“In ALL Circumstances Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:16
I have read this scripture so many times in the past. If I am honest with you the Armor of God has been somewhat of a mystery to me. Until last week this portion hit me, take up the shield of faith….. with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the enemy. MOVE IN FAITH! this friend is your shield. Hire more staff, we move in faith. Let staff go, we move in faith. Build a house or tear one down, we move in faith. Walk in faith and you will be shielded from the darts the enemy has with your name on them. Unless however one is ordained by God for your good.
A small snapshot of the last few months at the Flying H would look something like this….
Boys running away on multiple occasions, strife, fist fights resulting in police arrivals, The Department of Revenue challenging our tax exempt properties. Culminating with the loss of a staff family due to a broken marriage. This especially pales in comparison to anything else we have dealt with. As a staff we are hurting deeply. When you work side by side and your lives are so intimately enter-twined you can imagine how badly this hurts. Please join us in praying for reconciliation and healing.
Thankfully there is victory in the story! Two boys have been baptized and have professed Christ as Savior and Lord. We are serving 18 boys, that’s right 18! More boys than in a decade. Within those 18 a few new leaders are rising to the top, positive leaders. Peer to peer leadership is such a powerful influence here. We have another staff family in the support raising phase of hire and in June we had the Hanson’s join our ranks as new staff. What a gift both families are to us. We have had the rafting trip which Richard was able to attend, lots of memories were made there. Celebrate recovery is continuing to be a huge blessing to our boys. This week Richard was able to read a letter sent to him from a man (who formally was a ranch boy) who is serving four consecutive life sentences, the letter was titled “If I Had Only Listened”. Richard told me many of the guys were in tears, what a powerful impact. We are very, very excited about bolstering our after care and transitional care. We have just secured a few local businesses that are willing to partner with us to provide on the job internships in welding. We also are recently able to offer scholarships to graduating boys to the local trade school. This is an amazing advancement in our services to the boys.
Ways to pray:
- We need more staff
- resolution in our favor, with the Department of Revenue
- upcoming financial audit (at the Administrators request)
- the boys and the 8 day hike
- the start of school quickly approaching
- after care
- We have set a goal to gain three new supporters, if you feel led to support us financially please contact us.
- Praying Richard and I could get some time away alone.
We love you all so much and are so thankful for your prayers.
The Wagner family,
Richard, Tricia, Gabriel, Abigail, Elesha, and Brielle