Put on Your Armor


“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


We Press On


James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

Over the last several months we have been hard pressed on every side, yet we press forward.  One thing is certain through it all our only aim is to work for the cause of Christ Jesus and Him crucified.  When the boys seem hopeless; we preach Christ.  When we train our children; we preach Christ.  In our everyday toils; we preach Christ.  When we rejoice; we preach Christ.  As each day passes the reality that nothing else matters but Christ crucified becomes heavier, and heavier.  We are in the trenches joyfully and our spiritual vision is sharpened.

Since January it has been an aggregate of blessings and trials personally and in our work.  The Father Son camp out was a success and has proven to be collectively one of our favorite events.  Fathers were drawing support and giving encouragement to one another.  Staff fathers were blessed with their time with their own sons and surrogate sons.  Support networks were formed. In the past few months we have added several new staff with one pending.  The Lord has blessed us with 18 boys, two more than what we have had in the last decade.  Culminating finally with our ACSI accreditation approval! We have been toiling for the last 18 months working tirelessly toward this end.  ACSI is the largest and most respected Christian school accreditation agency in the world. It completely legitimizes our ministry and places us with top-notch schools on an international level. More than that however, it raises the standards here tremendously making us a much better and more efficient agent of Jesus Christ. Our school credits will have to be granted (transferable) to our students in every state and most countries so parents can be absolutely assured that their children are not only getting an excellent Christian education but their credits and diplomas will be recognized by any school secular or Christian.

Most recent was the sailing trip.  Richard usually goes on this trip but threw out his back the day before and was unable to attend.  Lots of up and downs on the trip spiritually and physically as they experienced rough water and other set backs.  It was a success and the boys had lots of victories too.

Prayer requests:

  • Struggles
  • Health for our family
  • Peace among boys
  • New staff transitioning
  • Family Resolve in June
  •  Trish is sharing her perspective of adoption at Resolve please bathe this in prayer
  • We need prayer for new supporters personally
  • Community outreach event June 30th


  • One boy was Baptized
  • ACSI accreditation
  • Updated main office
  • School Computers
  • New to us fleet vehicles
  • New shop equipment
  • Four new boys

With Love and Thanks,

Wagner Family


He Makes All Things New

Isaiah 43:19English Standard Version (ESV)

19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.


“A way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  What a wonderful hope!  This scripture demands that you call to mind all the mighty ways the Lord made a way for his people in otherwise perilous situations.  The “new” thing being even mightier, and pales in comparison to the rest.  Jesus Christ providing a way for the wandering, the lost, the insubordinate.  A clear path to our ultimate hope, life with Him.  Praise God!!

In the trenches we are witnessing so many mended ways.  Often times through tiny little shoots of hope.  When you consider so many of the boys we serve come with deeply ingrained behaviors, getting to see them make new choices (no matter how small) is so exciting!  We had SEVERAL families report to us over fall break that their parents could not believe they brought home the same kid!  We are excited to get the reports from winter break as they get ready to return.  Richard’s mentee and his mother were on break here at the ranch and we had many opportunities to spend time with them and fellowship.  Bringing them into our home and ministering to them was such a gift.  This boy decided that it probably wouldn’t be good for him to go home yet.  WOW!  This was the same kid who a month ago was in a total emotion breakdown, which ultimately resulted in broken windows, and a broken will.  God literally backed this kid into a corner and Richard was blessed enough to watch him wave a white flag to the Lord.  The gifts of this ministry are vast.  God is using our entire lives to show these boys the new road, to help navigate the darkness.  We are blessed beyond measure.


  • Richards eye is stable!!!!!
  • Gabe got a new pump
  • We hired new staff!!  Our staff has recognized the need for a teacher with special education expertise.  We have been relying on Naches district to help us facilitate this but with so many of the boys having IEP’s what a gift it would be to have a Special Ed teacher, so we prayed, and guess what?  Our new staff member has a degree in special education.  Praise God!!!
  • Unity and fellowship among staff continues to grow as we live out the One Another’s together.


