VAN — Officials at Sky Ranch are calling the camp’s new prayer walkway and chapel “God ordained.”
The messages on the stones describe the prayer life of Christ and how believers can emulate it.
“Christ went through the same things we do,” Sky Ranch president and CEO Linda Paulk said. “He experienced stress and rejection, but he handled it through prayer.”
The messages, which include Scripture as well as original statements and questions, were written by a team led by Sky Ranch’s chief ministry officer and chairman of the board.
“We wanted to make it culturally relevant in a way that a reader could relate to it,” Mrs. Paulk said.
Only six stones were ordered for the original design, but seven were accidentally constructed by the company Sky Ranch hired.
The chapel contains hand-designed stained glass windows, three pews made of a strong type of wood from South America, and the flagstone used for the walkway and chapel was hand-selected from Arizona. The whole project cost about $300,000 and was paid for by 280 donors. The area will be dedicated at a private ceremony on Sunday.
While individuals who visit the ranch can walk through the area for a time of personal reflection, officials also created a curriculum for staff counselors to use for camps.
“Imagine this: you’re sitting around this campfire, it’s dark, the stars are out, and the lights under the stones are lighting up the messages,” Mrs. Paulk said. “I can hardly talk about it without crying.”