We target at-risk/under-resourced youth ages 7-18. We provide a counter-cultural experience in this rural setting for children to learn life and relational skills with the Holy Spirit and horses. The horses are a way to teach powerful life lessons that have eternal and spiritual connections.
The working ranch provides opportunities for children to interact with horses and people in a very relaxed, but purposeful, way. As children work alongside mentors they experience horse handling and care, horse communication, social interaction, connection with God and others.
For participants, learning life lessons with equine assistance can have a trickledown effect on their self-esteem, attitude, grade improvement, work performance, and relational skills as they discover their God-given potential.
We believe that with prayer, seized opportunities of mentoring, and intentional discipleship, God can grow these children into productive members of society, active church participants, and ultimately men and women of faith.
Narrow Gate Horse Ranch is an inner city missions program forging unlikely relationships, using horses as a conduit, to foster discipleship with youth and their families.
Our desire is to develop unlikely relationships that translate into discipleship where seeds of hope are planted to break generations of bondage which perpetuate a culture of poverty.
Our vision is that Christ, who came fulfilling Isiah 61, would fulfill it on a personal level within the children who come to the ranch.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy, instead of mourning, and a garment of praise, instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
We are sure that we cannot accomplish this mission on our own. It takes partnering with the local community and the local church to maximize the effect on these children and their families.
Agape Therapeutic Riding Center, Cicero, Indiana
We got our start from this incredible riding center located in Cicero, Indiana. We are forever indebted to their help and vision of unbridled hope through the power of horses.
Reins of Hope, Atlanta, Indiana
Heather Lawson and Kim Marschand have developed a unique ministry that fosters healthy relationship and healing for kids and families. Their gifts of time and training and continued support are invaluable.