  • Richard, for strength as he toils toward the vision for the Flying H
  • We have two mentee’s Dallas and Jeremiah Dallas is pliable Jeremiah needs to be softened.
  • We have two more staff families getting ready to interview, God’s hand in hiring
  • Program changes
  • Spring staff retreat/training we are praying for a guest speaker and are waiting to work out those details.  She is a Master’s grad who has written a book on Radical Attachment Disorder (many of our boys come with the diagnosis).  We are praying she can train our staff with a solid Biblical perspective.  We are praying she would even make the trip!
  • Father son camp out is in Feb.  Some of our boys don’t have a Dad and they feel that absence at this event.  This is a great launching point for background checked, Christian men who might have a desire to serve hurting boys, Could it be you?  Call Richard
  • The Landing, a teen version of Celebrate recovery is getting ready to launch, Pray for Mr. Armstrong as he brings this to the boys and Richard as he helps.

The Wagner’s

One Year Down


This July marks the one-year anniversary of our arrival to the Ranch. These past twelve months have been some of the best and yet most challenging of my life. I’ve witnessed some amazing things during this time including everything from new proclamations of faith, forgiveness and reconciliation within families, boys running away, boys graduating, new staff and last but not least the birth of our Daughter Brielle. It has been an amazing journey one in which I could never have been a part of without your help.

Since our arrival, Trish and I have witnessed the successful completion of eight boys from our program, an unbelieving family start attending church services, boys overcoming learning and social disabilities, healing and restoration. Trish has worked tirelessly at developing stronger relationships among families and in particular the wives starting co-ops, planning activities for the staff kids, starting a secret sisters group and coming alongside the ladies in any way she can.

As the Administrator, I have been able to help rethink and change our program so that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the focus and power behind everything we do. This includes updating and changing policy, protocols and procedures, rewriting our doctrinal statement, mission, vision, student outcomes and ministry principles as well as planning and leading staff training, retreat times and weekly devotionals.

Over this past year, we have seen the Lord take care of our every need both personally and corporately as He has blessed us spiritually, physically and financially. Our ministry is currently on the verge of some major growth opportunities as the Lord has provided the staff, land and finances needed to grow which will in turn allow us to serve more boys. Our current maximum boy population is sixteen however; given our projected growth rate, we should be able to serve up to twenty-four boys within the next 18-24 months.

Moreover, through the generosity of His people He has also blessed us with the ability to have high-speed internet, which will benefit the boys in school and allow us to put security cameras around the entire facility adding an extra layer of safety and security for the boys. The Lord is also potentially blessing us with new transport vehicles, work trucks and farm equipment all of which again improves the safety for our boys.

The staff and I are currently working on creating new programing designed to help boys transition back to their homes, which includes an aftercare element as well as continued drug, and alcohol counseling/support. To help with this, in the past twelve months we have hired three new full time families including one who is a certified drug counselor and one who wrote a research paper (Th.M) on after care programs!

Every one of you who has supported us through your prayers and financial giving has played a crucial part in this success. To put it plainly YOU are the means by which this has happened. Trish and I are here by God’s grace and your sacrifice. Thank you for allowing us to do this, thank you for the commitments you have made to our family, these boys and our Lord. We ask that you would prayerfully consider supporting us in the year to come through prayer, financial support, and word of mouth. Thank you for you faithfulness and choosing to serve God by serving others.

The Wagners Rich, Trish, Gabe, Abby, Ellie, and Brielle

The Ministry of Reconciliation


“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:17-21

If you were to ask most Christians what their primary marching orders were a great number would rightly answer with (Matthew 28:19-20) a.k.a “The Great Commission.” However, I have always thought of (2 Cor 5:17-21) as our best example of how to go about doing that.  Think of it this way, the Great Commission in a sense can be compared to a vision statement, which sets clear goals for the future whereas a mission statement focuses on the ways and means of reaching that vision.  Therefore, our end goal is to make disciples of every tongue, every tribe and every nation but we are to do this by first imploring them to be reconciled to the Father through the person and work of Jesus Christ, i.e the Gospel.

So then what does reconciliation mean? The common definition of reconciliation as it relates to relationships is 1) The restoration of friendly relations. 2) The action of making one view or belief compatible with another.

We see from this definition that the words restoration and compatible are part of reconciliation. However, the root of reconciliation is the word conciliation, which is the action of stopping someone from being angry. When we have reconciliation, it means that we restore our relationship to one that enables us to be compatible and friendly with one another again.

