Isaiah 11 Ministry started with Christian counseling using animals as part of the counseling process. It opened in May 2010 with a shed for office space, renting space from a wildlife rescue using cats from the rescue Linda already ran and whatever animals were at the wildlife rescue. During that time Linda took the first level of training in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy from EAGALA. which allows for the use if horses as part of the therapy process. Linda asked some friends to be part of a prayer team for the ministry. As the ministry grew and the goals of the wildlife rescue and the ministry seemed to be going in different directions Linda moved to a temporary office while she looked for just the right setting for Isaiah 11. In July of 2011 property was purchased, volunteers did the work required and rescued animals moved in.
Today Isaiah 11 has become so much more than just a counseling center using animals. While counseling is still a huge focus, Isaiah 11 also offers life coaching, mentoring, tutoring, lessons in horse grooming and training, a safe place to gather and have fun, nutrition classes, Bible study, pet sitting for individuals in shelters or treatment facilities and a refuge for abused/neglected animals.. Isaiah 11′s current animals include horses, donkeys, pot belly pig, goats, chickens, bunnies, ducks, a farm dog named Honey Bee, and way too many cats to count. Linda’s little dog Tippy, who is quite the therapy dog, comes with her on a daily basis.
Barn Group: Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm and includes animal care, dinner, games and activities. Open to boys and girls of mixed ages, usually from about age 8-25. Parents are welcome to attend if they choose. Kids can bring cupcakes or other treats to celebrate their birthdays if they wish.
Girls’ Club: Wednesdays from 4:30-6pm and includes artsy/crafty activities, activities with horses, animal care and a snack. Open to any girl who wishes to attend. Ages are typically 7-25. Moms are welcome to stay if they wish.
No client is turned away because of inability to pay. Many who can’t pay choose to offer some service at the farm in return but this is not required.
Our Mission Statement
To provide hope and healing for individuals, couples and families struggling with a variety of life issues regardless of their ability to pay. To provide safe refuge for neglected and homeless domestic and farm animals.
Our Vision Statement
To become a recognizable source of comfort, hope, healing and community for the people of Kosciusko County and surrounding areas.