Beginning a new year and reflecting on the past!

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Today I received a letter from a former employee of Quakerdale.   In the context of the letter he mentioned the value of Quakerdale to the kids that he served in his tenure.  I can attest that when people know you are from Quakerdale they come and they tell you how their life was impacted by it.  Maybe personally or a family member or friend who made important changes in their lif
e.   They received the things they needed to “become.”

I’ve had people on the street, at conferences, in campgrounds and through social media share their stories of growth.  It is inspiring!

How great it is to be a part of a place that helps people “become.”

As 2017 is about to begin  Quakerdale is seeing sweeping changes.  Are they changes we want?  Usually not, because we like good things to stay just like they are!

The nature of things is to change.  We must stretch beyond the comfort of where we are today in order to meet the calling of God for us tomorrow.

It is a bittersweet activity!

Today I reflect on the people we have interacted with for decades and I celebrate them!

  • I revel in their “good”ness for children!  I think of the miracles we have witnessed in lives changed.
  • I ponder how many generations of children and children’s children have been impacted by the changed lives through Quakerdale.
  • I celebrate the super individuals who have shared their lives by working at Quakerdale with our kids.
  • I consider how our workers made our world better.  How they made me better!

Let us celebrate what was and move forward into what will be in 2107 and never forget to share the good news of how Quakerdale has made a difference!  Even better let’s look forward with anticipation how God will  work through us in the years and decades to come!

Have a Merry Christmas and a great 2017 and I hope you will keep Quakerdale in your prayers!  God is doing a great work here!

In Christ,

Robert C. Talbot

Executive Director
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Carla’s Story

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Until eight years ago Carla had a relatively normal life. She lived on a farm in Kellogg and raised eight horses, one wolf and several German Shepherds. Carla suffered a massive stroke and life changed dramatically. Normalcy suddenly was lost.

Carla & Cookie

According to Carla, “Everything became a problem”.

As a result of the incident she was forced to sell the farm and the animals. “I felt helpless,” she said. Since then, Carla learned to live by herself, but her limited mobility and inability to drive has forced her to rely on various agencies to assist with daily living. Iowa Home Care visits Carla three times a week to bathe her and Northstar transports her to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, and around Marshalltown to run her errands. For many years Carla spent a majority of time in her house. Then she was introduced to Quakerdale by a staff member at Northstar.

They had heard of Quakerdale’s new programs and knew Equine Therapy would be a great opportunity for Carla. “When I first came to the Ranch I felt free.” She smiled as she told me that by her second visit she was riding the horse alone and it even jumped. “I wasn’t scared!” she exclaimed.  “I have self-confidence and am in control.  I’m in 7th heaven out here.”


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A Letter from Nikki

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I first stepped foot at the Promise Home in Marshalltown with my twin sister in 2007. I didn’t know what to expect. My mom’s rheumatoid arthritis had gotten so severe that she had to move to the nursing home, my dad was in prison, and my grandmother couldn’t take care of us due to financial constraints. At 16, I was frightened that my sister and I would be placed in the foster care system and separated. She was all I had left. When we were just about to give up, my mother discovered Quakerdale’s Promise Home.

Nikki

Although my sister and I had been very blessed to have a loving mother and grandmother, we had never experienced a stable family unit. Our house parents immediately welcomed us along with many other children. At first, I was angry and defiant due to the turmoil of my past life. I had experienced so much pain and abuse that didn’t know how to cope with my emotions. Yet regardless of my behavior, they listened and loved me.

As time continued I slowly learned how to express my emotions, explore who I was, and build a lasting relationship with Jesus. I gave my life to Christ at Quakerdale and started walking the path He laid out for me.

Quakerdale helped nurture what my mom and grandmother had been teaching me. The Promise Home validated God’s higher purpose for me. Thank you for being there for my sister and me. – Nikki


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