In the Old Testament the word reconciliation is the Hebrew word kapar, pronounced kaw-far. This is one of the most theologically significant words in the Bible. In addition to reconciliation, kapar is also translated into English words such as forgive, purge away and merciful as well as a few others. By far, the most commonly translated word for kapar is the English word atonement.

When the word atonement is broken down to its historical parts (a-tone-ment) it means a condition without tension. When Christ died on the cross for us, He removed the tension between us and God (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21.) His shed blood, reconciled the conflict between us and the Father. With this in mind, reconciliation has its Biblical foundation in the atonement of Christ.

Friends if there was ever a verse that encapsulated the heart of this ministry it is this one. We implore, beseech, plead and sometimes beg these boys to be reconciled to both God and their families. Through prayer, mentoring, counseling and teaching we show these boys what it means to be forgiven, what it means to be accepted and what it means to be loved.

Every single one of our boys comes to us with a history of broken relationships and every single parent leaves them here with the hope they will find forgiveness, peace and restoration in our Lord Jesus Christ. However, make no mistake the road to this program was paved by pain, disappointment and even anger.

I have never been more reminded of this fact than this past week at our Father and son campout. A weekend designed to reconcile relationships through Christ but within the context of a fun, nonthreatening environment. As I watched the weekend unfold the tension which was so obviously present between some families slowly but surely disappeared as Father’s and son’s put aside the things which brought them there and simply enjoyed their time together in an amazing setting deep in the Washington wilderness. There was worship, the preaching of the Word, breakout sessions designed to get families talking, snowboarding, campfires, snowmobiles, atv’s, skeet shooting, hiking and a host of other activities all intended to relieve the hostilities between Father’s and son’s. For the boys either who have no father in their lives or whose dads were unable to attend we had more mentors than mentees ready to jump in and fill the void.

Overall, it was the perfect ending to a month, which witnessed two boys giving their lives to Christ and one rededication! This is why we are here friends this is why we exist. I cannot begin to thank all of you enough for your prayers and financial support. It is through your generosity and your continued faithfulness that my family enjoys the awesome privilege and responsibility of being His ambassadors on your behalf.


Please keep us in your prayers as we have been battling sickness as well as exhaustion with Trish’s pregnancy.

P.S the weather here is crazy but we have tapped our inner Eskimo and have survived the worst of it.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all.

In Christ, the Wagner’s

Proof of Identity Please?


So often in many situations in life we are required to show proof of identity, at the Bank, writing a check, picking up our kids from Church, in an accident, at DMV, or when traveling to a distant land.  Who are you?  Where did you “come from”? Where do you live?

The ranch has been buzzing with movement as we prepared for Thanksgiving.  I got blessed to be asked to help teach the boys culinary class in preparation for this meal.  It is amazing to me how much quality time you get with them in the kitchen.  They really seem to be willing to share things they normally wouldn’t around the other boys.  A comment was made by one of the boys that pierced my heart, he said “What does it matter? We are just ranch boys”.    As this young man grapples with his identity, I had to pick the pieces of my heart off the floor.  I had to chew on his comment for a while, process all that this one little statement contained, and when the moment was right take hold of this wonderful opportunity for evangelism.   “You are precious, you can be forgiven, you can be saved, you can have hope, give your life to Christ”  and in doing so the only proof of identity you will need to enter  Beulah Land is the blood of Christ!

  Isaiah 62:4; “Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate; but thou shalt be called Hephzibah and thy land Beulah; for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.”

O Beulah land, sweet Beulah land!

As on thy highest mount I stand,

I look away across the sea,

Where mansions are prepared for me,

And view the shining glory shore,

My heaven, my home forever more.

                                                                         Edgar Page Stites

Richard is busy at work Shepherding and counseling staff,  mentoring a boy,  and maintaining all Administrator functions, as well as carrying a part time seminary load. Whew!  That made me tired just typing it!  I would ask that you would join me in praying for his strength and that we would be filled with grace daily to balance all of this with family life.  I am still in awe that he does it well.

