A place of Hope, Healing, and Restoration
Wow! The year of 2019 proved to be an amazing year where we saw God do some incredible things. His faithfulness seemed to be the underlying theme throughout Melody Manor Ranch’s journey. While the vision, idea, and ministry of Melody Manor Ranch has been in the works and background for nearly 10 years and we have been blessed to operate as an umbrella ministry under The Capstone Group for the last couple years, in early 2019 MMR was able to obtain it's own 501(c)(3) through the IRS and become a ministry on its own. Praise God!
We wanted to share with you a snippet of the behind the scenes from this past year. Below is a recap of the events, stories, and testimonies through Melody Manor Ranch because of the prayers, love, and support of people such as you. MMR could not do the things or reach people the way that it does without you, and for that, we are so grateful! All of the events held were open to the community and anyone who wanted to come was welcomed. We saw people from all over the Middle Tennessee Community come, from many different churches and backgrounds. It was a beautiful glimpse into what Heaven looks like. We invite you to visit our Facebook page to view a few of the individual event recap videos that we posted for a more in-depth look into what we’ve been up to. As you look at what the Lord has done through MMR, keep in mind that we did not really launch our events until more than halfway through the year, with the first event being the “Sunday Supper and Sing” on July 28th and the rest, as they say, is history.
~ Prayer in the Pasture:
o What started as a one time prayer night with a few of our core supporters spent anointed the property and animals, turned into a twice a month prayer meeting! God unveiled His plan for this event one morning during Angel’s prayer & devotion time on the front porch overlooking the front pasture. That launched what is now called Prayer in the Pasture.
o We held prayer every other Friday and people from all over the country sent in Prayer Requests by phone, text, Facebook, or even came in person.
o We received 115 prayer requests from 8/16 -12/31 and we witnessed God answer 93 of those prayer requests… Praise God! That has absolutely nothing to do with us, but everything to do with the faithfulness of God! When we gather in His name, He shows up and answers the needs of His people!
~ Sunday Supper & Sing:
o The event that kicked us off for the year was the Sunday Supper & Sing where people brought a dish, a voice and/or an instrument. Great times were had by all and the food was delicious! It was great seeing people doing life with each other, talking and sharing their stories. Some people were talking about life and others were listening and pouring into one another. It was a nice time where people could just relax, unplug, and connect with each other once again. If someone needed prayer, we prayed for them and it was incredible! What we thought would be an eclectic song time, turned into amazing worship sets that drew us into the presence of God.
o Each month featured a “We Give Back” donation bin…we were able to collect diapers, clothing, baby food and items for Hope’s Bridge, toiletries for Last Call For Grace and socks, gloves and hats for our homeless friends in Murfreesboro.
o In October, the theme was a Chili Cookoff. Winners were voted on and the grand prize winner received a homemade “trophy” fit for a king ;)
~ Night of Hope:
o This past summer, we were introduced to an amazing ministry called Hope’s Bridge of Middle Tennessee, which assists with IPA (Immediate Protection Agreement) Families through the process of taking in at-risk children. We knew immediately this was a ministry we wanted to come alongside and shoulder with in any way that we could. After some prayer and a few meetings, we decided to host a Family Fun Night for all of the families of Hope’s Bridge (aka Bridge Families) where they could meet one another, share encouragement, hang out by a bonfire, make smores, meet the animals, play yard games and break bread with each other. Many of the families had never met each other before. It was a beautiful evening filled with laughs, stories, and amazing fellowship!
o In October, a call came in and a need was posted for a specific Bridge Family that was taking on a preemie baby. They needed immediate items to care for this new little one. Within hours, MMR supporters had donated enough money to provide diapers, wipes, preemie clothes, toiletries, bedding items, and a changing table pad! God is so good!!! The need was realized and the need was met because of generous people!
~ Family Game Night:
o We held 3 Family Game Night events, two of which consisted of outside yard games such as Yardzee, Darts, Corn Hole, Washer Toss and Ladder Ball. The third was an indoor game night where the youth gathered in the living room and played games while the adults gathered around the dining room table and played cards and dominos. These events were a successful way to gather the family for some quality time and fun fellowship.
~ Movies in the Barn:
o This is a quarterly event where we play movies on the big screen in our main barn, serve popcorn & drinks and enjoy the rustic outdoor “theater”. Our first one was launched in September with a double feature of Bruce Almighty & Evan Almighty.
