Thursday, December 6, 2007

His Princess


We wanted to let you all know of a program we will be implementing with the children who come to King's Ranch. This is something we do with our own children and feel that God would have us share it with them.

For the girls, we've used His Little Princess material by Sherri Rose Shepherd (www.hisprincess.com). We as women and girls have always dreamed of being a princess! We dream as little girls of being rescued by a knight in shining armour and living happily ever after! When we come to know Jesus as our Savior, we become children of God (John 1:12). Because we are children of the King of Kings, we are royalty (1Peter 2:9)! We are His daughters, His princesses! Jesus is our knight in shining armour who rescues us (Galatians 1:3-4) and we do get to live happily ever after in the most amazing place - Heaven (Philippians 3:20)!


When each of our girls come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, we have a crowning ceremony for them! This is a grand event! We have a progressive dinner. At our first stop we learn that Jesus is our King! He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev.19:16)! At our second stop, we learn that God knew us and loved us before we were even born(Psalm 139:13)! At the third stop, we learn that God loved us so much, that He sent his only son, Jesus, to die for us (John 3:16)! The girls received their tiaras to be worn as a symbol to remind them that they are children of the King (John 1:12) and they have a royal calling on their lives (Ephesians 2:10)!



When each girl turns 10, we have a preparation ceremony for her to encourage her to prepare to carry out God's perfect plan for her life. This evening is based on the book of Esther. It is a night full of fun beauty treatments as we focus on what it means to have a beautiful mind, body, and spirit in God's eyes. And at age 13, we have a purity ceremony where we focus on remaining pure in thought and action as a child of the King! This night starts with a special dinner with just mom and dad and of course everything is decorated in white, including the dresses worn by all the princesses.





The boys have based their program on the book "Raising a Modern Day Knight". They have taken many adventurous outings while they focus on what it means to be a real man- a modern day knight! Using Jesus as the ultimate example of knighthood! Like the girls, the boys will have ceremonies to mark significant milestones in their lives!

These programs been such a blessing for our families! It's a blessing we need to share with kids who have a painful past. Kids who don't feel they have much worth. For them to come to know Jesus and realize that they have immense worth! They were worth so much to Him that he died for them! They are CHILDREN OF THE KING!



All for the King,




Eddie and Lee

ps. more pics below

Thursday, October 25, 2007

King's Ranch on KAIT 8

KAIT Channel 8 in Jonesboro did a story on King's Ranch. Click below to view the video.

video

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

God Never Ceases To Amaze Us...


I have to admit that we were wondering if the rummage sale would be worth all the work it took to get it together, but God did so much more than we could have imagined. We raised almost $1000 dollars on the first day. That night we talked about how we probably would not make much the next day because all of our merchandise was gone. Wrong again!! God amazed us by sending a $1000 dollar donation by 8:30am that morning! The grand total for the whole weekend was almost $2900 dollars! WOW!


As if that were not enough, we were contacted by KAIT about doing a story on King's Ranch and promoting the rummage sale. They did a wonderful story that ran on Friday. We will be posting the video on our blog soon for all who missed it when it aired. Several people came to the sale because they saw the story and we've had several calls from interested supporters!
We were so blessed to have had several people volunteer for setting up , helping customers, and clean up! Thank you to our helpers!! We could not have done it without you!!



"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the chuch and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!" Ephesians 3:20-21




All for the King,

Eddie and Lee

P.S. Be sure to check out pictures below!

Friday, October 12, 2007

News from the Ranch

The dinner for our prospective advisory board was a great success!! We had 48 people who attended to hear more about King's Ranch and consider joining us as advisory board members! God definitely was there and the holy spirit empowered Eddie and I to give our testimonies and share the vision He has given us for King's Ranch! Speaking in front of people is one of my greatest fears and as it turns out, running King's Ranch is going to require a lot of that. Once again, God reminds me that when I am weak, He is strong! Please pray for those who are still deciding about joining the board.


