From the bone-chilling wind we had in March to the gentle warmth of spring, several volunteer groups have already come to help us with groundskeeping at New Song!
The men from Transformational Ministries came out on a freezing day in March, working 3 hours in what felt like subzero conditions. “It was a blessing to have the men on campus and work alongside them,” shared Bob Schloss, New Song’s Director. “We need all the help we can get, and we’ll take it anytime of the year!”
Folks from Dive Christian Church near Bedford came out in April, helping with a variety of mulching, chain sawing, wood splitting, and other projects. The trip was initiated by long-time friend and volunteer, Tim Evans, who has come out annually to serve on campus with teams from Cummins Engine (we love our Cummins volunteers—two groups from Cummins are on the schedule!)
Pastor Joe McAdams from Dive was among the hard working group, and he was a great encouragement to our ministry. “We had a great time working at New Song this spring,” shared Pastor Joe. “Before we left that day, some of our folks were asking when we were going to be able to come back!”
In late April, 27 young men from Heritage Christian School Lacrosse Team, as well as their coach and some parents volunteered, and they carried the heaviest “load” so far among this year’s volunteers. Several of the guys spent the bulk of their time on campus moving a 2-ton pile of rip rap rock, laying each of the bowling ball size rocks in a long ditch along the road to prevent erosion. The group’s other work included laying a large stone pad to support a firewood stack, stacking all of the firewood that the Dive Church folks split, clearing up brush, installing playground mulch, along with typical mowing and weed trimming.
The lacrosse coach was in an especially good mood when they arrived that Saturday morning, as the day before they had just beaten their arch rival in a close game! Head coach Brian Scholtz has these words to say about the team’s trip:
“Thanks to New Song Mission for planning and preparing for a large group of young men. These men got to see and hear about New Song first-hand from brother Bob and some of his dedicated house families while working alongside of them to make simple yet important improvements. Our men have now become, in a small way, a part of a great story of serving and loving others.”
We appreciate Coach Brian, his team, and all of the others who have helped us so far this year in stewarding God’s campus here at New Song! The children and our staff are so blessed to have a beautiful campus on which to live and serve Christ.