Perhaps, after reading the book, Freedom Through Forgiveness,
you feel that you need personal ministry time with Pastor Nathan. We make
one-week intensives available upon request and can provide transportation to the
Ranch from the airport when you arrive.
During your stay here at Shepherd’s Heart Ranch, Pastor Nathan and his
assistant(s) will be sitting down with you in one of our private offices for
counseling sessions each morning. During the first day, each team member will
give a brief testimony of how God has brought healing into their life before
listening to the details of your background and personal history. We want to
hear your story, but also want you to feel comfortable before sharing with us.
We hope that by hearing our stories, you will feel you are among fellow
strugglers who understand your pain, and will also be encouraged by hearing how
we are now walking in wholeness and freedom because of forgiveness.
|Each day we will be
asking the Holy Spirit to identify places in your past where pain is still alive
and holding you back; areas where the enemy has a right to oppress you, and
where there are lies and deception residing in you. You will then be given
assignments to pray over and time alone to enjoy our ranch and time with the
Father. Mornings are a great time to spend with the Lord, and our Ranch provides
ample amount of space and activities. Feel free to take a relaxing stroll along
our country roads, or enjoy a hike up one of the surrounding mountains. If you
enjoy working outdoors, we have fruit tree orchards and vegetable/herb gardens
for you to assist in. There are also chickens and sheep on the property if you
enjoy working with animals and eating fresh eggs every morning for breakfast.
There is even a pool if you just want to cool off and relax in the sun during
the heat of the day. And during the evenings you can enjoy the warmth and
comfort of gathering around a campfire with people who love Jesus and care
deeply about your healing.
Wanda and our resident interns will prepare all of your meals, but if you enjoy
cooking, you are more than welcome to use the kitchen and help prepare the food.
We enjoy eating our meals around a big table as a family, and encourage you to
“break bread” with us as we give thanks to God for our food, and enjoy the
company and conversation of one another during meal times. We hope to share our
hospitality and peace of God that rests on this ranch with you.
Each day we will be asking the Holy Spirit to identify places in the past where
pain is still alive and holding you back; places where the enemy has a right to
oppress you, places where there are lies and deception. You will then be given
assignments to pray over and time alone to walk down our country road, time to
meditate while being in the garden, hiking, petting the sheep, or feeding
chickens. In the summer you might want to sit out by the pool, or in the winter,
sit next to a warm fireplace.
We all share lunch together that Wanda or the interns have prepared and you will
experience her gift of hospitality and the peace of God that rests on our little
ranch. Wanda will no doubt want to show you her chickens and let you help her
gather the eggs each afternoon or pick some fruit from our trees, grapevines, or
beans from our garden.
||When marriages have been “stuck in a rut” and
just can’t seem to get down to the root of the problem, we have found that our
one-week intensives do wonders. During their stay, couples enjoy their own
fully-furnished bedroom or private camping trailer retreat on the back part of
the property. They can have their own breakfast each morning (food provided), or
can enjoy a big country style breakfast prepared by our team and eaten around
the table as one big family.
During the mornings, our men’s team will arrive to help Pastor Nathan in prayer
and counseling with the husband. Then after enjoying lunch together, our ladies
will arrive in the afternoon to work with the wife. While we are ministering to
the husband, the wife will have the mornings free to pray, walk, and spend time
with the Lord, and visa ersa with the husband during the afternoons while we are
ministering to his wife. There are many
|activities to enjoy on
the ranch while you are here, but there is also ample room and space to find a
secluded place to carve out those imtimate moments with the Lord and each other.
|Throughout the first four days, both husband
and wife separately work through past hurts from parents, siblings,
ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends, church family, sexual sins, abortions,
addictions, etc., and we work towards forgiving their spouse. Then on day five,
having already forgiven each other from the heart and with the help of our team,
we help them bring up a few painful things done or said between each other, and
with the anger gone, they share the pain they feel and finally get to hear their
spouse say, “I am sorry. Please forgive me and let me try again.”
Many couples have revealed that, “For the first time ever, we experienced
true intimacy.” Others have remarked that they “came into marriage with a
wall around my heart from my mom or dad or ex-husband or ex-wife, and today, I
took it down for the first time. We are closer now than we have ever been before.”
it doesn’t take 5 days? I tell all the couples, if they get their “homework”
done early, they can enjoy a day at Sea World or the San Diego Zoo or enjoy the
beach. Often they go and enjoy a second brief honeymoon and our guest quarters
become a Honeymoon Suite.
If you are interested in booking a one-week intensive, we provide transportation
to/from the airport, provide the lodging, food and utilities. The
Shepherd’s Heart Ranch has efficient, quiet
central air and heat. The counseling sessions are held in one of our private
offices; fully furnished with comfortable couches and chairs, and quietly
secluded from the rest of the house.
To book a week of ministry, please contact us and we will arrange your personal
ministry time. A deposit is required to reserve your special week. (Pictures are
located under Shepherd’s Heart Ranch).