Eddie met with the city planner a week or so ago. They have found a cost effective way for us to proceed with building our first house. Just as we were preparing to submit our application to the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, a house came up for sale that adjoins our property. Please pray that if this is God's leading that we could agree on a reasonable price. We need God to light the path for us in this matter- build or buy? We will let you know more details as this situation progresses.

Rummage Sale is next weekend. We are still taking donated pre-priced items up until Wednesday. You can drop it off at 1005 Rossland Drive. We also would love to have any volunteers to help take money, set up merchandise, etc.

We can't express to you how your encouragement and support helps us keep pressing on even in the face of opposition. Thank you so much!

All for the King,

Eddie and Lee

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

News from the Ranch

The jam sale was a success! We raised almost $400.00 and still have more jam left to sell! The kids loved getting to participate in helping raise money for King's Ranch! We gave out our brochure and fact sheet to all who donated or purchased the jam, and all were very interested in knowing about the ranch! Thanks for praying! We will schedule another jam sale soon.

This Thursday we have a meeting with the city planner to discuss the construction of our lst home. We need to have a sewer, water, electric, and road plan in place BEFORE we go back to the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission Meeting. Please pray that we will find favor in the eyes of city officials, and that they would desire to help us cost effectively make King's Ranch a reality. We want to be good stewards of the resources God has blessed us with!

We are still working toward our rummage sale on October 19th and 20th. Board members, Shannon and Jeff Puryear, have graciously offered to organize and host this event at their home. A big thank you to them! We have also submitted a letter to Chick-fil-A asking them to help underwrite the travel expenses, facility costs, etc. of our Phillips, Craig, and Dean benefit concert. We hope to hear from them soon!

Finally, we will have a chili supper on October 11th at our home for our prospective advisory board members. Please pray that God would lead each person to know his will in this matter and that he would put the people he desires on the board.

Thank all of you for your encouragement, support, and most of all, for your prayers!

"On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many." 2 Corinthians 1:10-11


All for the King,

Eddie and Lee

Thursday, September 13, 2007

News From The Ranch

Late summer and early fall has been busy here at the ranch. In July, we submitted our application for the conditional use permit that is required on our land prior to building our first home. We were surprised to find that we were met with opposition! I guess any work of God is usually met with opposition, but it's always hard when it happens to you. The city recommended that we put in very expensive infrastucture that would cost several hundreds of thousands before even starting the construction of the first home, so we realized we needed to go back to the drawing board. God has been so faithful in this process! On one of our lowest days, we went to the mailbox to find a wonderfully encouraging note from one of you with a sizable contribution to the ranch! God is always right on time to meet our needs! We needed encouragement and confirmation of his call that day, and he gave us both!! He has also provided a wise counselor in Gary and Linda Ezell, our neighbors. Gary and Linda are both godly people and very mission-minded! Gary has much knowledge about city requirements and gaining necessary permits for construction. He has helped us so much! Truely he has been sent by God! We plan to go back to the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission as soon as we can, hopefully October.

FUND RAISING:
Eddie has been in contact with Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig and Dean and they have agreed to come and do a fund raiser for the ranch. We will give details as they become available.
The ranch is home to a large blackberry crop and our children had a wonderful idea as we were picking blackberries one day. They wanted to pick the blackberries, make jam and sell it outside of Walmart to raise money and publicity for the ranch. So, after working hard all summer, our first annual blackberry jam fundraiser will take place this weekend and next outside of Walmart on Parker Road.
We also have a rummage sale planned for October 19th and 20th. So clean out your closets and if you have anything you'd like to donate, bring it by Shannon Puryear's house at 1008 Rossland by Tuesday, October 16th.

PRAYER NEEDS:
Please pray that God would change the hearts of those opposing us. That he would open their eyes and hearts to see that this is His work. Pray that the conditional use permit would be granted so we can continue on toward our first home.

Pray that our fundraisers would go well and many people would learn about the ranch through our distribution of literature during these events.