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Rocky Mountains ~ High Waters ~ Never-Ending Rainbows

As we have mentioned several of times in the recent past, we have tipped the scales after taking in so many emaciated horses in 2-months’ time. 

We have been going through a pallet of feed (40 bags of Horseman’s Edge 12 pellet) in just 10-days’ time.  Every underweight Thoroughbred is being fed 3 scoops in the a.m. and 3 scoops in the p.m. to build up their weight. 

Initially when the emaciated OTTB’s started arriving back in June 2012, we started running a credit at our local feed store to cover us until we adopted out animals to their new homes.  After 2-1/2 years of paying cash at this feed store, we finally felt the financial pinch and were forced to start running feed on credit.  In the middle of July we received a very generous, anonymous donation with the exact amount to pay off our tab with the feed store and we then ordered another pallet of feed. 

Just a few days before we got the phone call to pick up Cool Beans the transmission went out on Bob’s truck, leaving us with no transportation.  The ranchhand from Circle B Ranch came to Bob’s rescue to go rescue Cool Beans, who was a level 1 emaciated horse, out of the situation he was in and get him back here to safety at the ranch. 

Beth with New Vision Farm came to see Cool Beans and immediately came to our rescue.  She helped us get started with some feed for Cool Beans and rented a dolly for the truck to have it transported to Holiday to be fixed.  She loaned us her truck and then her car to provide us transportation while our truck was in the shop. 

The next day Bob received an emergency call to go pick up Winter Rain, a level 2 emaciated horse, that desperately needed our help as well.  Knowing our financial situation and knowing the truck was broke down, Bob took a leap of faith and brought these 2 horses in knowing that God would provide.

On the way home from picking up Winter Rain, we stopped by the feed store to load up on another pallet of feed.  The lady at the counter told us that ALL credit accounts had been shut down.  We spoke to the manager and he explained to us that one person in particular, amongst others, had a very high credit account in the 5,000 range and had written bad checks to cover this past due account.  Because of this activity, the owner decided to cut everyone’s account cold turkey.

This put us in a crunch.  We had depended on having the ability to stop in and place feed on credit in times of need when the funds were not there.  We left, not knowing who to turn to, but knew we needed to find help ASAP.

We spoke to a few close rescues and advocates about our situation.  Two of the rescues and one of their FB friends called in the very next day to purchase enough feed to get our crew through the next few days.  One rescue started reposting our FundRazr button for Cool Beans on her page to help bring in donations for our rescue.  She also posted the name of our local feed store and instructed her FB friends to contact our local feed store to purchase feed for us directly through our account.  Four of her FB friends contacted our feed store and the manager turned them away.

He, therefore, called Bob and told him what had occurred.  He told us that he could not be responsible for taking in third-party funds towards donations to our ranch.  He explained his liability, which I never truly understand how he felt he would be damaged by allowing these transactions to take place.  One moment they cut our credit account and two days later he would not allow anyone to purchase feed for us over the phone.  As I see it, he was totally cutting our throat.

Another rescue suggested that we search other nearby feed depots to find someone willing to accept donations, as most feed stores in the state of Florida will indeed allow people to call in orders for other rescues/individuals. 

This past week the donations have been rolling in to help us in the support of Cool Beans.  We did find another feed store yesterday who was perfectly happy to assist us in accepting donations from the public towards our rescue.  The very next day, a young lady, Christine, called into the feed store and donated a whole pallet of feed to help us provide for these horses. 

There is a purpose in not publicly naming these individuals who have stepped up to help us.   We have had a great amounts of support come in this past month to help in the support of Cool Beans and the other horses here at the ranch. 

As most people on my FB page very well know, I always post and thank everyone for their very generous donations whether it be through their donations of their time, supplies for the ranch, or their moral or financial support.  I cannot express the high I get knowing that others around us love and support what we do and are willing to step in and give a helping hand to relieve some of the pressure that we carry.   I am so thoroughly amazed by the support we have been given by local rescues who have wrapped their arms around us to carry us through these hard times.  And to everyone, we thank you for believing in us, as we have weathered through these storms these past few months.  When it rains, it pours, but just remember those who weather through the storm and stand on the rock, there is always a rainbow waiting at the end of every storm.  There will always be storms in our future, but each storm molds us into who we need to be for His glory.

