May Update

“…And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7 NASB) Hmmm, how many times have I heard that quote during Easter season in my 68 years? You know what? It’s true! Last Friday the 13th, I had my first experience wrangling sheep and alpacas. Since it’s Spring, and the critters are pretty hairy, it was shearing time. Pete the Sheep was the first um, customer. After we got him on the ground and started in with the shears, he didn’t make a sound! He wasn’t like Kramer, the whiny alpaca, who was calling to his buddy the entire time he was being clipped. So once again, in even the smallest of details, the Bible proves to be accurate. We learn a lot of things here at the Ranch.

We have a praise item (or two) to share this month. Joining us, working in the office on various administrative tasks, is Dave Anderson. He has a half day to give weekly. In addition, Jazmine has a new volunteer from the Parkside Youth who will be assisting her with crafts.

I know this month’s post seems fragmented. That’s only because it is. It’s taken me three weeks to put this together. It usually doesn’t take me this long to complete such a short project. Hmmm… Perhaps in closing I’ll submit the following.

Last Saturday, May 5, there was a work day. Did you know about it? Neither did I. Today I’ve been focusing on how we can be more efficient in our advertising and recruiting for work days, and how we can make sure that every volunteer who shows up can feel fulfilled in what he or she has done at the end of the day.

The next work day is May 19 from 8 AM to 2 PM. Come and join the crew; you’ll enjoy it! For more information, email Aaron Ernst at , or give us a call at (559) 564-2897.

If you would like some information on volunteering with us, click here.

–Gene Richert, Volunteer Coordinator