Sky Ranch Blog
Blog by Charis Flake
Early on in the Fellowship, I found myself sitting in the top of an old barn faced with a simple, elementary question. My manager asked me “who is God to you?”
F.E.L.L.O.W.S.H.I.P - Jamie Swartzentruber
What is the Fellowship? What am I learning? What is my life right now?
What If - Garrett Henson
This is my third attempt at writing this blog post.
The Fellows Club - Madeline Rowe
We are all so different, but we are also so similar. We all came to the fellowship with different expectations, but we were all called by Christ to this small town in East Texas for the same purpose: to learn how to glorify God through service and to how to look more like Christ. Our pledge verse that we chose to live by for the year is Philippians 2:1-11 which states:
It’s a good day because the gospel is true - Trent Pickens
I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop in Colorado Springs staring off at the mountains in the distance as some tunes blast over the speakers debating what it is I want to write for my Legacy Fellow Blog post.
A walk to work - Sammy Poole
I am in the girls cabin on the side of a Colorado mountain about to head out to the crisp cold to start my work day. I have my backpack, check. Radio is here and on, check.
Community - Bri Bellamy
If you were to tell me a year ago that I would be living with thirteen other people in a small East Texas town working at a camp, I would have thought you were joking.
What are the odds? - Janna Honea
While working at camp and living on the side of a mountain, playing "what are the odds?" has become a common occurrence.
‘Is—is he a man?’ asked Lucy.
Homesick for Heaven - Hannah Onley
In May of 2017 I flew from Atlanta to Texas for the first time.
Fellowship - Josh Duke
“Jesus knew the Father had given everything into His hands, that He had come from God, and that He was going back to God. So He got up from supper, laid aside His robe, took a towel, and tied it around Himself.” John 13:3-4
The Allegory of The Fellowship - Nic Linde
There was once a great sculptor, his name was Zeno he was well renowned around the world for extravagant sculptures depicting people of high esteem.
C H O S E N - Esther Nyemba
The Fellowship is described as “a year-long refinement program designed to invest in the lives of recently graduated college students who desire to look more like Christ.”
23 Tips to Living in Westcliffe, CO - Mel White
I have lived in Westcliffe now for 6 months and during my stay here I’ve turned 23 years old; therefore, I thought it would be appropriate to share 23 things I’ve learned while living the ‘small town’ life:
Tension - Jack Burton
And being very tired and having nothing inside him, (Shasta) felt so sorry for himself that the tears rolled down his cheeks.
Greatest Blessings - Nathan Mendez
The fellowship has been such a blessing to me so far. Learning more about God and also learning how to live in community is something that I know I will always value.
Beauty in the Wilderness - Jenna Holley
Have you ever been in a place that seems far from literally everything? Well, I can now attest that I have. Welcome to the wilderness.
5 Months Ago - Carlos Guerrero
5 months ago, I was leaving a place that had become home.
The trees are changing and so am I - Shayla McCormick
Coming into the Fellowship, I was considered to be the “quiet” fellow of the group of fourteen. I would not initiate any conversations with anyone and especially did not really care to get to know others, besides above the surface.
Follow Me - Janae Wellum
Learning Daily to Follow the Lord Jesus in my Life
Thoughts on the Fellowship - Daniel Wade
Often lost in thought I seek places that allow for contemplation. I am thankful for Horn Creek because I have abundant opportunities to seek solitude. It is helpful for me to spend time by myself doing something active like hiking up in the National Forest.
Gaze in awe - Ana Montoya
I remember all the insecurities and anxieties I held on to so tightly at the beginning of The Fellowship. “Who am I within this group of people? What’s my role and why am I here?”
Somewhere on a Couch in Westcliffe - Brittany Craig
Somewhere on a couch in Westcliffe, CO, I realized I didn’t have deep roots in my faith, I realized that I ran to everything else besides Jesus during my troubles. As tears run down my face, Julie tells me, “the Lord has called you to run to him, and you need to obey.”
Work as Worship - Ariel Banda
A lot of this past year has consisted of God challenging and growing me in my views and experiences of biblical community, Christian servant leadership, conflict resolution, forgiveness and reconciliation, discipleship, prayer, reading the Word, and many other aspects of the Christian life that are molding me into the man that I am becoming.
Becoming Less - Lindsay Puckett
“He must increase, and therefore I must decrease.” John 3:30
Over the past eight months of the Fellowship I have been learning a whole lot about myself. A lot of which stems from pride. I’ve never known how much I struggled with pride until this year. I love to win, I’ve known that I love to win, but I never realized it’s because I can’t seem to get over myself.
