The Refuge Ranch, Inc. was birthed out of a 17 year relationship with Dunklin Memorial Church, Inc., which has operated a drug regeneration ministry for adult men since 1962. Fred Beeson, the founder of The Ranch, has been involved with Dunklin since 1989 and has completed both the Servant Leader Training program and the Inner Healing Training program.
In 2001 Fred began to sense a call from the Lord to open a regeneration program for adult women. In 2002 discussions began with the founder of Dunklin and the President of Dunklin as to how this could be accomplished. An initial attempt to open a facility in Tequesta, Florida failed to reach fruition.
In late 2002 God gave Fred a vision of six single family homes near Dunklin that would provide a place for a program for adult women in addiction. In late 2003 God spoke to Fred and Mickey Evans, the founder of Dunklin, and as a result Dunklin gave 120 acres of land to a newly formed 501-C3 public charity called The Refuge Ranch, Inc. Zoning on this land would allow six single family homes to be built.
Through God’s provision from many donors, money was raised to prepare the land and build the first three homes. These homes were completed in October of 2006. The program began January of 2007.
The ministry exists to provide a home environment and community for women trapped in chemical addiction and their families so that they can be healed and delivered by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this reason the ministry is Christ centered. Therefore, we believe and teach that a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ is a person’s primary objective in life. Because of this we live our personal lives and conduct the affairs of the ministry in a Christ-like way that shows honesty, integrity and unconditional love. We believe that the Bible is the true inspired word of God and is complete and inerrant and therefore is the foundational basis for all teaching of the ministry. Our ability to work with an individual will never be influenced by their financial status. As a result we will work with indigent people.
To the extent possible all the ministry staff will be persons who have been delivered from addiction through a Christian regeneration program and completed the Servant Leadership Training Program. We are deeply committed to staff development and staff care. As a result we will train staff as needed and offer training to others who are called to the ministry of a Christ-centered regeneration program for women.
Based on the teaching of God’s word we will incur no debt and we will share, as God leads us, what He provides with other related ministries.
Our Mission Statement
The Refuge Ranch, Inc. exists as a residential Christian drug and alcohol regeneration program for adult women. The program takes place in single family homes in an agricultural setting. The general nature of its purpose shall be to propagate among all people the Gospel of Jesus Christ based on the records contained in the Holy Bible. It also provides the home environment, Biblical instruction and the work opportunity for women trapped in chemical addiction to become new creatures in Christ Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Through the application of the Gospel to all areas of their lives, they are spiritually and emotionally healed of the pain and suffering of addiction. A critical part of becoming a complete new creature in Christ is for women, to learn to care and provide for a home that is Christ centered. It is also important for women who work outside the home to develop a strong work ethic and demonstrate a Christ-centered life style in the work place. Therefore it is the mission of The Refuge Ranch, Inc. to offer a regeneration ministry to women that provides an environment that promotes the development of these skills.
Because the relationship with Christ should affect all areas of life, it is essential that women receive biblical instruction in the home environment, in the church worship services, in the work place, and on the weekend with their families. Furthermore it is the purpose of The Refuge Ranch, Inc. to train people to provide related ministry at the Refuge Ranch and at other locations.
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