I will forever have a special place in my heart for this ranch. If you want a life changing, godly, & very special summer for you kiddo aged 6-18 please give rainbow bible ranch a try! You WILL NOT forget it. This place taught me how to pray, remember the Bible, know Jesus on a personal level, hard work pays off & the love that great people can share. They are asking for prayer for 2018, please keep this amazing ranch & family in your prayers and check out their website filled with info. Sterling has 2 more years & she will be a little rancher!! We can’t wait!!!
With all the stress we as parents face....our children need this camp...this family....this love...this is the best thing you can do for your child..💘...believe me..I said why pay for my kid to ride a horse when she had a pasture full...but this camp is so much more....they come home TRANSFORMED...lay a firm foundation....you owe your kids that....
BY MOLLY ANN SCHUNNEMAN
For me as a kid...
One of the best things my parents ever did for me as a kid was send me to Rainbow Bible Ranch! It was there, at the age of 9 when I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Although I didn't walk with Him for the following 10 years, the time I had at camp laid a foundation for me for the years to come. <3
Building long-time friendships, learning God's word, and getting the opportunity for a "city kid" to learn about hard work and grit are just some of the things I'm so thankful for. Not to mention being around the Larry Robin Reinhold family who are incredible, faithful people who showed me a great example of God's picture of family and togetherness!
23 years later I sing some of the songs I remember from camp to my sweet Stella. I wish she could stay my baby forever, but I get excited to see what God will do for her heart when she attends camp in a few years!
Camps do cost money, but I know THIS camp is an investment that can have an incredible return! Spots do fill up, so if it doesn't work this year to send your kiddos, start planning and saving for next year!
By Dan Damon April 2018
Our church youth group had some hayrides out at the Reinhold ranch, twenty miles north of town. We used to count three and a half horizons as we bounced up the graveled road on our way to the Lone Tree Ranch. The drivers topped the hills at fifty miles per hour in the middle of these narrow roads because no one was ever coming. We took that and many other things on faith in those days.
When we got to the ranch, Tige Reinhold was waiting with a tractor hitched to the hay wagon and we piled out of the cars and onto the wagon. Tige was almost as big as the cattle he raised. Things got rowdy as we rolled over the dark prairie. I fell off the hay wagon a few times. Actually, we pushed each other off many times. We would run alongside the wagon and hop back up into the soft, scratchy hay.
Maybe I was getting a little tired, but once I just stayed on the ground and watched the hay wagon roll away. No one noticed my absence. When I was ready, I started to walk toward the wagon, but the full harvest moon was starting to light the South Dakota prairie. The beauty of the scene stopped me in my tracks. As I gazed at the moon and struggled in the dark without a trail, I had the strong thought that my life would involve many struggles, but if I followed the light I would get where I needed to go. I felt like God was talking to me while I was alone at night on the prairie. I know it doesn’t sound like much when I tell it years later, but it felt big at the time, and I remember it vividly to this day. I followed the moon, and returned in time to the hayride. No one was worried about me, and I spoke to no one about my experience.
Dan Damon is a minister and song writer living in California.
By Colleen Brunner CATTLE BUSINESS WEEKLY DECEMBER 20, 2017
“The sights, the sounds, the aromas,” said Rainbow Bible Ranch Director Larry Reinhold, as he welcomed nearly 160 people into a tiny barn where a living nativity was played out. Squint a bit and imagine, and you will be transported back to that first Christmas. You will envision the night when Jesus the Savior was born among animals, wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a crude manger filled with hay.
The event was held on Friday, December 8 at Lonetree Ranch. This was the 24th year that Rainbow Bible Ranch has held the living nativity in the old barn built by Reinhold’s grandfather.
“How pleased Grandpa Emanuel Reinhold would be to see the barn that he built over 90 years ago filled with animals and people celebrating the Birthday in the barn,” said Reinhold.
