Teresa Neumann (July 7, 2010)
"The Lord tells us in Scripture, behold, I'm doing a new thing, and sometimes it doesn't look like what we're accustomed to."
(Baldwin City, Kansas)—When Sharon Borgeson first "locked eyes" with an 18-month-old Tobiano stallion at a farm auction in 1996, she knew God had a plan. She and her husband Jim were actually looking for an older gelding, one they could ride at their ranch in Baldwin City on the old Santa Fe Trail without the headache of training and breaking.
As reported in LJ World, the white and red paint horse was wrong in every way—"too young, unbroken and definitely not a gelding, but the stallion's eyes told them to give it a shot." They named him "Toby" (his real name is Thirsty Peppy) and he has proven to be a "cash cow" in charitable contributions to people in need around the world. How? Through stud fees that go to a ministry called Toby, The People's Horse Inc.—with each $550 stud session, $400 goes directly to the charity, with the remainder going to the breeder.
"The IRS has determined that he's a public charity—501(c)3, tax-exempt status," said Jim. "He's given away $225,000. He has 80 agents, which give the money away."
Said Sharon: "It's hard to explain to people, because they say, 'We just don't get it. What [has] the horse got to do with anything?' So, obviously, if it was a therapeutic riding program or something, it would make a lot more sense. It's just a way to make money, basically."
The Borgesons' pastor at Lawrence First Church of the Nazarene, Rev. Bob Giffin, agreed. "Sometimes we tend to try and put ministry, to put God, in a box and say, 'This is how you do it.' And the Lord tells us in Scripture, behold, I'm doing a new thing, and sometimes it doesn't look like what we're accustomed to."
Read how the Borgeson's were first inspired to "do what you can, with what you have, where you are," by clicking on the link provided. It's an encouraging story for those who feel they're not in a position to do anything "life-changing" in their own lives.
Source: Sarah Henning - LJWorld