Update #1 by Brett Golson at 7:03 pm on Thu 1/15/2009 I just received an update from JH. Their attorneys are assuring them that even with a worst case outcome, the ranch will be open this summer. Praise God! Here's an excerpt:
Thank you for all of your prayers and for the hundreds of emails and letters sent to the elected officials in the county. The Lord has been incredibly gracious. We now have contacts in the offices of the state senator and assemblyman, and even in Governor Schwarzenegger’s office. Furthermore, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has agreed to take on our case. ADF is a noted national association of lawyers that champions the rights of Christians in disputes with the government.
Specifically you can pray that the case would be dismissed and sent back to the Department of Planning from the District Attorney office, where it is currently being reviewed. Once that happens we will be able to meet with the Planning Department Supervisor and county attorney to resolve this matter.
God must have something really special He wants to do this summer.
Original Prayer Request
The local governing authority in California, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, has been petitioned to close operations at JH Ranch.
More Info: http://www.jhranch.com/Applications/Call%20to%20Action.pdf
The Ranch has been operating for 30 years in their present location outside of Etna. Their mission is to help fathers and mothers successfully raise their sons and daughters and introduce them to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please pray for God to direct the leadership at the JH Ranch. Also pray that the Lord would fight for them in this legal battle, and that the influence and impact of this ministry would continue to increase.