I have been a long-time resident of Arizona and have considered Payson to be my second home. Every chance I got I would escape from the Valley and head up to Payson to take my kids to the park or play in the creeks, or just walk through the woods. Payson is awesome and the people are great.
I was in the Payson courthouse not too long ago and saw a poster of the statistics of juveniles who were in prison -- I believe on a national level. The majority of these children were facing sentences for killing their mother's abuser. Why are those children even having to be there? Why wasn't the law there to protect the mother and children from the violence? Why did it have to come to that?
I have founded an non-profit organization called National Voices for Rights of Children. A dear friend of mine is working hand-in-hand with me to speak out and make a difference in the lives of children who are suffering from or in danger of abuse.
So many times we are told my legal authorities that there is nothing you can do to protect your children from abuse until they suffer from a life-threatening injury first and are put in the hospital. I don't know about you, but I don't think a child should have to be at that point before anyone takes the cries for help seriously.
I believe that Payson is a place were people stand together, where the lives and safety of their children come first. It is our goal to some day have a working ranch up in the Payson or Rim area that we can use to temporarily let those who have removed themselves from a violent situation and have no where to go, stay with us for a few months while we help them get back on their feet, and find work and a place of their own.
I would love to find a place, even one that used to be part of an old ranch, that we could turn into a guest ranch/retreat to give of ourselves and help those in need. I would love some suggestions from those in Payson or the Rim area who may know of the perfect place for us to take over and help rebuild some lives. We would like a place that has some acreage because horses will be a big part of this ranch.
Ideally, we would love to run cattle on it and have enough room to build some cabins or have some already on it that we can utilize as the guest ranch part of the operation.
Let's be like our forefathers were and like the Lord also asks us to do. Matthew 25:40 "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
So Payson ... I need your help. Please write to me at National Voices for Rights of Children, P.O. box 7723, Mesa, AZ 85216.
National Voices for Rights of Children