Tabor freshman learn to serve others

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For the 12th year, Tabor College students and faculty experienced serving the needs of others as part of new student orientation.

Seven groups of freshmen, resident assistants and faculty advisers traveled to Wichita Saturday, Aug. 28, to work with non-profit organizations, including World Impact Village, two Ronald McDonald’s homes, Union Rescue Mission and His Helping Hands, a ministry of Central Christian Church.

The name of one site could not be released for security issues.

Three groups of students worked at New Jerusalem Missions in Newton, a Christian mission organization “showing the love of Jesus to those affected by AIDS,” and affiliated with Youth With a Mission, according to founder Penny Dugan. There, Tabor students landscaped and painted a homeless shelter expected to open in November.

With only six staff members and additional volunteers working regularly on the project, Dugan said she was blessed by the Tabor students’ work.

“It’s just overwhelming to have this many people. We really appreciate it,” Dugan said. “If you look at this project, it is huge and it gets so overwhelming. We welcome the college students.”

Three groups remained in Marion County to work at Morning Star Ranch in rural Florence and Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro. Main Street Ministries director Lillian Bookless was also grateful for the help her organization received. A group of men moved furniture, others landscaped, and playground equipment was sanded, dusted and painted.

“It’s a big boost because we can’t keep up-we need volunteers,” Bookless said. “Main Street can’t operate without volunteers, and so having 12 to 15 college students for a few hours (allows us to) accomplish a lot.

“In fact, things have been stacked up waiting for this day, so it’s going to be really nice to get some things taken care of.”

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