Dr. Thomas and Juanita Horn (partly adapted from Wikipedia and the official website of Royal Family Kid’s Camps)
Dear friends of SkyWatch TV and Whispering Ponies Ranch
Every year, more than 3.2 million children in America are reported as sex-trafficked, abused, abandoned or neglected. One in seven Americans are sexually abused as children. Tragically, 1,500 to 2,000 children die each year at the hands of their caretakers. And the remainder are simply (sadly) neglected or experience a combination of these abuses.
But there is hope for many of those children through the Whispering Ponies Ranch partnership with YOU and the Royal Family Kids organization! Since 1985, RFK has been offering week-long specialized summer camps specifically designed to restore children of abuse who have been placed in foster care. In the past, some kids could not attend these special services due to the cost-preventative nature of camp-expenses per-child. BUT AT WPR ALL AMENITIES—from food services and lodging to expert recreational and counseling staff—ARE PROVIDED AT NO COST, which means no child has to be turned away. We can do this because when people purchase books and products from the SkyWatch TV Store, a large portion of every sale goes to underwrite WPR’s operational expenses. Secondly, Pony Sponsors (the best people on earth!) partner directly with WPR’s healing ministry by contributing to the operating and construction costs of the retreat facility as well as the care of these life-changing therapy horses–their foods, veterinary care, farrier, and so on.
The Camp Directors, staff and counselors that use WPR go through intensive training, including a study of the dynamics of child abuse and neglect, using recognized professionals in the field as faculty. There is also an intensive screening process—including criminal background checks—for all counselors and staff.
There are strict policies for behavior of campers, counselors and staff which assure that there is never an opportunity for an unsafe or questionable situation. Additionally, several strict and important measures are taken to ensure the camps are safe for the children. The campsite itself has been especially selected to provide a safe, fun place for the camp experience. And the food is nutritious and great tasting!
As you know, Nita and I have invested our life’s savings into these ministries (SkyWatch TV and Whispering Ponies Ranch) in order to spread the saving knowledge of Jesus to the world as well as to REMEMBER THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN AND ADULTS that sadly so many “ministries” overlook, such as the abused and discarded kids you are helping us reach—and heal.
For those that have and are providing financial support, ongoing gifts, or have “Sponsored a WPR Therapy Pony” with a one-time gift or monthly pledge as well as those who might want to consider doing so, we are pleased to share the “safe” video below from a recent camp, which YOU made happen through your generous donations (the video is called “safe” as it does not share the faces of children thought to be in precarious family situations). We are showing this precious snippet with you because we want you to see how your faith and investment in this ministry continues to grow as funds are made available through your contributions!