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Angela Miller serves in Mountain Lake, a rural area of southern Minnesota. Most residents in surrounding communities are farmers. Though the community is considered to be very religious, there are many families that fall through the cracks of established church ministries.
There are many broken families in these communities—some kids live out of suitcases as they shuffle between the homes of divorced parents. There is a large group of local kids living in foster care, and some live with grandparents or are passed around to extended family members.
The biggest need among these kids is to feel the hope, joy, and love found in Jesus. After experiencing the brokenness that comes with divorce, tragedy that results in single-family homes, or the complexities of the foster care system, these kids simply want to know that they are important and loved. There is also a need to show these kids what healthy relationships look like.
After seeing the need in her community, Angela began her “ride by faith” horse ministry to reach local youth. Using horses as a bridge to build relationships with the kids, the program offers one-on-one mentoring where the kids are loved on, listened to, challenged, and the gospel is shared. The horse ministry runs May through October each year, and provides a great experience for the adults who serve as mentors.
During January, February, and March, the same kids involved in Angela’s horse ministry take part in a Bible study together, digging deeper into God’s word. Angela also serves at several Christian horse and Bible camps during the summer.
Angela became an approved candidate with InFaith in September 2017.
For as long as she can remember, Angela has been involved in ministry in some capacity. In high school, she worked with local AWANA clubs. Since college, she has served full time with Youth Encounter, New Life Ranch, and Youth for Christ. Throughout these ministry experiences, Angela has also stayed involved in the local church, and currently leads music for small churches that do not have regular music leaders.
Angela married her husband in September 2016, and has enjoyed learning how to do ministry while being married. “Ministry [as part of a marriage team] is much different, but I am excited to see how God can use our relationship to benefit the students I serve.”