Read about what's going on at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch.
Bits from Bob

Spring is my favorite time of the year because I know the warm months are soon coming. April brings thoughts for me personally of the Boston Marathon. Last week was the running of the 120th Boston. I was blessed to participate five times and honored to race the 100th in 1996.  In front of me are some thoughts about marathons by Billy Graham: "Like the marathon runner, we are in it for the long haul. Our journey, our race, lasts as long as God GIVES US LIFE. We aren't meant to wander off the track, or quit and join the spectators, or decide we'll just slow down and TAKE IT EASY while others pass us by. Nor are we meant to collapse from exhaustion in the middle of the race. God didn't intend for us to travel our journey in our own strength, but with the strength He supplies."

Also, if you are looking for an inspirational book to read, check out Endurance by Ernest Shackleton. This is a true story about a journey to the south pole gone wrong.

Look forward to seeing many of you at the Ranch.
Spreading JOY and Changing Lives, Bob Bardwell
Benefit Auction

Be sure to attend our 31st Annual Benefit Auction at Ironwood on Thursday, May 12th ! The
Silent Auction begins at 5:45pm and the Live Auction at 6:30pm. Concessions will be available for purchase including the incredible slices of pie made by our kitchen team. We will have a great selection of items at this year's auction including a camper, lovely baskets and handmade items. All proceeds will benefit our youth camp scholarship fund, which provides for many kids to come to camp who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to attend.

Also, there's still time to donate a basket, merchandise or gift certificate! Please contact Jode at 507-533-4315 or jode@ironwoodsprings.com to support this fabulous cause.
Ironwood in May

Ironwood is remembered this month for its "wild bluebells". Across the bridge and along the Root River is the most amazing display of God's creative handiwork. Next Tuesday May 3rd is our Senior Day at the Ranch to see the bluebells and other wild flowers.
Miracles Happen Festival
Buy your tickets now!

You can purchase tickets at the early bird price now at mhfest.com. One ticket covers the whole weekend. You can also sign up to volunteer for the festival on the website. There is still space available for lodging; call Laura at 507-533-4315 to make a reservation. We have a great music line up this year with Tenth Avenue North as the headliner plus many other top notch performers. Don't miss our Friday Blues and Bluegrass night!
Journey Youth Camps

Registrations are now open for Journey youth camps this summer! Visit our website  for more information and instructions on how to register. There is still plenty of room, but don't miss your chance to register by May 1st in order to receive the early bird discount.
 
Youth Camp Scholarship Fund

We have set a goal of raising $8,000 for our camp scholarship fund this year and we need your help. These funds will allow us to reach kids that can't afford to go to camp. You can donate here by indicating that your donation is for the camp scholarship fund. The Benefit Auction is another way you can contribute as all proceeds support this cause.
Hiring Summer Camp Staff

Working on staff at Ironwood is a great opportunity to use the gifts that God has given to you to impact campers for life. We have many job opportunities for 2016 Journey youth camps including Cabin Counselors, Jr. Counselors, Audio/Visual Directors, and Photographer/Videographer.  We are also looking to hire Program Staff Interns that would work for the months of June and July alongside our Summer Program Staff. Primary responsibilities would be to help us plan summer camps while running daily activities.  Apply online  or contact Cathy Jo with questions .
Wheelchair Camp in 43 Days!

The 30th  anniversary of the National Wheelchair Sports Camp is June 11-16 followed by a Family Wheelchair Camp June 18-21. Looks like we will have another full camp this year. Kids and adults will be coming from across the country. Thanks to all of the sponsors who have provided scholarships  for those who need it. Check the website for the more information.

On Saturday June 11th  at 2:00pm we need 400 wheelchairs at the Ranch all moving for three minutes. This will set a new record, which to date is 351 chairs. This event is followed by a free concert by Tony Melendez. Register at wheelers400.com today.
Welcome Jaimi!

Please welcome our newest staff member, Jaimi Stejskal, who has joined the staff as Program and Marketing Director. We are thrilled to have her on the team as she brings a wealth of experience in marketing, hospitality industry, non-profit program management, and fundraising events. Jaimi just recently was in marketing with Townsquare Media and has been the chairperson for Leadership Greater Rochester.

Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch
7291 County Road 6 SW | Stewartville MN 55976