The evening was a blustery, windy night and the Cowboy Wisemen, portrayed by Danny and Caleb Reinhold and their friends Jesse Anderson and Tanner Elefson, were unable to light a fire while they rested during their search for the star. But each carload of people, who traveled from afar to see the Birthday in the Barn, saw the young men off to the side as they made their way to Lonetree Ranch.
“Cowboy wisemen is kind of an oxymoron,” said Reinhold of these young men. But he laughed and said he was thankful they were there.
The general crowd was directed to the main hall, where Laura Adrian played Christmas music. The characters portraying the nativity gathered in the barn to prepare. The animals were led in, one by one. Edgar the sheep and a small American Babydoll lamb, as well as a goat, a pony, a horse, and chickens. Belle, the family dog was there and even a young calf born late in the fall surrounded the nativity; just as it was on that first Christmas night.
The baby was Owen Anderson, son of Taylor and Abby Anderson of Gillette, Wyo. Abby was a camper at Rainbow years ago and said it was a privilege for her son to portray this special role. Caleb Clark, a former RBR wrangler and his girlfriend Angela Grace portrayed the roles of Joseph and Mary. Angels were the daughters of Tyson and Shiloh Hewitt, Adessa, Jalee, and Allie, as well as Julia Reinhold. Abby and Kahler Finn, Kirsten and Rachel Reinhold, and Josh Hunt were shepherds.
There was a hush as people crowded into the small barn and first saw the nativity. Silence fell for long moments, and then Larry Reinhold began to share the Christmas story. He told how the mother of Jesus and Joseph traveled so far for the census, and that the babe was born in a barn, among the animals.
The scene was so real. The words Reinhold shared so poignant, that most just stood in awe of being able to relive this wonderful event. Finally, Pastor Derek Anderson led the group in several Christmas carols and then Reinhold invited the little ones to come closer.
“Get right up here,” he said. “Do you want to get on Pumpkin (the pony)?” he asked. “Come close and see the baby.”
People lingered for long moments, taking it all in and then began to disperse, heading back to the main hall where refreshments were laid out. Laura and her sister Sarah on the flute played tune after tune. People were greeted outside the barn by the Cowboy Wisemen as they walked through the starlit night toward the hall.
Friends and neighbors, as well as complete strangers, gathered in the warmth of the hall to sit and eat and visit. Finally, small groups returned to their cars and drove away.
Next year it will happen again. A different cast of nativity characters will take their places in Emanuel’s barn and tell the world’s greatest story.
Colleen Brunner is a freelance writer based in Newell, S.D. contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 28, 2017 – By Guest Writer - Ketura Veal
"Come away, find out Who I AM, and know My voice." Rainbow Bible Ranch: a place of distance from the world, a time where time seemed to stop and eternity began. A "bar" that was raised very high, but attainable.
I grew up in a pastor's home. I knew ALL about doing. Serving as a teachers helper at the age of 7, leading youth when I was a youth, working with the elderly, leading hymns during songs service, the list was endless.
I needed to learn about "Being" in Christ. I learned this being a camper. But the biggest lesson came the summer I was kitchen staff. The Lord taught me a hard lesson and I haven't forgotten it. I certainly wanted to be "doing" the role of camp counselor. That certainly looked liked a more noteworthy position than kitchen staff. I thought for sure I was equipped, I knew ALL about ministry or so I thought. They didn't need kitchen staff, I NEEDED to "be" kitchen staff. I needed to come away from it all, so as to fall in love with my Savior. And fall in love, I DID! He became everything to me. I didn't serve because it made me look good but because my love for Him flowed over. Yes, the very early mornings, sometimes ungrateful mouths, and flopped meals from a 15 year old. These taught me that leadership means "being" in Christ which is serving in humility. I really don't think I would be where I am today if I hadn't learned that. I am so grateful to Larry and Robin who listened to the Lord as they placed me in that perfect place, aka "kitchen staff."