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Joe and Melody Pratt: Joe has been around horses all his life and has been training horses for over 25 years. Melody has ridden and worked with horses for most of her life. It is our desire to make a difference through the Exodus Ranch. To love those who are struggling, to give a safe and loving place to children and adults and introduce them to the healing power of Jesus and horses. We want to be the hands and feet of Christ. That doesn't always look the same for every person. For us, it means to show the love of Christ, not just talk about it. Through cowboy camps and riding lessons, rodeo and arena fun, playing and working, we want our lives to show His love. And now, we feel led to do more.
The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect. A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. The Percentage of children abused, is terrifying!
Physical Abuse 28.3
Sexual Abuse 20.7
Emotional Abuse 10.6
Physical Neglect 9.9
Emotional Neglect 14.8
To put this in perspective: This would PACK 10 modern football stadiums...not with cheering fans, but with hurting children in need of love and a family.
Many of these children end up in Foster Care. Joe and I, along with some very dear friends, have been praying through on how we can help. We feel it is the goal of the Exodus Ranch to expand and offer a safe place, love and family to children in the system, as well as women and children who have been caught in sex trafficking market. We want to use the horses and other livestock as therapy, to help them heal, to teach them responsibility and to help them earn scholarship money for education, so they are able to support themselves in the future. To accomplish this, we need to rely on God to provide the finances, property, buildings, equipment and people to bring it all together. We covet your prayers as we are working through the process of getting our non-profit status so we can begin raising the needed funds! If you are interested in becoming a prayer parter in this venture or have ideas to help in our fund raising efforts, Please contact us! Thank you for your prayers!
Joe and Melody