Reigning Grace Ranch came into my life at a time when I was lost and confused without direction. I felt invisible and forgotten to everyone around me. Like a skin suit, walking around with nothing left…completely vacant. I was drowning in daunting words like broken, unworthy and rejected. All built off the worst one… FEAR.

The truth is, at that point in time of my life I was fighting against a darkness that was enveloping my soul. I was a young 20-year-old, trying to figure out this thing we call life, but not addressing the raw brokenness that was in me. My saving grace then, and is, that there is a God who is so much bigger than any of that. And he called me to this healing and redeeming place called Reigning Grace Ranch (RGR). I found out about the ranch through having known Amanda and Christopher Moore since I was eight years old… Crazy, I know. I had followed the work they were doing from the beginning, and I wanted nothing more than to be a part of it. I figured I would come around when I was good and ready; when I had, everything worked out in my life. Wrong. God had a different plan, and His plan, I needed to be broken down and yearning for something more than my plan. I began my journey with RGR in September of 2016. I started out just thinking I would be volunteering and mentoring. I started to talk to Amanda about my future; I remember feeling that college and the major I was going for was not truly where my heart was. I felt called to help these kids and learn more about the how and why; what was it that made me feel like I belonged. I started training in October, and by the end of October Amanda and Christopher had asked me if I wanted to become an intern at the ranch. By January I had moved in and began this incredible and life-changing journey. The ranch has this special quality about it; a quality that when you first arrive you feel your heart touched and the sense that your story is not over. In the last 2 years, I have learned not to be afraid to fail; I have learned that I am enough and I have something to offer this world; and lastly, I have learned that I do have a future and a purpose. I have seen the way these horses touch lives of those seen as untouchable, and I have experienced it for myself. I have seen volunteers come together and make a difference, and I have seen love lived out unconditionally. To say that I have been impacted by this beautiful sanctuary would be an understatement. I could have never dreamed that I would be where I am today, but I also never could have dreamed that I would be who I am today.

Kebra Laidlaw