Elizabeth and Faith Christophel

Farm & Ranch Living - - THE WAY WE LIVE -

Faith Christophel and her hus­band, Steve, felt called by God in 1996 to foster and adopt their 16 chil­dren from across the coun­try. With their adult daugh­ter Elizabeth, the cou­ple has pro­vided a nur­tur­ing place for kids with vi­o­lent pasts or who strug­gle with men­tal and be­hav­ioral dis­abil­i­ties. A menagerie in­hab­its Whispering Winds Ranch, but “the main crop the three of us raise is chil­dren,” Faith says. “We wanted them to have a place where they could learn to work hard, be self-sus­tain­ing, find peace and make happy mem­o­ries.” Since writ­ing the di­ary, Elizabeth has mar­ried, but she still finds time to visit of­ten. “My hus­band, Chris, fits right in with my crazy crew,” she says.

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