But most importantly, I want to emphasize the most, is that leap of faith and trusting that no matter how far out on a limb we go to test the waters, God will always provide if we have faith in Him.  We are probably one of the smallest horse rescues in the state of Florida sitting on 2.7 acres, but we have always functioned as if we are sitting on 20 acres.  We work with very little funds, but God has provided everything we have needed and has never let us down.  Bob has no fear and has always put his faith in God.  I, on the other hand, have always been the pessimistic who had to see to believe.  This ranch has been a faith builder for me, as once being a pessimistic that held me back from my dreams, I now can testify without a shadow of doubt that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  There are no limits on faith and faith is the evidence of the unseen.  Faith believes that what seems to be the impossible is possible through God. 

Dinelle Ashcraft

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch
“People Helping Animals Helping People”
 
Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
352-596-3104.
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It’s Harvest Time

November 1, 2010,  a local church donated a truckload of hay and pumpkins to the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch after a fall festival that they had. 

In return, the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch donated 2,500 pounds of pumpkins to the United Way in NPR where they used the pumpkins to make pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie to help feed the homeless.

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”(NASB) John 4:35-38  

So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. (NASB) 1 Cor. 3:6-9

Some of us plant seed or share the truth about Jesus. It may include teaching or preaching the Bible. It can be as simple as telling someone how you came to God. Some of us plant or sow seed. Paul is talking about helping a person become a Christian and then continue to grow. He calls Christians “God’s field.” But the one who really does the planting and watering is God because it is the Holy Spirit Who helps us to see our need for Jesus and Who helps us to spiritually grow.

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch
“People Helping Animals Helping People”
 
Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
352-596-3104.

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This is one of my favorite posts that was written just a few days before Bob had to show up in court on February 21, 2011, for a “felony in possession” charge for putting down an out-of-control pig.

Did I mention Bob’s AMAZING, GOD-GIVEN talents.  I want to share with you all the awesome story behind this beautiful boat.  It is amazing how God will answer prayers at just that precise timing when you take that leap of faith and believe in Him, your obedient to his Word, and He will always be there to provide for you, not once, but over and over again.

Bob used to have a sign company in Kentucky until he had open heart surgery at age 29 and then a full blown stroke at age 36.  God has recovered him from the stroke, but he still has residual neuromuscular damage.  Bob had to give up his sign painting at that time, as he had lost his coordination on the right side.

When Bob and I met each other, I was struggling with alcoholism and worked as a bartender. 

We met in 2005 and renewed our faith in God shortly thereafter. 

I wanted to stop drinking, get away from the bar, and have a “real life” like everyone else had, but me.  I went back to school for medical transcription, but needed to get away from bartending in hopes to free myself from the alcohol addiction.

Bob has many God-given talents, sign painting to be one of many.  He quit his job at the time and we hit the pavement to find work through lettering car windshields, storefront windows, and yes even boats.  He realized through painting windshields and windows that not only was the coordination restored on the right side, but he was also able to paint with his left hand, which was not possible for him before.  He took this leap of faith for me, so that I could free myself from bartending and be free of alcohol.

We started CCWC in New Port Richey in 2005.  One Sunday in the spring of 2006, Bob decided to be faithful and tithe our last dollar in the offering plate.  I looked at him like “are you crazy, that was our last $25 bucks.”

He left his phone at home that day and when we arrived at the house there was a message on his phone from a man who wanted Bob to letter his 37′ Mako.  We made an appointment to meet him on the side of the road close to his storage unit where he kept the boat off County Line Rd. in Springhill, Florida.

By that afternoon that $25 dollars turned into a twenty-five hundred dollar deposit with the remaining balance owed with more to come and other jobs that were also given to us by this man.

Bob hand-painted this boat in 2006, and God has brought it back to provide for us once again.

As we are facing the most difficult season in our lives with the unknown territory of what our future might hold, we are brought back to that leap of faith-moment once again.

