The Trinity Donkeys
While you’re visiting the retreat center, take time to visit our little donkey sanctuary on the edge of the Trinity Forest. We have six donkeys. They were rescued from kill pens, and their rescue embodies our mission to be a refuge for those who need peace, comfort, and healing on life’s journey.
Why donkeys? Jesus chose a humble animal, the donkey, to ride into the city of Jerusalem. Jesus counted the donkey as equal to every other living being and chose the donkey to demonstrate humility, as many people associated donkeys with a lower class. Donkeys are plain, humble creatures. There is nothing fancy or glorious about them, but they are good servants to humans. They do their job without vanity or ego.
We believe donkeys embody Trinity’s core values of faith, integrity, inclusiveness, compassion, social justice, and stewardship.
Donkeys love to work. They are trained to do work that includes pulling ride carts, helping with farming, working as pack animals for trail maintenance in the woods, and participating in special services such as Palm Sunday at Trinity Church.
Donkeys represent the outcasts—“the least of these”—whom Christ calls us to welcome and protect. Donkeys are among the most misunderstood and underappreciated animals. They have the reputation of being stubborn, mean, and lazy. In reality, they are humble, gentle, calm, and intelligent. A donkey putting her head on your shoulder is the equivalent of a hug.
Trinity rescued the donkeys from kill pens, where they were being sold for their hides. The plight of the donkey is like that of the elephant and rhino, animals slaughtered around the world to feed the vanity of humans. Donkeys in China are threatened because their skin is coveted for its use in cosmetics, sweets, and a popular anti-aging medicine.
The rescue of donkeys embodies the retreat center’s mission to be a refuge for those who need peace, comfort, and healing on life’s journey.
Donkeys are useful in the fight against predators. The donkeys protect the retreat center’s chickens, which provide eggs for the farm-to-table kitchen.