3 reasons - Alyssa Hall
3 reasons why you should never do the Fellowship
April Fools :)
Here are 3 reasons why you SHOULD do the Fellowship:
Like gold - Beth Doerksen
I was recently updating my resume and came to the place where I needed to explain my current job. I was stumped. How could I describe everything that I have done and learned since joining the Fellowship last August, in a few bullet points?
Tell a good story - Will Reynold
I love storytelling. I love watching movies, listening to a public speaker, or reading a book, as long as it is a good story. And I believe telling stories to one another is one of the best ways to grow closer.
Refinement - Sam Braden
Psalm 66:10- “For you have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined.”
Glory - Grace Hamilton
Today after work, I went snowshoeing to our pond on camp. It had been snowing all day, and I did not want to let the fresh powder go to waste. I strapped on my snowshoes and started walking, but as I got to the pond, something caused me to stop.
Learning to Love - Shey Amanns
How does one learn to love? This is the question that I have pondered innumerable times during this fellowship. I have thought, “In what ways can I love those around me? How can I best serve each fellow consistently?”
This Crazy Adventure in Community and Sanctification- Becca Paternoster
When I applied for the Fellowship, I knew that two of the Pillars of the Fellowship are Biblical Community and Spiritual Formation, yet I underestimated how much of my year would be defined by those two pillars.
The Drive- Alex Johansen
Early in the morning on the first day of 2019, I left the South Texan ranch my Dad had just gotten married at and headed back to Colorado to continue the Fellowship. I had a long day ahead of me, but had planned my day in such a way that I would get to camp at around 7pm. Not too late, and plenty of time to hang out with some people and catch up a bit. I filled up my truck at a gas station that strangely had a rooster outside, got some snacks, and started my 12 hour drive. I drove up through Texas’ oil country, and made it through Amarillo and into New Mexico with no issues. I was right on schedule.
A Year Ago Today- Addison Brown
A year ago today I had just moved to a new state, literally the
day before. I had taken an internship at a camp in Texas. My heart was telling me that I was in the right place, but every other part of me
was telling me that I needed a full-time job. I had a lot of expectations of what I thought my life should be like at the age of 24, but of course none of those expectations have become reality.
Waiting- Olivia Gramling
As this season of advent is upon us, often this time of year puts us in a place of remembrance. We remember Christ coming as a child, in human flesh, to become the Savior of the world. We remember loved ones by giving them gifts we stash underneath the tree. But for many, in this season of joy, we find our hearts aching in the waiting.
What is the Fellowship? -Jonathan Cox
What is the fellowship? Many people outside the fellowship have asked me “what do I do at Sky Ranch’s program called the fellowship?” I have pondered an appropriate answer to this very loaded question. After much thought, the best response I have to “what is the fellowship” is that the fellowship is hard. It’s so hard, it’s even hard to explain to its fullness to properly give it’s due.
Bless the Lord- Madison Williams
He’s so determined to pursue us and pursue us with his whole heart. He gives us everything that he has. That’s all his eye can focus on.
Trust in The Lord- Nicole Terrell
Proverbs 3:5 ‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;”
Unexpected Places- Lucas Scarborough
In His infinite wisdom, God situates us in places, sometimes expected, other times unexpected, with the intention of His glorification and our sanctification.
When the Mountain Top Experience Looks More Like a Valley - Alec Jesperson
A phrase you hear get tossed around here at Horn Creek is the idea of a “mountain top experience”.
I Can See the Promise - Jacie Grygar
This is what I wrote in my journal one day:
Seasons - Will Cooke
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
The Mountains are Calling - Mary Hicks
“Would you want to move to Colorado for a year? Let me know what you decide in twenty-four hours.” Who knew this crazy question would alter my life.
Exceeded Expectations - Samantha Chin
“Why do you want to be in the fellowship?” The question that every fellow is asked of in their interview and, a question that I could answer so confidently.
Community - Christy Cornelius
As I looked around the circle of familiar faces, it suddenly hit me: we won’t be together for much longer. The thought was sobering, but I reflected how these people, once complete strangers, had become my community. And I realized that even though we would soon be apart, what a gift it has been to share this year together.
Choices - Maddie Wood
I am reminded of why the Lord chose us as people and how that changes the lens under which we are seen.
Excel at the Revealed - Aiden Upchurch
To say I was scared is an understatement. In fact, I don’t think a combination of nervousness or anxiousness could’ve accurately described how I felt as I drove my car packed to the roof towards this new place I would eventually call home, Sky Ranch.
