OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
"Sunbelt Christian Youth Ranch is a non-profit ministry
committed to the premise that all children have a right to a
Christian home and family. Our purpose is to provide to
"at-risk" children, regardless of social, religious or ethnic
background, that opportunity. Our goal is to nurture them in
becoming stable, productive Christian citizens."
We are a ministry to at risk
youth. Founded in 1989 for the purpose of establishing and
maintaining a consistent, stable, God honoring environment to
help children overcome the problems in their lives. The most
important means to this end is to share the good news of Jesus
Christ with each child, that they might have the opportunity to
enter into a relationship with Him. We are here to mend their
past by helping them see God's love and presence even through
their difficult circumstances. We mind their presence through
the structure, discipline, and routine of daily life. We mold
their future by instilling hope in the great plans God has for
each one of them.
We believe that God's plan for
children is that they be a member of a family with loving parents to
guide and direct them. We read in Genesis that when God designed the
family, he put a man and a woman in a beautiful garden setting to
raise their children. Every child at Sunbelt becomes part of a ranch
family consisting of house parents who serve as role models and 10
children who interact as brothers and sisters.
Sunbelt is a working ranch with beef
and dairy cattle, horses, pigs, chickens, and rabbits. Each house
raises and cares for its own livestock and grows their own produce. We
enjoy a climate that is favorable to almost year round gardening.
Planting a seed, tending the plant and watching it grow, and finally
harvesting the fruit is a powerful lesson in patience and delayed
gratification. These are lessons that are used throughout scripture to
illustrate what God is trying to do in each of our lives. The children
learn about responsibility and a strong work ethic through these
Sunbelt currently has two houses that are set up for children and we
have another one under construction now as we plan for future needs.
The homes are approximately 3400 square feet, six bedrooms and three
bathrooms designed for 10 children. Each child shares a room and as a
result learns about sharing and getting along in a family setting.
Housework is equally shared. Each home has its own barn and is named
to give it an identity. The "Diamond H" is the Harris house, named
after the founders, Theron and Linda Harris. The "Double D" is named
after George and Grace Decker. The "Rocking R" is named for the Regis
family who were instrumental in helping establish Sunbelt. The Diamond
H is currently not used as a full time Children's house due to age.
Each home has a committed, married,
Christian couple that serves as Mom and Dad to the children in that
home. In everything we do, the inclusion of family is stressed. Our
Greatest need is that of HOUSE PARENTS, who are willing to commit to
our ministry and be a part of what we are able to accomplish at
Children and adults on the Sunbelt Ranch attend Newton Christian
Church in Newton, Mississippi where we participate in Sunday School
and other youth activities there.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND SPONSORSHIP
Sunbelt does not receive any governmental support. Our funding is
derived from the contributions of various congregations and
individuals who, in their vision realize that we must address the
problems that plague children today or we will have to address them as
adults later. Sunbelt grows as much of its own food as possible, and
operates as economically as possible, but we depend upon our
supporters and volunteers.
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