“A hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of house we lived in, the kind of car we drove or how much money we had in the bank, but the world may be different because you and I were important in the life of a child.”
This is the core philosophy of John Croyle, founder and executive director of Big Oak Ranch–a Christian home for children who’ve been abused, neglected or abandoned and need a chance to find a normal life, God’s love and, “To find that we are all more than our circumstances–we are what we have the strength to become”.
After winning a National Championship on the University of Alabama’s 1973 football squad, 19-year old John Croyle followed his calling to provide a home for children in need. Since its creation, Big Oak Ranch has impacted the lives of about 2,000 children.
The ranch is rooted in Isaiah 61:3, “And they shall be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He may be glorified”. There is both a Boys Ranch and a Girls Ranch, currently investing in over 100 children, and boasting horses, livestock, swimming pools, and gymnasiums.
Croyle promises each child at Big Oak four things: I love you. I’ll never lie to you. I’ll stick with you until you’re grown. There are boundaries; don’t cross them. Croyle and his wife, Tee, remain faithful in sowing seeds of righteousness.
I have followed Croyle’s work for the past twenty years and admire him and the work he does greatly.