless.  They are defenseless and vulnerable, and they need a provider, a protector and a comforter – all of which our Heavenly Father is to them – and much more.  I believe He puts love and generosity in the hearts of many folks like you to accomplish this – not only for His glory, but also for your joy and blessing!

Thank you for partnering with us to care for children who are precious in God’s sight.  We pray that the Lord will continue to bless you and your family for the kindness and generosity that you have shown us and continue to show!  Thank you!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek
Executive Director, Rancho 3M

“Rescuing, caring for, training and discipling at-risk and orphaned children for the glory of God “

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Alfredo survived Leukemia & came to the Ranch when he was 8. He recently graduated from our Christian primary school at age 13

July 22, 2016

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your recent gift and/or prayers!  Your support is helping us care for at-risk and orphaned children at Rancho 3M, and giving them the privilege of receiving a Christian education at our school, Logsdon Academy (named after the co-founder of Rancho 3M, Irene Logsdon).

We would like you to meet Alfredo.  As a young child, he was diagnosed with Leukemia.  His “father” and mother were avid drug users and mentally unstable.  They did not want him anymore after finding out about his cancer, so they signed custody over to his paternal grandmother (who many not actually be related since no one is sure who his real father is).  His “father” committed suicide a few months later.  Alfredo’s grandmother is poor, and had to beg for money in the streets to put him through the expensive treatments that he needed.

By the grace of God, Alfredo was finally finished with the treatments and became cancer-free.  But after the risk-of-return period was over, his grandmother felt she was no longer able to continue caring for him, and decided to bring him to Rancho 3M when he was eight years old.  He still had his catheter in his chest when he arrived, and continues to get his bone marrow checked periodically.  Alfredo was received with warmth and compassion by our loving Christian staff.  Providentially, staff members, Teo and Lety, recognized him as one of the children who went through chemo with their little son, Jair, who passed away when he was five.

Although the Leukemia has left Alfredo mentally and physically behind his peers, with the Lord’s help, we continue to push him forward in his learning and to help him develop his God-given abilities. One of his favorite pastimes is keeping a beat, so my son Taylor has been patiently teaching him the drums over the years.  Alfredo is now thirteen and is maturing into a kind-hearted young man.  Recently, I had the honor and joy of awarding him with his diploma from our primary school.  He is excited to be entering our middle school this August.

As we look back on where Alfredo has come from, we are just amazed at the Lord’s mercy and kindness  in sparing his life, and in bringing him to the Ranch to learn about receiving eternal life through        Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.  Alfredo and all the other Ranch kids recently learned this verse,     “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

Please join us in praying that Alfredo will come to trust in the Lord as his Heavenly Father, who will never leave him, nor forsake him.  Thank you for faithfully supporting all of the children here at Rancho 3M!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek
Executive Director, Rancho 3M

“Rescuing, caring for, training and discipling at-risk and orphaned children for the glory of God “

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“Abi” came to Rancho 3M as a toddler. Now she’s in Kindergarten at our Christian school.

June 15, 2016

Dear Friends,

We thank God for you!  The Lord is using the gifts and prayers of big-hearted folks like you to advance His kingdom here at Rancho 3M through the lives of little children.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  (from Matthew 19:14)

Meet “Abi” (we can’t disclose her real name since she’s under custody of the state).

Her mother abandoned her in their home when she was only a toddler.  The neighbors found her and took her in, but soon she was given to the state and brought to the Rancho 3M Baby Home.  Our all-female staff lovingly took care of Abi as if she were their own daughter.  They fed her nutritious meals, kept her clean, and most importantly they taught her about the Lord Jesus Christ.  Many times when my wife and I would visit the toddlers, they would be singing praise songs or reciting a simple Bible verse with their caretakers. Abi calls each of the female staff “Mama ___ (insert name).”

Then a big change occurred for us – the Mexican government changed their law concerning the type of cases that would be taken, and thus they stopped sending us cases that involved babies and toddlers. Eventually, we only had two toddlers left in the Baby Home.  After much prayer and counsel, we decided to move the two toddlers to the Girls’ Home and to re-purpose the Baby Home.  The Baby Home would become the new Girls’ Home!

Many generous teams and individuals have been working diligently to make necessary changes to the Baby Home to accommodate for the younger and older girls that will be living there.  It is the type of living arrangement we’ve been wanting for the children for a long time.  They will have their own kitchen and dining area, which we hope will make it feel more like a family home.  Lord willing, we would like to be finished by early next month. In the future, we would like to build a home like this for the older boys and one for the younger boys.

But none of this would be happening if it were not for the generous support of caring folks all over the US, like you, working hand in hand with us to move forward in providing better care, living conditions and a solid Christian education for the children of Rancho 3M.  On behalf of all the children and staff – Thank you!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek
Executive Director, Rancho 3M
dean@rancho3m.com

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Josefina, Bianca and Angel were brought to us last year as a result of the violence in our area.

April 26, 2016

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your recent gift and/or prayers!  Through your partnership with us, God is providing a safe and joyful Christ-centered home for many at-risk and orphaned children.