Another prayer request is for our mentee who is having moments of victory and then moments of tremendous set backs.  The new kid on the block and him have forged a friendship, which is wonderful, unfortunately misery loves company and the relationship  is proving to be a great distraction to him.  The boys are getting ready to go home on two week leave, pray they take the “program” home with them and make good choices.

Our children are doing wonderful and are loving all this snow!  They got to go with us on the GPA trip to the trampoline park with the honor roll boys.  I love to watch the boys take my kids under their wings, and to watch my kids minister to them in friendship. Abby got JR Olympic times at the last swim meet and Gabe is well on his way.  Lots of hard work has finally paid off!

I would also ask you pray for our truck, with 16 inches of snow it is not a wonderful time for it to decide not to work.  As some of you know this vehicle has given us a lot of problems.  Pray the electrical problems can be found and fixed so we can have 4 wheel drive.  We quickly learned in the last two  weeks we MUST have 4 wheel drive.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us in this ministry.  Daily we are hard at work for the cause of Christ, Your prayers are felt and we thank you!!!

Your Sister in Christ,

Tricia, and family

Pushing the Limits…..


Imagine, if you will, being fatherless.  Most of us take for granted the tremendous impact having a father has made on us.  The character and unspoken lessons he taught us;  more than just catching a ball.  He taught us courage, pushing through limits of pain, teaching us how to train our minds to blow past limitations.  These lessons happen organically in a father-son relationship.  But you…your missing this.  This is the story of one young boy at the ranch.  Before he came to us he suffered headaches that would keep him from attending school.  He didn’t know how to push past the physical pain, let alone the pain he carries in his heart from being fatherless.  As I was reading through his 8 day survival hike journal, I noticed some very exciting things.  The boys are asked daily how they are doing physically on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being exhausted.  Each day his number grew in exhaustion, they hiked farther and farther, and food became scarcer and scarcer.  On day two the question was asked “what was the worst part of your day?”  He replied “Walking up a very steep hill, taking breaks when needed to, but kept pushing myself.”  Day three, same question, his answer, “My stomach hurts a lot.  I just kept going like nothing was wrong and eventually it stopped.”  Day five “Not knowing if I would be able to start my fire.”  The days to come would only deliver more exhaustion.  On the eighth day his response struck me.  The question was asked “What have you learned on the 8 day that you will never forget?”  His response welled tears in my eyes “If you push yourself to do the impossible, it will no longer be impossible.”

There you have it, the essence of the 8 day hike. God so mightly working in the hearts of the boys by tearing down strongholds and barriers.  This kid proved to himself that he could be brave and that he could succeed even when his body and mind turned against him.  While this young man wrestles through the grief of being fatherless little does he realize the best father of all is pushing him and MAKING him brave by showing him he is capable of far more than he ever dreamed.

I get so excited watching these kids walk through new situations.  This is why we do what we do friends, this is what it’s all about.  Please continue to pray that God would make himself so real to these boys they can feel Him breathing on them.  Every single boy who comes through ours doors, God has something for.  Thank you for partnering with us and making times like these possible!

A brief update on whats happening around campus and prayer requests;

  • We had two boys graduate!!!
  • We’ve had the privilege of hosting the majority of the boys at our home.  Those times always are so fruitful.  Please continue to pray for our times with them.
  • We got our first mentee!!  The funny thing is, entering this relationship you think you’re the one that’s helping the boy but soon realize God is healing parts of your heart through this kid as well!  Continue to pray for him and us as we help him grow in Christ.
  • The deep-sea fishing trip is quickly approaching.  Pray the staff would be fishers of men!!!!
  • Fall Family Resolve is coming, please cover this event with prayer.  Christ is moving in hearts here, thank you for your support!

In Christ,

Tricia and family





The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” Ps 34:18

Dear friends and family,


What an incredible few months it’ been! The Lord has proven Himself faithful, again and again providing for our every need, loving and encouraging us along every step of the journey and oh what a journey it’s been. Thank you so much for your prayers and support, as I am pleased to say, the move could not have gone any better. By the grace of God, we made it to Washington safely and were welcomed by both the boys and the staff to our new home.

