Hello and Welcome to this post about Willow Springs Boys Ranch in Chandler Oklahoma.
Willow Springs Boys Ranch (WSBR) has become as the Blues Brothers would say, “Our mission from God”. For some of you reading this, it is the first you’ve heard of WSBR and of our new journey as House Parents.
The mission of WSBR is to model the transforming love of Jesus Christ to boys in need, at risk or in a family crisis. We attempt to do this is in a family-style environment in which we strive to help boys develop the tools to navigate the challenges of life. WSBR is a long-term residential care program that helps boys find appropriate ways to deal with the conflicts and struggles of life. We strive to develop coping skills, relational skills and character development. When boys leave the Ranch it is our goal to send them out as productive, confident leaders for their families and community.
Willow Springs is built on faith and here is what we believe
We believe in one living and true God, the Creator of all things, perfect in love and righteousness. He is eternally existent as a Trinity of persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the one and only begotten Son of God, eternally with the Father and Holy Spirit. We believe in his miraculous physical birth and sinless life. We believe that his atoning death on the cross and the power of his bodily resurrection make him the only mediator between God and humans. Following his resurrection he ascended to the Father and will return in power and glory.
We believe in the Holy Spirit eternally with the Father and the Son. He convicts us of sin, leads us to divine mercy and grace, indwells our hearts, empowering us to live a godly life and imparts discernment and gifts to us for service.
We believe that God made humans in His image that he might have a relationship with us. This relationship was broken by original sin and as a result all people are sinful and separated from God. We are incapable of restoring a right relationship with God on our own. We are dependent on His divine grace.
We believe in the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments as the holy and inspired Word of God. We believe the Bible to be the inerrant, authoritative source of truth and the final rule in all matters of faith and practice. It proclaims God’s redemptive plan and leads us to God’s grace.
We believe that Salvation comes to those who by faith alone place their trust in Christ alone for His redemption and grace. Salvation is a free gift and cannot be earned.
We believe in the Church as the Body of Christ. The Church is the fellowship of persons professing their faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. The purpose of the Church is to proclaim the saving message of the Gospel and to continue Christ’s ministry in the world.
Okay so how did we find ourselves involved at WSBR? It is, as my wife would say, “A long story”. It has in fact been a journey that has been a year in the making just to get us to our first day.
With a calm spirit and giant step of faith, I decided it was time to leave my “worldly job”. We thought another would come along quickly and in fact, what I would have considered the opportunity of a lifetime, ended up in my lap in what we thought was excellent timing. It was a job in the industry I knew and loved. It was great pay, great benefits, great people and great pay (did I already mention that one?). It did have one downside, we would need to move to Ohio. No problem I thought. This is from God and I am from Ohio. We prayed. We prayed alone, together with Elders and with friends. I flew to Ohio for one last trip of wining and dining. I accepted the offer and boarded a plane to head home on a Thursday evening. Thinking God had really stepped in and said here you go Jason. I was set to catch a plane back to Kentucky for a trade show in two weeks. However, boy does a however really change a story. However, the following Monday I made an early morning phone call to Ohio and informed them I would not be catching that return flight. I told them it was not well with my spirit and I greatly appreciated their offer and just like that I watched my “worldly dreams” fly off into the sunset. I struggled with the decision for months. What had I done? Was I wrong? Was I just too scared? Was I doubting my ability? Nope, I was just listening to wise counsel and the urging of the Holy Spirit. That was September of 2015. The job search began and I was the best candidate for many of the jobs where I interviewed. Interview after interview we received the answer of “We are going to keep looking at other candidates”. It baffled both my wife and myself. Why weren’t we getting a job? Simply put, God was further preparing us to totally rely on him and his provision. He has increased our faith by watching how he provided over the last year. Friends, family, fill in jobs here and there and just like that the bills were getting paid. We were even fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to take a family vacation before heading to the Ranch.
Yes that was a long story, but as I said it took an entire year. So how did we end up at the Ranch? Back around April / May an Elder from church approached me and asked me to send him my contact information. He wanted to send it on to a friend at a Boys Ranch. He thought we would be a good fit as house parents. I thought about it for a day and decided that I trust the Elders of my church so I sent him my information. After all what could it hurt? We had some initial contact with the Ranch, some meetings and lunches, coffee with Board members and decided it wasn’t for us. I was holding on to one last possibility at a “worldly job”. We prayed again, God if you want us at the Ranch then close all the other doors. Please don’t make me have to choose. God waited and waited. We called the Ranch back and started up conversation again about the opportunity. They had since turned down another couple and were praying about Joni and I. They felt God was leading them saying we were the right ones to fill the spot. We prayed again God please if this is your calling, if this is your will for us make it clear. He immediately closed every door. He even closed the one side job I was working, leaving us with no income at all. He had answered our prayers. Yes, God had answered our prayers and made it very clear where he wanted us to be. He wanted us at Willow Springs Boys Ranch. It has been a tough journey and I am sure there are tough days ahead. However,(this time it’s a good however.) However, we know he has led us here. We know his plans are greater than what we could have ever found outside of his will. My God is good and has called us to something we would have never picked or chosen to do on our own. Much like Moses, and Noah we have chosen to walk by faith and not by sight. Sure we could take the Jonah way out but I don’t fish so…
Thank you for taking time to read up on our story and I truly believe God when he says I will give you the desires of your heart and I believe he is transforming our hearts to desire this calling. Please don’t be fooled and think God will only call you to what you are comfortable with or think you would be good at doing, or even something you think would be fun.
Romans 8:27-28 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
For more information please visit http:// www.wsbr.ws
If you want to know how you can partner with us please see the following
PRAY! – As we transition we pray for the hearts of the boys there (4 teenagers!) to receive us well, for our children to feel secure in our love for them as we bring more children into the fold and for us to have the wisdom to minister to them well. Three of the boys do not know Christ. Please pray for their salvation.
GOODS – Consider donating, food (Venison? YES!) and dry goods (i.e. paper products, laundry soap). Anything that will help us to stretch a very tight grocery budget.
DONATE – You can make a one-time or monthly tax-deductible donation to WSBR in our name to help support us in our work there. Please specify “MOORE FAMILY” in the memo.
Thank you for considering how you can be a part of this Kingdom work. May God richly bless you!
Grace and Peace,
The Moore Family
Jason, Joni, Kallyn and Gannon