Each U-Turn ranch location provides residents with the opportunity to give back to a community that was once ambivalent towards them. U-Turn’s mission is to teach individuals to be independent, self-supporting, and stable under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, thereby becoming assets to their family, church, friends, employers, schools, and society. Most enrollees come to U-Turn For Christ after hitting their life’s “bottom,” and some are ready to do whatever is necessary to have Jesus Christ restore their lives and give them peace. We have found that when men and women come prepared to give up “leaning on their own understanding,” and completely surrender themselves to the Lord’s work for eight months, their lives are never the same.
HOW IT WORKS
In Phase One of our program, participants spend a minimum of two months at one of our U-Turn For Christ ranch locations. Participants stay in military-style quarters, one large room filled with bunks. This type of housing promotes healthy fellowship. “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17). Participants participate in morning devotions, daily chores, volunteer community service, evening Bible study, and nightly personal devotion time throughout the day.
Phase Two of our program is six months long and comes with two possible paths to travel. Some return to work, pay a monthly donation and attend church with first phase participants in the evening. Others are chosen to commit six months of service to the Lord and are provided for by the ministry. This last choice comes with considerable sacrifice. Servants of Christ can be called on at all times to serve in many different ways.
The conclusion of the six-month period does not have to be the end. Many who return to work will stay a year or more, choosing a higher level of accountability and fellowship for their lives. Many who have stayed to serve in ministry continue to serve at other U-Turn for Christ facilities in the United States and worldwide.