Empowering individuals and families to find hope, healing, and wholeness through therapeutic work with horses.
Respect: Because each of us is on a unique journey. Because each of us is uniquely created by God in His image. Because I value your experiences and your point of view.
Hope: Because life is just plain hard sometimes. Because "take heart" is a battle cry to be courageous and hold onto hope. Because of the Hope we have in Jesus, we can truly take heart and overcome our struggles.
Empowering: Because you have what it takes to do what you need to do, or to get through this difficult situation. Because I believe in empowering and equipping you to do it.
Wholeness: Because we are all broken, lost, and in need of redeeming. Because healing and becoming whole once again are possible and because we have a loving God who wants to heal, restore, and make whole once again.
Compassion: Because we are all on a journey. Because we all need someone to walk alongside us offering support and guidance as we learn, grow, and change.
Quality: Because you deserve service that is beneficial for you and your family. Because I respect you and the journey you are on.
Peace: Because our world is chaotic. Because true peace is real. Because we have a God of peace who wants to reconcile you to himself so that in Him, you can find that peace.
Take Heart is a battle cry to hold onto hope and have courage while facing seemingly impossible situations.Take Heart is named for the following verses in the Bible which inspire hope not only for the future, but for the present as well:
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. - Jesus (John 16:33)
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. - David (Psalm 31:24)
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. - David (Psalm 27:13-14)
Meagan's vision for Take Heart began in 2009, after reading the book Hope Rising by Kim Meeder, which told of Kim's work with hurting children and families at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon. Desiring to help people using horses for years, Meagan realized this was her calling, and enrolled in the Professional Counseling program at Lancaster Bible College to learn all she could about serving through counseling. In July 2014, after graduation and visiting Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch for a Similar Ministries Clinic, Meagan opened Take Heart.
Over the years Meagan has continued to study equine assisted therapy and trauma-informed interventions and has discovered techniques that are efficient and effective. Building a team and developing Take Heart into a place of hope and healing has been a real privilege.
In the future, Meagan hopes to grow Take Heart as a facility where people can come from anywhere to find hope and healing while working with horses.