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Beyond R3M

Dear Friend,

Reaching Out

Although the focus of the ministry at Rancho 3M is the at-risk and orphaned children who live here, there are extensions to that, such as the daily ministry at our Christian school, and occasionally an outreach event to our community.  Because of the violence in our area, we have not had an event like this in a long time.  Most days all is well, but every now and then someone is killed or disappears and our community returns to a state of fear and uncertainty.  At one point this summer, an instance of such violence occurred in a neighboring town, and several lives were tragically lost in a fight between opposing cartels.  However, even in a time of sorrow mixed with fear we saw the Lord’s restoring hand at work – that same week a visiting team hosted an evangelistic outreach to our hurting community.

 

Kingdom Advancement

It seemed as if the Lord used the devastating events during that week to remind people of the uncertainty of their future and of their need for a Savior.  It appeared that the threat of violence, instead of causing everyone to stay home, only stirred people to come and seek the Lord.  As we prepared to receive folks, we continued in apprehensive prayer for safety and the salvation of souls.  We were immediately encouraged – not an hour before the event, military vehicles passed by the Ranch and we were able to stop them and request that they make passes by our facility while the event was going on just in case something happened – which they were very gracious to do.  The Lord takes care of his children!

At the event, everyone was served a generous portion of food and were seated at tables in our school courtyard.  After dinner, the wind picked up so much that our visitors had to be ushered into the chapel. Then a Spanish-speaking pastor from the team shared with the crowd the refreshing good news of Jesus. He pointed out that they had just received a wonderful meal and were full, but they would be hungry again soon. Then he shared the words of our Savior, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).  By God’s grace, the most wonderful miracle happened at the end – about 20-25 people came forward to repent of their sins and to put their faith in Jesus!  We closed by sharing information about different Christian churches in the area where folks could get plugged in to continue their walk with the Lord.  As people were leaving, they were blessed with bags of food, tracts, and most importantly, Bibles – the precious Word of God – spiritual food that is able to truly fill them and transform their lives.  In all of this, we were so encouraged by God’s gentle reminder that nothing can stop His kingdom’s advancement.  Praise God for His kindness and compassion towards the poor and hurting in our community. This event would not have happened without visiting teams and faithful supporters like you. Thank you for your support!

By His Grace,

Dean Adamek, E.D. Rancho 3M

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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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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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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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