Yesterday, my sons were recounting the many miracles the Lord has done here at Rancho 3M.   One huge on-going miracle has been God’s protection since the drug cartels began fighting here in 2009.  For years, our surrounding neighbors were being kidnapped, killed, and houses were being burned down all around us.  Despite this enormous daily danger, not one child, nor staff, nor visitor was harmed in any way!  Psalm 91 speaks of this.

But over the years, we have encountered many people outside of Rancho 3M who have been directly affected by this violence.  About a year ago a woman came to Rancho 3M to drop off her three youngest children.  Tragically, her oldest son had been killed in the drug war.  Her oldest daughter had intimate boy-friends in the mafia, which eventually became a threat to her life, and she had to flee the area.  This unmarried mother was selling corn in the street for a living while her other children were at home alone – and so she feared their lives were in danger.  Also, because of their extreme poverty, the children were often not able to attend school.

At Rancho 3M, these precious children received a safe place to call home and a happy environment where they could grow and learn. Josefina, the oldest of the three, quickly made friends with her out-going personality. She enjoys helping pick the ripe fruit and vegetables in the Rancho 3M garden. Bianca has a sweet disposition, and likes to share. She is smart and does very well in school; she also likes to draw and run. Angel is an active little boy, and since he has been at our Christian school, he has learned how to read well enough to be given his own Bible! God’s Word has the power to transform their lives – as it did mine!

Because of your faithful support, we are able to care for and disciple children like these – who are from at-risk situations and are in need of the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you!!!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek
Executive Director, Rancho 3M
dean@rancho3m.com

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Rocio came from an abusive and Mormon background. She is grateful to be safe at Rancho 3M, where she received the truth of the Word of God, and recently put her faith in Jesus Christ.

March 24, 2016

Dear Friends,

Thank you for supporting the at-risk and orphaned children of Rancho 3M! Your gift is helping shine the light of truth in the spiritual darkness here in Mexico.

Meet Rocio. She used to live in poverty with her grandma and her mom, who are Mormons – which is not common here. Her mom had many men in and out of her life, and she was physically abusive to Rocio, so they had a bad relationship. She was brought to the Ranch last year with her younger sister and was quite content to be here where she is safe and well cared for. She also received her own Bible with her name engraved on it. She told us she did not miss her home life.

At that same time, the lady staff started meeting with the older girls twice a week to read and discuss a gospel-based purity book called, Before you meet Prince Charming (in Spanish). The girls were taught about waiting for the right guy (which is a radical concept for the backgrounds these girls come from) and more importantly, getting right with God. They were encouraged to repent of their sins and put their faith in Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Rocio took these words seriously and told my wife and me that she wanted to become a Christian. We went through many passages in the Bible with her and made sure she understood the gospel. Then we prayed with her. She asked for God’s forgiveness for her sins, and by God’s grace, she put her trust in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.

Rocio is extremely grateful to live at the Ranch – and she is not alone! Rancho 3M is a big family. We consider all of you, who partner with us to care for these precious children, as part of our family too. We are all very grateful for you! Thank you!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek
Executive Director, Rancho 3M
dean@rancho3m.com

“…and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

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Twelve-year-old Jirell came from a rough background. He is thankful to be safe at Rancho 3M, where he received his own Bible, and recently put his faith in Jesus Christ.

February 26, 2016

Dear Friends,

Thank you for partnering with us in the advancement of God’s kingdom in Mexico!  God is powerfully at work here, changing one life at a time in this humble Christ-centered ministry.

Meet Jirell.  He is a sweet and tender-hearted boy, but he comes from a rough background.  His mother was involved in prostitution, had several children from different men, and was put in prison for theft.  Jirell started living with his real dad when she was incarcerated.  He was very abusive to Jirell, and did not put him in school.  He was miserable, and desperately wanted to escape.  One day he was given $1.15 to buy tortillas and he thought, “Now’s my chance.”  After a scary day riding the bus and wandering around Juarez City hungry, he finally located someone he knew.  A few days later, he was brought to Rancho 3M with one of his half-brothers, Jamil.

At first, he was afraid that he would be beaten like the last two places he stayed.  But soon he realized that Rancho 3M is a safe and loving home, and he was extremely grateful to be here. When we gave him a Bible with his name engraved on the front, he was very excited to read it, and he paid close attention in church. Shortly after, Jirell found his true refuge by putting his faith in Jesus Christ!  “God is our refuge and strength,  a very present help in trouble.”  Psalms 46:1

Jirell is attending our Christian school and doing very well academically.  He is intelligent and has much potential to do great things with his life for the Lord.  Recently, he asked my oldest son, Taylor, to teach him how to play the drums. Taylor said Jirell has been a fast learner and would not be surprised to see him playing with the Rancho 3M worship team one day.

Your partnership with Rancho3M is making it possible for at-risk children like Jirell to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and to glorify Him with their lives.  Thank you!!!

By His grace,

Dean Adamek
Executive Director, Rancho 3M
dean@rancho3m.com

“Rescuing, caring for, training and discipling at-risk and orphaned children for the glory of God “

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