"A Place of Rescue" and "A Journey to Peace."

Scatter Joy Acres

Scatter Joy Acres  is a 26-acre urban Rescue/Animal Therapy ranch in Omaha, NE. 
 We take in abused, neglected and abandoned animals. Those we that don?t find loving forever home are trained 
to become therapists in our Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program. 

Our certified AAT program provides help for those in greatest need in our community:
 at-risk children, the developmentally disabled, seniors, homeless, the mentally ill, veterans, and those re-entering society.



Posted by Scatter Joy Acres on July 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM



After a long 8 months of changes in my life, God has put on my heart to share those experiences with you. On Christmas day 2013 the next phase of my life had begun, not knowing the outcome and blaming myself for what was happening. How can you just turn your back on your family and ministry that was making a difference in the community? As every tear was shed over the next few months God was preparing me for what he had in store for me. It still didn’t feel right how you spend 7 years with someone and they just throw you out like you were a piece of trash, and move on with someone else like we never happened.

When you have a life of hurt and pain in you and have never sought for the true answers and healing, you live life in this ugly world we live not really know the truth. God has taken me to a new level of understanding of what He has wanted for me and I just didn’t see it, because I was trying to fix other people in my life. God is the only one who can fix other people all I can do it work on me. I am so blessed to have the ministry that God has given me, and to know that when I was a child growing up, how those cows would take their big head and wrap me up in their neck and let me know they loved me even if I didn’t feel it from my family. Here I am today 48 years old and still without a relationship with my family, because I have let them down, and told I have to prove myself. Prove myself for what? Who makes the rules on when we are accepted?

As I have been stripped and brought to my knees the past few months and shown the love of my true Father in heaven, I have come to realize my parents didn’t have any idea about the name they gave me.


: a feeling of great happiness

: a source or cause of great happiness : something or someone that gives joy to someone

: success in doing, finding, or getting something

This is the normal everyday meaning of joy, but really down deep inside of me is the goal to be become a living expression of joy. Choosing joy (surrender to the work of the Holy Spirit) transforms your life and therefore all those you influence. Joy is evangelistic. Missional. Mountain moving. I have moved a few mountains in my life but now of my own will. As I am moving another mountain in my life now I can’t thank the people who have been there to support me via prayer, talking and just letting me cry and listen.

With the ministry that I have been called to, I everyday am able to help show people of all ages the true love and joy that is brought through the animals that are at the ranch. We are all on an ultimate journey that will take us to a deeper understanding of who we are. I am blessed that I to get to be around animals as Jesus was.

It’s very interesting that Jesus seemed to be around animals often, and He frequently used animals in His parables. It would appear that Jesus had animals on His mind. Let’s take a look at some of these scriptures.

Jesus was born in a manger, which is a feeding trough for livestock, and was surrounded by animals. Isn’t it interesting that of all the places that Jesus potentially could have been born, that it was in a stable with the animals.

The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in the form of a dove when John was baptizing Him. It’s interesting that the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit appeared in animal form.

Jesus taught that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:23-24)

In the Bible, Jesus is called the Lamb of God. (Revelation Chapter 5)

He’s called the Good Shepherd.

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. John 10:14

Jesus is referred to as The Lion of Judah.

Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals. Revelation 5:5

So how lucky am I that I to get to be among Jesus animals and be able to help others become the one that God has created them to be. I have now listen to that small still voice that has been with me and in faith made some choices to completely serve my Lord and Savior, to trust him with the finances, the moving of the ministry and the people that will continue to be touched by what God will do in their lives though the animals.

Some of you have come to me in the past month and said how strong I am it is not me it is the Spirit within me that keeps me knowing that the Joy I bring to you in the community is Jesus unconditional love. We need to keep that mind of a child.

"Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Mark 10:15


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Reply Laura Fisher
2:03 PM on August 6, 2014 
Hi Joy. I am a bit confused. Are you Soby Ranch and Scatter Joy Acres? From what I can tell from your blog, have you and your husband John separated? If that is the case, I am so sorry for you. At any rate, something has gone wrong for you and I am sorry. Turning towards God is definitely the right move. He will always direct your path in the direction you should go. Good luck in your new location. We will miss you over by my house on north 60h st. Blessings, Laura