At H.O.P.E.-full Pastures, we strive to create a safe, therapeutic environment to help vulnerable youth overcome fear, loss, and trauma. Our hope is to restore lives by promoting healing, order, peace, and encouragement through animal-assisted services.
H.O.P.E.-full Pastures exists to provide a secure atmosphere where each individual can receive acceptance, a positive experience for children (ages 5-21), and families to learn healthy coping skills through animal-assisted sessions in a peaceful, calm, and rural setting. They, also, learn about the saving hope of Jesus Christ,
H.O.P.E.-full Pastures is a faith-based ministry organization. The Founders, Board of Directors, and volunteer staff of H.O.P.E.-full Pastures believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. He is our Lord and Savior, our Redeemer, the Restorer of all things, and the coming King. We believe the Bible is the living, active Word of God, perfect in every word and without error. It is our greatest desire to serve our Heavenly Father by the demonstration of our faith through action. Faith on the farm is expressed through “living example” to those we work with. It is our highest honor and privilege to serve children and families of all backgrounds with the same loving grace that has so freely been given to us. As a result of this foundation, all of our programs are structured accordingly.
We Affirm the Christian Alliance for Orphans Core Principles
God’s Heart and Ours: God is vested, deeply and personally, in the plight of the orphan- and in all who are destitute and defenseless (Deut. 10:18; Psalm 10:14; Psalm 68:5-6; Isaiah 58:5-12). He calls His people to join Him in this, sharing His passion for orphans and bring to each child the love of Jesus Christ in both word and deed (Isaiah 1:17; James 1:27; Matthew 25:40).
Responsive Love: To act upon God’s call to care for orphans is not merely a matter of duty or reaction to need. It is first a response to the Gospel: the loving Father who sought us, adopted us, and invites us to live as His sons and daughters (1 John 4:19; Ephesians 1:15; Galatians 4:6).
Commitment to the Whole Child: To meet only spiritual or only physical needs of an orphan is incomplete (` John 3:17; James 2:16; Mark 8:36). Christian love seeks to address both. Even a cup of water given to quench the momentary thirst of a child is of eternal value (Matthew 10:42). Yet of surpassing greatness is to know Jesus as Lord (Philippians 3:8). So just as in the ministry of Jesus, we should always hold together the meeting of physical need with the Gospel and our hope that every child will know God’s love deeply and personally.
Priority of Family: God created the family as the ideal environment for every child, and the best outcome for an orphan is to know the love of a permanent family. Given the vast and complex needs facing orphans worldwide, this is not always possible. However, priority should always be placed on family-based solutions, and any long-term care should be as permanent, nurturing, and close to family as is feasible for a particular situation.
Role of Residential Care: Crisis situations demand residential care for children, including orphanages. To the fullest extent possible, however, residential care should be viewed as short-term and transitional. In general, the goal for each orphaned child should be to seek a solution as far as feasible along a “continuum” toward permanent family: large group homes, small group homes, foster care, kinship care, and ultimately, full adoption whenever willing families can be found.
Family Preservation: Whenever possible, children classified as “orphans” that have one surviving parent nor other relatives should be helped to remain with family members. Efforts that enable families to stay together and prevent children from ending up in orphanages or on the streets are a vital part of the response to the global orphan crisis.
Central Role of Local Church: The local church in every nation possesses both the Christian mandate and many other resources needed to care for the world’s orphans in a nurturing, family-based environment. Every initiative to care for orphans should prioritize and honor the role of the local church, carefully pairing what foreign resources may be necessary with indigenous believers willing to open their hearts and homes to orphans in their community.