This Spring the last of the founders of the Ranch passed on to their heavenly reward. It was around 60 years ago that two couples came together to build a kid’s camp in the hills of rural, North Western Pennsylvania. Their vision: To share the love of Christ and the hope found in Jesus, while using horses as a tool. It was the amazing love that they had experienced in their own lives that was the driving force to share it with so many others. I was brought to salvation under the ministry of Dr. Dale and Mrs Opal Linebaugh as a child, and now I find myself in the Director’s role of a ministry that has had an eternal impact in my life.
Miracle Mountain Ranch is not a monument to the Linebaugh or Sickler families, but rather it is a legacy of faithful obedience and commitment to the Great Commission. The mantel has been since handed off as each year passes, and as we see ourselves getting older, we also see the Lord raising up the next generation to carry on. Each year and each new generation has its unique challenges, but the truths of the Word of God remain steadfast during the most turbulent times. This is the legacy that we hold to, that God’s truth and love for His children is eternal and enduring, and as long as He sustains us, we will continue to use this mountaintop as a way of leading others to Him.
This summer our theme is Amazing Love, our goal is to help kids understand just how great God’s love must be for them that He sent His only Son to stand in our place and pay the ultimate price for our sins. But it doesn’t stop there. Christ also imparts on us His righteousness when we accept His gift of eternal life. It doesn’t get any more amazing than that! 1John 4:7-11 – “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the lov
e of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. ”