Cornerstone Children’s Ranch Inc. was founded in 1998 by the Steve Mercer Family with a Christ-given heart for missions. CCR is situated on ten acres of oasis on the border in the rural town of Quemado off HWY 277 on what the locals call the River Road: FM 1664. Quemado is halfway between Eagle Pass and Del Rio where the U.S. International Bridges are located. Quemado is approximately 18 miles from Eagle Pass and 43 miles from Del Rio. CCR is situated one mile from the Rio Grande River.
In 1997, God brought the Mercer Family to Quemado,Texas, a rural farming community surrounded with endless pecan orchards. The Mercer Family have been involved with missions in Indiana since 1983. They have provided much needed help to families in need of child care, the homeless in Chicago, provided clothing to the Pacific Garden Mission. During these years, God had taken them from owning a trucking company to foster parenting and child care, to where the CCR mission they serve today. God had been teaching and training them for several years about missions. God connected them with Brother Jack Calk of the Del Rio Uvalde Baptist and Bob King of Hungry kids International, and together they joined in helping the missions to Mexico. This began construction of CCR beginning with a vision to help the poor and hungry along theTexas and Mexico border. This was God’ doing by providing the funding of the land in just a few short months, and the funding for the new warehouse. God also provided the man for the job to start the warehouse, Mr. Kenny Price. Future plans include a local feeding program for the elderly and the hungry.
Currently, as of Fall of 2020, some twenty plus years later, CCR hosts a large warehouse, laundry room, showers, eight mini apartments and a large educational building. CCR is able to accommodate up to 35 people. Each of these mini apartments has bunk beds, mini kitchens for missionary use. Also included are a large meeting room with dining room/ commercial kitchen, upstairs classrooms for bible vacation school and educational youth groups which are available for retreats and conferences. CCR is willing to provide short-term missionary housing, a game room, and staff housing. CCR is willing to host missionary families coming to the border to resupply, or on their way back to the states, or who are just in need of a time of respite from their work on the mission field. We also provide bed and breakfast for weary mission travelers for a modest donation. CCR has peaceful and tranquil places like our fire pit and sitting areas around the ranch to just listen to the quiet hum of country life, to meet with the Lord and enjoy the star-filled Texas sky.