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Staff spotlight: Mike Wilhelm

Staff spotlight: Mike Wilhelm

A look at the men and women making a difference in children’s lives. Mike Wilhelm Title: Senior Chaplain Age: 55 How long employed at Cal Farley’s: 13 years Qualifications & experience: I had been doing youth ministry 10 years prior to coming to Boys Ranch. I have an Master of Arts (Biblical Interpretation) and am…

Live the Brand: ‘New kid’ anxiety — turning terror into triumph

Live the Brand: ‘New kid’ anxiety — turning terror into triumph

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, one in eight children suffers from anxiety. This likely isn’t news to parents. And, among the most daunting of personal fears for children is being the ‘new kid’ in school or another social setting. While older children often are better at hiding these fears, the impact…

President’s message: Finding grace in acceptance

President’s message: Finding grace in acceptance

The young man stood alone in a corner inside our campus headquarters building. While his family was being interviewed about his coming to Boys Ranch, this boy, all of perhaps 8 years old, chose to stand alone in the corner, shame written all over his face. It was a stark contrast to the joyous Christmas…

President’s message: We are all a work in progress

President’s message: We are all a work in progress

When was the last time you read the story of Christ’s birth? As I look at the biblical account, one of the things that stands out to me is how God, in His infinite wisdom, didn’t send a ‘finished product.’ Instead of a man, He sent a baby. Remarkably, the King of kings went through…

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