“Before [my internship] I had to seclude myself to hear God...I would set aside an hour or two for quiet time. It was hard to get alone time with God in the structure of Ranch life...[But] day to day, He would reveal things through daily interactions...He’s always with me. Before I needed to make an appointment. [Now] I’m often praying in the moment during the day, drawing as close as I can… “
- David Hernandez, 3-month intern
David finished his internship in August and returned to UC Merced, where he will continue his studies in Political Science.
Over the past few months I’ve mentioned a number of ways we’re working to update CEM, from policies to procedures to facilities. Today I’m happy to announce another step forward and introduce our new mission and vision statements! The format is new, but the content is not: you’ll immediately recognize the same heart and focus behind our new formulations.
For over a year we’ve recognized the need to do this. Organizations have moved toward succinct mission and vision statements, with the benchmark being 3-22 words. This is a widely-held standard for a number of reasons, including ease in communicating these crucial ideas with external constituencies, as well as helping to maintain a precise, crystalized internal focus.
For decades the Ranch has had a purpose document that has underpinned what we do as a ministry and why, and we’ve also had a motto. The purpose statement is useful for internal discussions and guiding the Board of Directors in making decisions, but it’s not suited for communicating the heart of CEM to the outside world.
“Something I observed in the dorm that I was hesitant to address at first was the negativity surrounding body image. When the girls were getting ready in the morning, they would be poking at different parts of their bodies, asking, “Why can’t I change this?” My first response was to tell them, “You’re beautiful.” I quickly realized my words were being deflected... but I wanted them to see that their health is so much more than physical health. I would ask them, “What do you love about yourself? What do you like about your roommate?” We made daily goals to better our physical health, but I really strived to help them look internally, too. There were nights when we were rolling on the floor laughing while doing an ab workout. I realized it is the small things of daily life that we can speak into.”
- Vanessa Harris, 3-month intern
After completing her internship in August, Vanessa returned to William Jessup University to complete her last semester of studies in Psychology.