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NEWSLETTER

stories from the ranch
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Vice President's Letter
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Construction Update
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A Glimpse of the Future
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Statistics
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Women's Event
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Finding Freedom on the Fairway
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How You Can Help
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Finding Freedom Ranch is seeking to hire a part time Development Director. Apply today!

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Our Theme Verse

SPRING 2024

As we look forward towards what this year will bring, we also reflect on the year gone by, recognizing God’s gracious and faithful help. It’s a reminder of Psalm 121:2 “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” That same God supplies us with continued promises, giving us a spirit of power, love and self-discipline to propel us into a new year with Him as our source.

“For the Spirit God 
gave us does not 
make us timid, but 
gives us power, love 
and self-discipline.”

2 TIMOTHY 1:7

At Finding Freedom Ranch, this is our theme and goal for 2024, especially as we continue to press forward with our building plans and seek to walk along side of young women struggling with eating disorders, helping them to heal their hearts with the mind of Christ. 


What a comfort this verse is! It reminds us that we are empowered with the very spirit of Jesus Christ as we set out to follow after Him. We don’t have to go through life alone. God gives us power.

“Power. The original word is dynamis, it’s where we get the modern word dynamic. The power Paul speaks of is not human power but supernatural. Fear tells us we are weak; God’s Spirit makes us strong.”


“Love. This is agape, divine love. It’s the fierce, wild love of God in and for us. Fear tells us to withdraw; God Spirit empowers us to reach out.” 


“Self-discipline. The word sophronismos can also be translated as “sound mind”. It’s an inner alignment with truth, a deep knowing that makes us brave. Fear tells us lies—we can’t, we’re not enough, we’re going to fail; God’s Spirit assures us we will prevail.” 
(Holley Gerth)


“Saying these words doesn’t mean our fear will magically go away—Paul compares 
the life of faith to a fight, after all. But it 
will remind us that we, like Timothy, have everything we need to move forward in faith and finish strong.” (Holley Gerth)


We at Finding Freedom Ranch invite you to embrace this verse with us. Together we can, with God’s Spirit proceed ahead in this year with boldness. Boldness in prayer. Boldness in financial support. Boldness to walk along side those struggling with an eating disorder. 


Anticipating His Greatness!
Lynda

HEALING THE HEART OF AN EATING DISORDER WITH THE MIND OF CHRIST.
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Construction Update

Land Development March 22, 2024

 

Finding Freedom Ranch at this writing has begun construction of our first building, The Lodge. This will be used for our Mom’s and Transformed group meetings, committee meetings, and counseling. God continues to bless us with generous contractors. We obtained our building permit and the foundation, underground mechanicals, and concrete work are 

completed. We are working on getting lumber pricing and hope to decide on contractors soon. From there we will evaluate funds to ensure we have enough to continue construction. Please keep us in your prayers, as FFR continues to move forward by God’s grace.

Fred Hulst

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May 31, 2023

Prayer night &

dedication

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June 20, 2023

Groundbreaking

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July 13, 2023

WOOD-TV 8 visits our build site

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August 16, 2023

Sewer and Water Lines

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August 26, 2023

Roads are in

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April 15, 2024

Construction of the Lodge begins

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FINDINGFREEDOMRANCH

A Glimpse of the Future

We are thrilled to share with you a collection of renderings giving us 
an exciting glimpse of what’s to come at Finding Freedom Ranch!

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THE "STABLES"

To be nestled alongside the pasture for our horses.

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THE "LODGE"

Designed to house activities, support groups and administrative offices.

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Eating Disorder
Statistics

It is for all these reasons that we fight to rescue young women battling eating disorders. 

We invite you to come alongside us as 
we work to heal the heart of an eating

disorder with the mind of Christ. 

ANOREXIA NERVOSA STATISTICS

Anorexia Prevalence
It is estimated that 1.0% to 4.2% of women 
have suffered from anorexia in their lifetime.


