The weekend….

….in pictures.

Of course, eating is of utmost importance.

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Of top priority is target shooting and getting comfortable again with the guns…..




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Then there are instructions and a time of prayer before heading out to the stands.

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The boys and their guides spend a lot of time together in the field and the blinds.


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The in between time calls for some fun competition,

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going to the pens to meet our tame does and one of our breeder bucks,







and time to just hang out and enjoy.

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Hunting isn’t easy. Unfortunately, not everyone will harvest. But we all rejoice in the success of others.

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Time outdoors allows opportunities to notice God’s incredible creation. And sometimes a great photo result. Good job, Mitchell!


Saturday night is a very special time together.



Bill shares an encouraging message with the boys.


We’re always sad to have to let the boys leave the ranch. But our prayers for them continue.


Thank you, Volunteers, near and far!

It takes a pretty big crew to pull off each hunt weekend. We are incredibly thankful for everyone who is a part of each weekend…..our hunt and spiritual guides, our “chef” and “sous chef”, our EMT and others of various, equally important roles. We’re thankful for these men who give up an entire weekend to be here, as well as their wives who are left to tend to the responsibilities at home. Especially, the mommies!!! We know it is a sacrifice! You have volunteered your time for the sake of deserving boys, and we THANK YOU, too!!!

Also a big thank you to our friend Robin who sent with her husband buckets of goodies for each boy. We set them on the bunkbeds to help welcome each boy as he arrived. What a special treat! Thank you, Robin!!!


And to those who of you who pray, you are our valued volunteers! Your time lifting up these amazing boys and their guides is worth more than you may ever know. We send a very big, humble thank you!

The next post will be coming soon with lots of photos. But until then, here’s our awesome group.



A Story: On mission

We’re so very thankful for the guides who feel called to invest in the lives of the boys at Crossroads. Kasey Van Daley has shared this ministry vision with us for several years, and we’re blessed he’s able to continue to be involved. He was a guide during this season’s 2nd hunt and the following is his story:

A Story: Are we missing the target?

No matter what volunteer role one is called to during the weekend, everyone has a part in showing the Lord’s unconditional love to our young hunters. However, the role of a spiritual guide provides a very special opportunity. Here’s Bill’s story:

“I’ll never forget this weekend…”

This past weekend was … well, it was just the BEST, too! It’s such a blessing to hear from the guides how they share the Lord’s goodness with their young hunters. And also how the Lord speaks to the guides themselves through the weekend. We’ll be posting more testimonies from them along the way.

God’s provision

Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. Genesis 9:3

Out in the field the guides show the boys to always have respect for the animals. They remind them that food is provision from the Lord. The boys are led to kneel down, pray, and give thanks to the Lord over each and every harvest. This is a very important lesson of the hunt.


Memories in the Making

A Story: God was at work

At the end of each Crossroads weekend, everyone has a story to tell. They all have different and unique perspectives on how God has revealed Himself during their time at the ranch. Dustin Burnett, who has been an instrumental part of this ministry from the beginning vision, is an experienced guide. Here is his story from the weekend:

This weekend was the BEST…

Although this is our first year as Crossroads, it’s our second year to host weekend hunts for deserving youth. We’ve discovered that after each hunt, we find ourselves saying, “This has been the BEST hunt yet!” Yesterday was no exception. We were all saying it. And it was great! But after thinking about it yesterday on the drive home to Austin, I began to realize it’s really not that it was the “best,” but that it was “unique.” We see it as the best, I think, because we’re always so amazed how God reveals Himself each and every time to meet needs of each boy. You see, there’s a lot … a whole lot … of quiet time out in those blinds … waiting. Lots of time for the guides to pray, talk, encourage and to be quiet. Lots of time for the Lord to speak into the boys’ hearts and to the needs of their lives.

Happy Hunters

We are so excited when ALL our hunters have a successful harvest. So there was a lot of rejoicing when the other 2 hunters came in Saturday night with smiles on their faces!