June 10, 2012

   Summer at Horse Play is taking on a new look!  Our party barn has been enclosed, and its rustic pioneer theme now includes a livery stable, hotel, and even an old mine (many thanks to Washington Avenue Christian Church for the new additions).  Visualize the traditional red and white checkered table cloths covering tables, and we are stepping up the corporate training side of our ministry.  

   As we continue to serve our community with equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP), we are keenly aware that the target group we wish to serve are most usually the ones with the least ability to have the funds to pay for it.  Through much hard work on our behalf by Twilla and the Samaritan Pastoral Board Members in conjunction with the Bivins Foundation, Horse Play is receiving the benefit of a grant that enables us to serve more entities who would like to receive services, but are unable to afford the cost. However, in an attempt to help Horse Play sustain these groups without needing more grant money in the future, we are now beginning to host more corporate training groups to help with much needed funding.  

   Included on our website is a new Corporate Training Page displaying several pictures of the groups who have already bravely stepped into our Faith Arena (aptly named for some) and tested the metal of their organizations.  The monies received from these organizations are helping to keep Horse Play in the ministry of continuing to serve "at risk" youth and their families as well as reaching out into various other venues including women's groups and the military.  If you know of any companies who might be interested in a retreat or team building/leadership event, please direct them to our website.

   We continue to work with the amazing youth at the Presbyterian Children's Home, Arrow Child & Family Ministries, CareNet, children and parents from Amarillo Independent School District's Safe School's Program, and always individual clients with their families.  In the very near future, we are going to be able to begin working with the Texas Panhandle Center's kids on probation, and we are in the process of trying to get funding to be able to work with the ladies in Patsy's House from Sharing Hope Ministries.  We are looking forward to working with the ladies from the Abba House at the Downtown Women's Center this fall.  We are so grateful for the opportunities we are being given to serve these organizations.  

   We always like to highlight the many volunteers who are always helping wherever there is a need.  Mark Wolfe has been with our ministry from its conception and continues to serve in every way imaginable.  Ellen Lansbury has been a constant help not always seen, but helping to prepare for groups and her expertise with the horses has been invaluable.  Our Sunday School class at Washington Avenue Christrian Church have shown their support by painting, offering supplies, and always the praying for God's continued guidance as we tread in unknown waters. Dawn Wells, Dean Carroll, Brian Booker and his Sunday School Class, Jody & Brenda Stone and Arden & Pat Dawson have helped in ways not many see, but God knows.  Thank you so much to all our volunteers because we cannot do this alone.
Lord bless you all and have a great summer!

Frank & Becky Foster