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Department of Athletics Offers Hope for Help

by Office of Marketing | Sep 27, 2013
Valley Forge Christian College sports teams, comprised of athletes and coaches from men’s and women’s soccer, cross country and women’s volleyball, attended Glad Tidings Church in Reading, Pa. for the morning service on August 18, 2013. The Patriots listened to a fitting message from special speaker, Don Sunshine, about stepping out in faith and fulfilling God’s charge to show His love by reaching those in need, where they need it.

At the end of the service, the Patriots traveled down the road and met with Robert Turchi, Executive Director of Hope Rescue Mission. Hope Rescue Mission exists for the purpose of bringing Christ and a fresh start to the men who call upon the mission. The men there are dealing with homelessness, alcoholism, drug addiction and joblessness, and often have overwhelming debt. Some men also have a history of crime and experience a general lack of concern and compassion from their fellow man. Hope Rescue Mission offers various programs for the men, such as spiritual training, basic work skills, financial and life skills education and esteem-building, all to assist them in getting their lives back on track.

After hearing the testimonies of several men and how the mission has helped get them back on their feet, the teams were motivated even further to help out. Over the next three hours, the teams were divided up and focused on various areas of the mission. The women’s volleyball team shucked over 200 ears of corn for the food kitchen, the men’s soccer team helped clean out and move equipment in the wood shop, and the women’s soccer team and cross country team worked together to organize and clean the massive donation storage room that provides materials for the mission’s outlet store.

This is just the beginning of another year full of service projects organized by the Department of Athletics. Each of the 11 varsity sports teams will substitute a service project for a practice session at least one time during their season. The next major project will be the annual canned food drive at Midnight Madness on October 18.