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'The farm that faith built': Grace Alone Farm Ministries

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By Camille McClanahan

 

What happens when you cross an alpaca, some cows, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks and a mama pig named Wilbur with a family of faith? You get Grace Alone Farm Ministries in Dry Ridge.
Wayne and Hazel Massey are launching out on faith, offering their farm as a venue for healing to children and their families.Originally from Texas, they came to Kentucky when Wayne was transferred to Procter & Gamble in   Cincinnati. They lived in Ludlow for a few years and moved to Grant County a year and a half ago. Between dating and married life, they have been a couple for more than 30 years.
“As far back as when we dated, God started laying on my heart about adoption,” Hazel said. “We got married, had three children (biological). A guy came to our church and was speaking about adoption and we just started the next week trying to find out the avenues we needed to go through to do foster care.”
While in Texas, they became the foster parents of two boys, but it was a temporary arrangement. When the boys went back to their natural mother, a family meeting was called.
“We had four girls at that time, our three biological and the one that we had adopted,” Hazel said. “They came to us and they said, ‘We need a family meeting.’ It was very hurtful when the boys left, they were having a hard time and they said,’We don’t know that we can do this anymore, this is too hard, Mommy and Daddy.’ And it was just heart-wrenching.”
God used their children, to turn their parents to focus more on adoption, Hazel said.
Having their home full of children, some with special needs, and seeing how they relate to farm animals, led them to explore the idea of full-time ministry to other families.
“Because we have seen, taking her (a daughter) to other places, whether it be horse riding lessons, petting farms, whatever, it is such a calm that comes over her,” Hazel said. “It was through God using that to start the ministry seeing how she interacts with animals. It is emotionally healing—just opening her heart up for healing.”
The Masseys took that final leap of faith, when Wayne decided to leave his job at Procter & Gamble, in order to work full-time on the farm and in ministry.
“Every time I thought about it, I was thinking logically,” Wayne said. “If you think logically, you can talk yourself out of anything.”
After Bible study and prayer,  they discussed it and set a date that Wayne would end his 20-year career with Procter & Gamble.
“I know that God will lead where he wants us and he will take care of us,” Wayne said. “I have no doubt in my mind that will happen, so I walked away. It was difficult, as we were making our decision, but the minute I walked out the door, I never looked back—complete peace with it.”
Their adult children all have roles in the ministry and come often to help with the children who remain at home. Opening day, March 26,  will include a live band, activities for the children, face painting, different activities focusing on God, tours throughout, allowing people to see the vision and what they already have in place. They welcome church youth groups to help in activities or work days on the farm.
“I believe God will bring a lot of kids out here that need some type of hope or healing and through this ministry, I think he’ll allow them to see that there are other ways out there, that they can overcome whatever adversity they have in life,” Wayne said. “Come out here at no expense and enjoy things and play as a kid. Not all kids have special needs, as far as you can see—but all kids have needs.”