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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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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

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

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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

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

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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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