~ Women’s Bible Study:
o This is an ongoing once a week private event held on Monday nights with a small group of ladies. This semester the focus was on a book called Limitless by Pastor Aaron Davis. Such an incredible book focused on breakthrough and breaking spiritual strongholds in our lives.
o In December, the ladies Christmas Party featured a “Sockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” theme. As part of their party, the ladies collected all kinds of socks for the homeless community in Rutherford County. Many ladies also brought bags and bags of clothing items for the homeless as well. It was such a blessing to so many!
~ Private Events:
o We opened up the ranch for a few private events as well. We hosted 2 birthday parties and several dinners for the local county youth shooting team.
~ Date Night Dinner & Devos Series:
o In September we began hosting a 5-week series called Date Night Dinner & Devos every Thursday night. We had 6 couples attending as we watched the XO Series from Hope City Church in Houston, TX and then shared a potluck meal and discussed what we’d watched. This event turned out to be a great way for couples to connect with each other and share stories in a safe setting to seek the prayers and support of others.
~ Crazy Faith Series:
o In October we launched a 20-week series called Crazy Faith! We meet every Thursday night for potluck appetizers and a video message from Transformation Church in Tulsa, OK. This series is mind-blowing amazing and has caused several of the attendees to begin to dream again and believe in Crazy Faith for the things God has in store for them.
~ Vanderbilt Children’s Christmas Dinner Delivery:
o We were blessed again this year to be able to participate in this amazing event! This made our 5th year of helping to coordinate and deliver a Christmas meal to the kids, parents, doctors, and staff on the immunosuppression cancer floor of Monroe Carroll, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Medical Center. MMR supporters and our friends over at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse & Bakery helped to provide an entire Christmas dinner complete with cookies, pies, drinks & paper goods for 100 people. This dinner is so special because the patients on this floor cannot leave their unit like other floors can. So giving them a taste of home at Christmas time is such a blessing!
~ Holiday Events:
o Thanksgiving Dinner – we hosted a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for those who didn’t have a place to go for turkey day. We had a total of 7 people join us and it was an incredible time spent eating, fellowshipping and talking about God’s goodness. A lot of front porch rocking chair time was logged as we enjoyed the views and some good conversation.
o Christmas Shindig – about 20 people attended the Christmas Party where we shared potluck appetizers and fellowship, along with youth games.
o New Year’s Eve Prayer & Praise Party – about 40 people joined us as we counted down to the New Year. We played games, shared potluck appetizers and joined online for Elevation Church’s Praise Party service. Then we counted down and watched the Nashville Note drop and at the stroke of midnight we all joined hands and prayed in the New Year right! It was a precious time of prayer with our friends as we ushered in the New Year and gave God back the first moments of 2020.
As you can see, 2019 proved to be a very productive and God-filled year for us. Among some other small projects, we were able to add to our goat herd this year as we received a donation of 6 goats (2 adult does, 1 buck, 1 wether, and 2 brand new doeling kids) and we welcomed our first baby goats (2 bucklings) born on the ranch when one of the newly acquired does gave birth. We spent countless hours of porch time ministering one on one to those who came seeking advice or prayer. We raised enough funds in our Winter Project Fundraiser to be able to fully fund the front pasture lean-to barn and we look forward to getting that project started in early 2020. Moving forward in 2020, we will be focusing on continuing the ministry events that we’ve been doing, adding some new events that God has shown us; and fundraising for several large projects. We need to complete the main barn by adding doors and eaves as well as gravel flooring. We also need to make some much-needed repairs to our tack & feed shed, as well as our small barn and build the rustic outdoor “outhouse & shower” facility for our guests. This will consist of a 2 stall building, that houses a composting toilet on one side and an outdoor shower on the other, with a small hand washing station on the outside. This will become a necessity as we begin hosting our weekend Encounter events. And most critically, we need to focus on getting our farm truck repaired and back on the road so we can haul hay for the critters. Along with these immediate needs, we would like to begin fundraising for the expansion of our back porch area. The goal would be to extend the porch area and close it in to make a more useable event area to host our guests in times of inclement weather. This is a huge need and honestly another step of Crazy Faith as we believe God to provide the funds and means to expand!
The future is bright and we are beyond excited about what God is doing through this ministry! None of this would be possible without the generous support and continued prayers of people like you! You make this possible and we want to say a huge THANK YOU for all that you’ve done in 2019 and we can not wait to partner with you throughout 2020 as we continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus to all those seeking comfort, peace, and community at MMR in the coming year! Again, thank you and know that we pray God’s richest blessings over you all and we believe that God is going to generously reward your faithfulness for what you’ve sown into Melody Manor Ranch in 2019!!! We are looking forward to 2020!
Blessings and much love,
Kristian & Angel Kennedy
Founders - Melody Manor Ranch