During this mission I was lucky enough to work at Hearts and Horses. It was a week where children with disabilities came to horse camp. When you think of horse camp most people might think of working with horses, but here we mainly worked with eight amazing individuals. Each day we would start off by greeting them, taking them outside for an obstacle course then back inside for various activities. After lunch was when we took the children to ride the horses each day. Each day I felt like I was beyond blessed to be able to just be there. These children made an impact on my life that I will never forget. The smiles, laughter, personalities and welcoming hearts are forever stamped on my heart. One week away from my everyday life and into a week of theirs was an experience I’ll never forget.
DeAnna Wennekamp, Nolan Wandry, Noah Suman
The location I worked with along with Nolan Wandrey and Noah Suman, was CASA of Larimer County-Harmony House. Harmony House provides a safe and home-like setting for supervised visitation for children and their non-custodial family members as well as a safe place for conflict-free exchanges for parents with shared custody. Harmony House allows families to enjoy meals together, play outside, work on art projects and continue making memories in a place that feels like home.
Our Crew helped ready the house for families who met there in the evenings. The various tasks we did during the week was yard work (weeding, tree/bush trimming, raking etc.), cleaning and organizing cabinets and closets of toys, games, and puzzles.
The Mission trip gave me joy by seeing young children from our Church, working together and serving others and working with other children and adults they didn’t know from other Churches.
Working with Elderhaus was a great experience and I had a lot of fun. It was so cool to work with these people. Definitely worth the 14 Hour drive. It was an interesting experience to work with people with dementia. It was an important contribution to the community.
Wow, your stories make me proud of my church. Thanks for going, taking on these jobs, and writing about it! Caro, Freeman