I am writing this letter today to share very exciting news about SkyWatch TV and the Whispering Ponies Ranch “Sponsor a Pony” program. For those that have sponsored a pony as well as those who might want to consider it, we are pleased to report we have exceeded the goals of PHASE ONE at WPR in time to host the first 2017 Royal Family Kids Camp recently.
It was a triumph, to say the least, and each day a network of counselors used your sponsored therapy animals and other resources to mentor abused, abandoned, and neglected children in direct fulfillment of James 1:27, which defines “pure religion and undefiled before God” as ministering to orphans and widows.
When you look into the face of a child born into an abusive home and who is now a ward of the state, it’s impossible to know their pain. They’ve been violated, mocked, ridiculed, and worse. They no longer trust most adults. They are often unable to attend school and are unlikely to have friends. Even eating and speaking are difficult. They’re condemned to suffering because their caregivers fell short in their responsibilities. Some, I am heartbroken to report, will not survive.
But we are able to stand in the gap and make a difference in these precious lives because of YOUR help! Nita and I want to personally say THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE MADE POSSIBLE BY PARTNERING WITH US IN THIS WAY. TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING MIRACLES HAPPEN IN LIVES THAT NEED IT MOST.
Now much remains to be done over the next ten months and together we will meet these goals including construction of a multipurpose gymnasium; indoor swimming pool; people movers; new lodge; climbing walls; zip lines; bicycle and prayer trails; miniature golf; amphitheater; giant tree house (by TreeHouse Masters!); low and high courses; sports fields and so on. We will present these goals at the 2017 Pony Sponsors Banquet during the Blessed Hope conference in Norman, Oklahoma on October 13–15 of this year. (PLEASE NOTE! As a pony sponsor your registration to the conference is paid for by me and Nita and the banquet is free BUT YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN HOTEL HOUSING and RSVP for the dinner using the enclosed form and envelope.)
WE INVITE YOU TO TOUR WPR & ATTEND SPECIAL RETREATS
By Sponsoring one or more WPR Ponies (those interested in knowing more about Sponsor a Pony can learn more at: http://skywatchtv.com/sponsor-therapy-pony/) you are partnering directly with WPR’s healing ministry. As part of this unique and devoted family, we want to say thank you by inviting you to attend exclusive sponsor events:
- FREE registration to our annual conference. This year we are calling the cosponsored event “The Blessed Hope Forum,” and it will be held October 13–15 at the all-new (gorgeous!) Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma. Over thirty of the world’s leading experts have already agreed to address the crowd and as the #1 conference of its kind in the United States, we expect thousands of people to be in attendance with thousands more via live streaming. Unlike other attendees, as a WPR Pony Sponsor, your registration is paid for you.
- A FREE banquet in your honor during the convention. As a “Sponsor a Pony” benefactor (soon to be called “The Founders Club”), you are invited to attend a special banquet during which I and my wife Nita will give a report showing just how your donations were used during the year to help those children and adults that need it most. During this invitation-only dinner, there will also be a meet-and-greet with some of the top speakers as well as a special report by the president of Royal Family Kids Camp, illustrating just how much your contributions are making a difference.
- Invitations to FREE, private retreats held only for “Sponsor a Pony” benefactors on the grounds of WPR. Starting in 2018, you will receive an exclusive invitation for a two-day retreat at the ranch where all accommodations will be provided. Nita and I will offer devotionals and a private tour, and WPR staff will be on standby for other facility features in case you would like to take advantage of a course element, pool, or another part of the camp. During this getaway, you will be invited to a private viewing of a live SkyWatchTV recording (you never know who will be on the set that day), and an afternoon trip to Morningside. We will try to schedule the retreats so that you can be there when Jim Bakker interviews one or more members of SkyWatchTV staff.
- Last but not least, every “Sponsor a Pony” benefactor receives a hoof-signed, frameable picture of your sponsor horse(s), and an autographed copy of Nita Horn’s memoir, No Fences: It Started with a Plastic Pony, which details the childhood vision that led to the 280-acre Whispering Ponies Ranch (and soon a copy of my story—The Boy from El Mirage).
While much has been accomplished at WPR, there is still more to do. We desperately need your ongoing help. We hope you can sponsor a pony annually… or give even more, but any gift amount will help provide these little ones a new smile and a new life.
You can sponsor a pony with one annual sum or for as little as $83 per month, and help provide a life changing experience for a child who’s waiting now. That’s one life changed, entirely because of you. And we thank you in advance for helping transform the lives of hurting children and adults one therapy pony at a time.
Tom and Nita Horn, Co-founders and CEO
P.S. I am mailing our first camp brochure in a special letter to all Pony Sponsor’s this week (this is not public yet because some of the elements are still under construction), which includes images of children smiling for the first time in a long time because of you. We’ll be sharing personal testimonies from counselors and kids that come out of these blessed events when we meet with you face to face this October.