Anorexia Mortality Rates
Anorexia has the highest fatality rate 
of any mental illness.

It is estimated that 4% of individuals with 
anorexia die from complications of the disease.


Access to Anorexia Treatment
Only one third of individuals struggling with anorexia nervosa in the United States obtain treatment.

BULIMIA NERVOSA STATISTICS

Bulimia Prevalence
It is estimated that up to 4% of females in the United States will have bulimia during their lifetime.


Bulimia Mortality Rates
3.9% of individuals with bulimia will die.


Access to Bulimia Treatment
Of those practicing bulimia, only 6% obtain treatment.

GENERAL STATISTICS ON EATING DISORDERS

Eating disorders are a daily struggle 
for 10 million females in the United States.


Four out of ten individuals have either 
personally experienced an eating disorder 
or know someone who has.

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WOMEN'S NIGHT

On March 24 we gathered for our very first Women's night at The Pavilion at Railside. It was a beautiful night! Over 200 women gathered around tables to enjoy a fabulous meal and hear about where our freedom is found. Our purpose was to hear from God’s word, enjoy the women in our lives and to spread the word that Finding Freedom Ranch is coming soon.


Our speaker for the night, Erin Davis, spoke from the book of Galatians and touched on a few different verses. Galations 5:1 says “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”. This is a great verse to stand on!


It was a great evening of celebrating the gift of Christ and looking ahead at what the future looks like for Finding Freedom Ranch. And yes, the same time and place for next year! Save the date for March 20, 2025. Erin will be coming back to encourage us as women equipped with the freedom found in the finished work of Christ.

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FINDING FREEDOM ON THE FAIRWAY

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SATURDAY

AUGUST 3

This year’s golf outing will again be at Orchard Hills! Help us turn our land into a place where freedom can be found by participating in our golf fundraiser. We are getting SO close thanks to our great God supplying so many faithful donors! Just find four people for a 4-person scramble and sign up to benefit Finding Freedom Ranch in our endeavor to walk alongside those battling eating disorders.


Your team’s $450 registration fee includes 18 holes 
of golf with cart, light lunch at the turn, plus dinner following golf and an exclusive Finding Freedom Ranch t-shirt! You will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and compete in contests for some pretty great prizes! Business owners, this is a fantastic way to promote your business! Please consider becoming a sponsor.  Choose from the following options:

GOLD Sponsor - $1,500

Golf fee, t-shirts and dinner for your team

Business name with your logo on back of shirt

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Social media shout out with link to your website

SILVER Sponsor - $1,000

Golf fee, t-shirts and dinner for your team

Business name listed on back of shirt
Sponsor sign with logo at event
Social media shout out with link to your website

BRONZE Sponsor - $350

Sponsor sign with logo at event
Social media shout out with link to your website

For more information and to sign up, visit 
www.findingfreedomranch.org/golf


Still have questions? 
Contact Jen Huyser at findingfreedomranchtreasurer@gmail.com or (616) 634-0274 or Homer Burgess at (616) 204-7152.

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How You Can Help

Learn how you can help at: www.findingfreedomranch.org

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TALK

We encourage you to join us in spreading the story of Finding Freedom Ranch.


Tell others about what we’re doing now and are planning for the future.


Encourage any young women or moms you know who need support to reach out and join one of our groups. 


Together, we can help others find freedom.

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GIVE

Would you consider partnering with us as we turn our land into a place where freedom can be found?


Through one-time, recurring, planned giving and sponsorships, our dream of providing Michigan’s first faith-based in-patient eating disorder facility can come true. 

Visit our website to learn more 
about giving opportunities or contact :
Jen Huyser findingfreedomranchtreasurer@gmail.com 

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PRAY

In addition to our other support opportunities, we humbly ask for your prayers to cover all aspects of Finding Freedom Ranch.

  • Pray that God is glorified through our work.

  • Pray for those working on our land.

  • Pray for the families we serve through our support groups.

  • Pray for those affected by eating disorders who have yet to find the help they desperately need.

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