What are you even doing this year?
Good question. I frequently ask myself the same thing. It’s hard to put into words what the fellowship consists of, because it’s a lot of different things.
Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork - Tyler Chacon
Coming off a great Summer in Horn Creek, CO, it seemed to me that coming to Van, TX would be a step down in many regards.
Thorns - Daniel Morrison
“Ouch!” I yelled as some of the fellows and I were clearing brush. “Ugh, this is annoying.” Thorns. Everywhere!
Pack of Wolves - Patrick Reith
The Fellowship was a huge step into the unknown for me.
Letting Go - Liam Jacobs
I was frustrated, hurt, heart broken, and confused. Everything I planned for my life ended, done - it’s was gone...
When Strangers Became Family - Emily Lemke
While I knew I was headed toward a safe place that I love and trust so much, I knew I was headed into the unknown. I truly didn’t know much about what the Fellowship would actually hold for me
The Power of Purpose – Rachel Erikson
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Good Burdens – Abbie Kilgore
I recently came into a season where I have felt a lot of need. Early on in September, I found out my grandmother was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.
What has the Lord taught me? – Mitch Mayfield
I imagine most people ask one of these two questions when it concerns the fellowship. “What is the fellowship like?” or “What do you do in the fellowship?”.
Zip on – Autumn Eilers
“Take me down! Take me down! Take me down!” the fifth grader screamed at the top of the ziplines.
Obedience. – Jonny Van Ommering
Obedience. A couple weeks ago I heard a pastor say in his sermon, “If we make the fruit of obedience our fundamental motivation for obedience, we will constantly run into problems”.
What I’ve Learned – Mary McCool
Christmas morning 2016 I took my first step of many towards saying Yes to Jesus in this new season of being in The Fellowship.
The Best is Yet to Come – Sydney Hoffman
Earlier in the fall I found myself struggling with comparison and discontentment. I felt trapped in the distraction of the future, always looking to preparing for the “next thing”.
Leading With Leaders, Serving With Servants – Zachary Bekken
“It’s difficult”, “it’s rough”, “it’s tiring”, all of these remarks were somewhat common when asking former fellows what their year was like.
Let Him Take Your Breath Away – Lauren Sarter
Seven. I was seven years old the very first time that I got the wind knocked out of me.
Obedience In Prayer – Michelle Sanford
I’m the youngest sibling of two. I just have one older brother, whom I look up to and respect more than maybe he even knows.
Dear Diary – Ross Jones
Okay so maybe this isn’t my diary but I didn’t know where else to start. As I sat down to write this, I had a lot ideas about what the subject could be
Breaking Down Walls – Sarah Davis
I love where God has taken me in my life, but never in a million years would I have thought that I would be living in Van, TX.
Becoming a Sky Rancher – Brittney Lowey
When I was searching for what to do right after college, I did what millennials do best – refer to Google.
God Doesn’t Need Me – Abigayle English
Wanna hear one of the most prideful thoughts my mind comes up with some times? (I knew that would hook you).
When Refinement is Hard by Annie Harrington
I’ve officially been a fellow for four months and 27 days (probably more by the time you read this). During the fellowship I’ve been challenged beyond measure.
Banana Pancakes – Lizzy Cook
Gathered around the table, coffee in hand, plates full of chocolate chip and banana pancakes, each person said one thing they were thankful for.hrist, we can experience the joy and life that comes from living in community with one another, just as God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit live in perfect harmony with each other.
The mornings sitting at the breakfast table with your people will be so much sweeter when hearts are full of honesty, gratitude, and grace. Who are those gathered around your breakfast table who sharpen you?
Change – Jaclyn Boese
Hello friends, wow what a year it has been! One word to describe 2016 so far? Change.
Choosing Him – Lynette Benson
I always wanted to be the best I could be for whoever valued my “worth” here on this earth.
Never Settled – Peter Wise
Do you ever look back to where you were a month ago, a year ago, maybe five years ago? Do you wish you could tell yourself things you know now?
Learning to Dream – Caitlin Steves
The first eighteen years of my life were entirely planned out. Born and raised in the same town, I went to the same schools with the same people, and I didn’t experience much change.
In and Of the Word – Matt Ray
Being men and women in and of the Word. This was Jill’s prayer for us the first night of the Fellowship.
Back to the Basics – Jon Murry
It has been almost five months since I started the Fellowship, and God has already taught me so much about patience, humility, and most recently, contentment.
Comparison: The Thief of Joy – Jake McCain
My prayer throughout this semester has been a prayer for spiritual strength.