We have been very confused on our future and what moves to make in order to keep the ranch secure and stable in case Bob must leave for awhile.  We have been in prayer day after day seeking answers on what the right decisions are to do in this matter.

Bob remembered that he had missed a call from this man a few weeks back and it was heavy on his heart to call this man to see if he may need Bob to do some work.  Sure enough, they were planning on having the boat repainted with fiberglass repair in the spring, but were able to meet us in this open-window of opportunity that we have to accomodate us financially now.  This not only will bless the ranch with extra finances, but will supplement our income in the next year to come.

God has delivered me from alcohol and smoking, since 2007, and I graduated with A’s in each one of my college courses.  We since then have opened this ranch in December 2009.  I am living proof that God can and will change your life around if you just place your faith in Him.

Don’t ever underestimate the POWER OF PRAYER.  God always provides a way for his children and answers our prayers as His will is good for us.  If we trust in Him and put our faith in Him, He will prevail.

*NOTES*

Domino Effect

We are down for the countdown less than 4 days till court and a boat that is about ready to set sail.  We have been snowed-in up here in Weeki wachee, which has slowed down the completion of Bob’s project of repainting this boat, in which he initially painted in 2006.  God has blessed us with absolutely beautiful weather this past week, just enough for Bob to complete the boat just 1 day before court.  One side is complete and one more to complete in the next few days.  Thank you God for your precise timing, it is all in FAITH that He comes through for us each and every time!!!

February 21, 2011 at 11:32pm

Domino Effect Be on the lookout for a live preview of Bob’s handywork as you will probably see it in this years Boat Parade at the Chasco.

February 21, 2011 at 11:35pm

Domino Effect BON VOYAGE!!!  The ship set sail and headed back home.

February 25, 2011 at 5:14pm ·

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Dinelle Ashcraft

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch
“People Helping Animals Helping People”
 
Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
352-596-3104.

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” My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness”

 

by Domino Effecton Friday, January 28, 2011 at 4:40pm ·

” My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness”

II Corinthians 12: 7-10

I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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 Have an Attitude of Gratitude

The Lord created us to be happy.   When we choose to have a positive attitude and to live our lives in joy we are showing our thanksgiving to God. We are showing to Him that we are grateful for our very life which he’s given to us. When we are negative we are not.  We can choose to have an attitude of gratitude, just as we can choose to have a bad attitude. Which …do you think God would have us choose?

The Good Wolf and the Bad Wolf

Many year ago an old Cherokee Indian grandfather,decided it was time to take his grandson for a serious talk. As they reached the crest of a hill and looked down upon the valley, the grandfather began… to tell this story told to him by his grandfather. “Inside everyone of us is a Good Wolf and a Bad Wolf. We have no choice about it. Both are born within us at birth.

However, as we grow up and become adults in life,we will find that one of these wolves will eventually kill the other wolf and then dominate our lives and the way we treat others.”

The young Indian child looked at his grandfather and asked, “But grandfather, how will I know which wolf will win the fight?” The grandfather smiled and said… “That is quite simple to know. The wolf that will win the fight is the one you feed the most.”

James 3:2-5
2)  We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.  
3) When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
4) Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
5) Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

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TO HAVE FAITH~IS TO HAVE WINGS!!!

by Domino Effecton Friday, December 10, 2010 at 5:29pm ·

“According to your faith will it be done to you.” Matthew 9:29 NIV

Are you waiting for God to move in a particular situation?

Are you praying the same thing day after day?

Have you become hopeless and discouraged?

If you are passively waiting for God to do something, I can tell you why nothing’s happened. God has done all He is going to do for you! He has placed the ball in your court. He is waiting on you to use your faith to reach out and accept what He has already done.

God’s Word says that Jesus went to the Cross and paid the price for your complete salvation, deliverance and healing. The price has already been paid.

He has already done all He is going to do and it is up to you to accept His free gift of salvation, healing and wholeness in every area of your life.

The only thing standing between you and your deliverance is unbelief and doubt. God says that it will be done to you according to your faith.

Determine today to spend time reviewing and meditating faith scriptures to build up your faith. Then, start to thank Him daily for what He has already done for you. As you think and act in faith, things will surely start to change.

Author:  Jerry Savelle

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