Upon arrival we were blessed to participate in our biannual Resolve conference, a program designed to help parents connect with their children. During this time, we witnessed the Holy Spirit moving in a variety of ways, providing healing for both parents and their children along with siblings and other family members as well. By the end of the conference several boys had expressed their desire to stay on at the Flying H, well beyond the required 18 months, in order to finish High School at Hope Academy. What an incredible testimony to the work of the Holy Spirit in these boys lives as He has completely turned their attitudes around from a place of rebellion to a heart of submission and thanks!

Moreover, we were blessed to witness the stirring of one mother’s heart, an unbeliever, as she admitted her need to rely upon God. I ask that you would pray for this unnamed mother and her son as they both are in desperate need of His saving grace. It is obvious the Lord is working in both of their lives as this same boy has gone from absolute noncompliance to a workable attitude within our program. How amazing would it be if this young man’s turn around would be the mechanism/witness through which the Lord saves his mother!?! We have a lot of work ahead of us but by His grace and with your prayers we are off to an amazing start. What a blessing it is to serve Him, I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for us as we walk this journey of faith together!


I ask that you would continue to pray for us in the following areas: 1) the boys – we have several boys who by their own admission do not believe, I ask you would pray for their salvation – for the boys who do believe, I ask you would pray for an increase in their faith, 2) the staff – we are in need of an English teacher as our current missionary is preparing to retire within the next year – we are also in need of a youth service staff member with past experience/expertise in automotive mechanics, 3) the Wagner’s – discernment and leadership for both Trish and I as well as continued good health for our son who suffers with type 1 diabetes.

Thank you some much for your prayers and support, we are blessed beyond measure to be on mission with you!

Serving with you for His glory,

Richard, Tricia, Gabriel, Abigail, and Elesha



When The Floodgates Open!


“Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10

It’s happened friends!  Through your gifts and Tithes the floodgates have been opened and we are on our way to a golrious journey!

For weeks we hovered around 35% funding and then when the gates flung open, boy did they open.  Our last trip to the Ranch is when the pieces fell into place.  Through the help of our friends and the help of Quail Lakes Baptist Church CA, Battle Ground Baptist Church WA, and Vistoso Community Church AZ we are so proud to announce WE ARE FULLY FUNDED!  Life is currently moving along to the sound of tape guns and bubble wrap.  Our offical move date is June 13th.  We appreciate your prayers as we travel and adjust to our new life.

From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank you for your support!  If it was coffee dates, prayer, baby sitting, monetary, or helping spread the word….Thank you. For those we leave behind; we love you, for those we yet to serve; we are honered.  I could write pages about our excitment to minister in this capacity.  We were created for this, our life has been an often painful but necessary part of making us ready for this ministry.  All points in our history have prepared us for this day and we are blessed to call you co-laborers.  We hope you are blessed by our journey.

With The love of Christ,

Richard, Tricia, Gabriel, Abigail, Elesha Wagner

In The Sheep Pen


It’s Been seven months since our family accepted the call to be Missionaries at The Flying H Youth Ranch. With God showing us so clearly our place there, we thought certainly we would quickly be whisked away into His service and all would go as We planned.  Seven months later and we all feel like sheep stuck in the pen!  We are just waiting to engage in the adventure God has planned for us.  Support discovery is going much slower than we anticipated, but we trust in His faithfulness.

Every Monday one of the beautiful women who has been serving at the ranch for a few decades, communicates to me ranch prayer needs. This weekly communication helps my heart stay connected to that place.  In our conversation today I told her we are growing anxious to begin serving The Lord in this way.  At the end of the conversation I said “Maybe the lesson is to just enjoy the process…”

““Why is patience so important?”
“Because it makes us pay attention.”
Paulo Coelho

You have my attention LORD!

Our family is excited to take a trip back up to the ranch this April and reconnect with the ministry that is so dear to our hearts!  We are excited to be able to attend the staff retreat where we, for a brief time get to feel involved in this ministry we hold so dear.  We ask that you would continue to pray for us, that we would enjoy the process!  That we would pay attention to what it is God is working out in us. That we would be sensitive to His leading us to new supporters.   As much as I know He is preparing US, I am confident he is preparing the ranch as well.   Thank you for holding us up in prayer!!!

Tricia Wagner


(As always if you have any questions or would like to communicate with us privately you can email us at flyingwagners@gmail.com)