Judy & Jerry Wiedemeier
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Judy and Jerry Wiedemeier serve in a small, rural community in north central Iowa, close to the Iowa-Minnesota border. Residents are mainly farmers or involved in farm-related businesses.
While there are multiple churches in the area, all have seen a decrease in the attendance of young families and children. Due to this shift, there is a great need to reach out to local children with the gospel message, using passions and interests of the community to start building new relationships.
After seeing the need in their community for godly mentors and safe environments for local children, the Wiedemeiers began reaching out through the “riding light” equine ministry. With the desire to provide a positive influence in children’s lives, the ministry pairs students with mentors who show them Christ through action. The ministry also offers horsemanship days for youth groups and organizations.
Judy explains, “Children [in our community] often find themselves unsupervised with access to media and peer groups that do not promote wise life choices. Our goal is to be a caring mentor and role model, providing a positive peer group to aid these children in making smart life choices.”
In addition to their equine ministry, the Wiedemeiers also facilitate wintertime Bible studies at “The Triple J," their farm. These studies are open to children and their mentors to keep everyone growing in their relationships with God and each other.
Judy and Jerry became approved candidates with InFaith in September 2017.
The Wiedemeiers are the parents of four adult children who were adopted as “special needs” children. This experience began their desire to reach out to youth in Jesus’ name. They have been involved in AWANA, church youth groups, and Sunday school ministries.
Judy has worked with horses and kids for over twenty years. She has been involved in equine ministry for half of that time, serving at multiple area camps and youth mentoring outreaches. Through these experiences, Judy has seen repeatedly how a horse can bring out confidence and joy in a child.