By Cindy Clark, Executive Director of Apple Tree Center | Each year the Deaconess Community Awards “Mission Support Grants” to support the missions of different organizations. One of these grant recipients is Apple Tree Center in Kendallville, IN

Amidst all the anger, hatred and violence we hear of on a daily basis, I thought you would enjoy this story of love.

God has truly blessed us at The Apple Tree Center. Recently one of our student’s father’s died. The Program Director, Debbie, stepped forward and offered to host a funeral dinner at The Apple Tree Center for the 25 – 30 people.

Since it was cooking week at our summer camp, the menu was changed and the kids were able to prepare and serve the meal to their friend and his family.  This allowed the kids to cook, to support their friend and, in addition, they again had the experience of servanthood which is something we continually focus on.  Debbie said when she told the mother that you all were praying for them, she wept.

Amidst all the anger, hatred and violence we hear of on a daily basis, I thought you would enjoy this story of love. Thank you again for your prayers and loving support.

To find out more about Apple Tree Center: http://www.theappletreecenter.com/
To find out more about mission support grants: http://deaconesscommunity.org/mission-grants/