London Heiser and family

Discovering Freedom and Healing

Miracle Moments


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“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God…” Psalm 40:1-3

As a child, I was hurt and ashamed. Forced to carry the struggles of the adults around me, I frequently moved from place to place. The only consistency I experienced was the physical abuse, neglect and yelling. Because of its consistency, I didn’t realize at the time that it was abnormal. But somewhere deep inside I questioned it. Why do I feel so helpless? Why do the people around me not see me as a child who longs for love? I had so many questions, no voice to express them and no one to help me find the answers. Until I came to Big Oak Ranch.  

London as a young girl
London Heiser says her time at Big Oak Ranch helped her find freedom and healing.

Excited, but nervous, I arrived at Big Oak and even the permanence of the Girls’ Ranch sign reassured me that this would be different. I walked through the doors of the office and the smiles on every face told me I was wanted. They would hear me. They would see me. I just knew it.  As I settled into my new home, I was encouraged to ask hard questions and to talk about my feelings. For the first time, people listened. I found the freedom to grow and heal as my Big Oak family helped me navigate the difficult answers to my questions. As I walked this journey, I was surrounded by people who were patient with my mistakes, firm in discipline and unconditional in their love for me.  

London Heiser and family
London Heiser is seen here with her husband Colton and their daughter Haven.

Big Oak showed me not only what childhood should look like, but what parenting truly is. I saw marriages that operated from a desire to elevate and love one another, with the intentionality to build a family that is strong and equipped for the future. We did chores on the Ranch together and I learned how to budget – how to tithe, pay bills, and save and spend wisely. From a girl with so many questions and no voice, to a wife and mother who has found healing, I might not understand every answer, but I do now understand how God intended family to be. I do understand that there is hope. My husband, Colton, is my best friend and we work together to ensure life is different for our beautiful daughter, Haven.

When I visit Big Oak and see each new Family Beach Trip photo hanging on the wall, I am filled with gratitude for a home where other children can find a place to belong, a place to also find their voice. To read more, visit

-London Heiser

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