As we wrap up another SOWER month, I thought I’d share a bit about the ministry where we’ve been working – Apple Tree Education Center.
What started out as much needed day-care center in 1999 has grown to an full early childhood center, with care from birth through age 5, including a Pre-K program and after school care. In addition, they have opened a Christian school (K-12), a Boys and Girls Club in the center of town, and a home visitation program that supports families with children from prenatal care through age 3 with individualized assistance from early childhood experts. Truth or Consequences (more on the town at a later date) is quite the artsy-touristy town, but it is a not a wealthy community by any stretch of the imagination (almost a quarter of the population is beneath the poverty line). The impact that Apple Tree is making on the community is huge, and we were privileged to serve here!
So what did we do?
Well, there were three of us ladies working this month, and while Billie manned the front desk, Jayne & I tackled some behind scenes, good old fashioned grunt work. Like straightening out a well used supply closet –
It took us a couple of days (and those teachers may never find their ‘stuff’ again), but we got the job done!
Once we got that closet and a second one all tidied up, we moved on to the library. In the weeks before we arrived the library had been emptied of books and shelves and new carpet was laid. The shelves were re-installed and our job was to re-shelve the books. It was a pretty huge job that was made a bit more manageable with the help from the NCCC Team.
I confess it was fun looking through all the books and getting them all organized (well, more or less) and it was a delight to leave it all tidy and clean (with the exception of the boxes at the rear that were headed to the book graveyard)-
So while we were trying to figure out just where to put “Where the Wild Things Are”, the men were tackling quite a larger problem across the street.
The main building at The Orchard.
When this property was purchased it was a derelict motel unit of some nature. This property is being re-purposed as housing for volunteers, interns and staff. Currently it has 10 RV sites, and several individual housing units. The building in the center is the last piece of the puzzle. And the guys (along with that great NCCC team) have been working on getting it closer to completion. Oh, it still has a long way to go, but in the time we’ve been here, it’s gone from floor joists –
to walls up and wiring done.
Even though our time here is just about up, another group of SOWERS will be arriving next week, and will begin where we’ve left off.
And that, dear friends, is the beauty of our SOWER work! We don’t always get to see a job right to completion, but we always rest in the knowledge of others will follow. God never leaves his work undone!
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:4-6
If you’d like to know more about Apple Tree Educational Center and the impact it is having on the T or C community, you can visit their website HERE!
If you’d like to more about the NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) and the great work they do to strengthen communities, check out their website HERE! We really enjoyed working along side these young people!
And of course, if you’d like to see a couple more project pictures – you can check them out HERE!
Thanks for stopping by!