Isaiah 11 Ministry started with Christian counseling using animals as part of the counseling process. It opened in May 2010 using shed for an office space. Linda rented a space from a wildlife rescue center using cats from her own home cat rescue and also the animals at the wildlife rescue.
During this time, Linda took the first level of training in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy from EAGALA. This training allows the use of horses as part of the therapy process. Linda asked friends to be part of a prayer team for the ministry. As the ministry grew, Linda was lead to moved to a temporary office while she looked for a permanent setting for Isaiah 11. In July of 2011 property was purchased, volunteers did the work required and rescued animals moved in to their new home.
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, dogs, 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.
No client is turned away because of inability to pay for services. Many who can’t pay choose to offer voluntary service at the farm in return, but this is not required.