From its beginning, what has made Rancho El Milagro (Miracle Ranch) distinct from many other “institutions” is the concept of the Christian home. The theme became embodied in the formal Mission Statement for Miracle Ranch: It is the mission of Rancho El Milagro (Miracle Ranch) Children's Home to provide for the care, nurture and overall development of each child within a home and family setting of the Christian faith; To cultivate intellectual, physical, spiritual, social and emotional well-being in each child as a unique and special entity, and to emphasize the qualities of human kindness, respect and love as both the rights and gifts of every human being.The Miracle Ranch concept: Some miracles are really possible. Demanding, yes. But impossible? Hardly.
Think about the person(s) you love most in your life. Close your eyes for a moment, until you have a face in mind. Then try to imagine what it would be like to “lose” that person forever. Maybe you already know. It hurts. All that love, gone. All that potential, waste. Try to feel what it might be like. All that loss. Next, multiply that loss and that love by 40,000. Each day, 40,000 young children around the world die before their time. They are individuals no less real than the one you are thinking about. But while they are born with the same capacities to give the chance for either. For many, it’s why they do not survive.
For many of us, when asked to consider the intellectual exercise above, the solution seems impossible but for a miracle. And yet miracles do happen.
Try another exercise (we’ll help with this one): Imagine the rocky barrens of northern Mexico. Think past the poor and ghetto-like towns of the border areas, the stretches of boulder-strewn plains that speak of a difficult existence. Small villages dot the desertscape all the way from the American border to Mexico City, some 2,000 miles away. Pictures if you will shanties and lean-to’s for some of the shelters and small, single-room schools(where they exist at all). There is an ever-present dust over it all, born of too little vegetation and so little rain. And finally, imagine an “oasis” in the middle of it all. In one of the low reases of the Sierras is a place for children. It houses them, feeds them, teaches them, develops them loves them. It is a place of beauty and bounty. It is Miracle Ranch Children’s Home. And you need not imagine any further, for it is very real indeed.