It was a Thursday afternoon, June of 2016. Having just completed a church building project in Poyen, Arkansas, RVer, Tom turns to his wife, Betty, to say that he can now sit down and rest. However, Friday offered a "call to go." When Tom read the email that Hillcrest needed volunteers who could help with some electrical work, he knew God was leading; God was calling. With tears in his eyes, Tom expresses "There's nothing like working for the Lord; putting in the time for Him. There's nothing like volunteering for the less fortunate."
Each MAPS RVer comes to the Hillcrest Campus with his or her own unique skill set. Betty, who has tremendous organizational skills, manages the warehouse that stores all of the donated items. Because folks like Tom and Betty volunteer their time and are willing to use their gifts to add value to the ministry here at Hillcrest, hundreds of children each year find hope and stability in a loving God.
Gordy and Marva have been with us since October 2017. Marva who is not retired, is grateful that she is able to work remotely and volunteer her time as well. Often, one will find Marva assisting Betty at the warehouse and both having fun in the process! Gordy, a master craftsman, has used his skills to add value to the campus in many ways. Presently, Gordy is completing the construction of new kitchen cabinets for three of our cottages.
The Hillcrest Campus is continuously progressing; therefore, a project is always in the works.
Randall Gant, our assistant administrator, states that the RVers are "a life-line for our campus." Because of the RV MAPS volunteers, several projects have been completed or implemented in the last several months: new electric installed, construction of bike shelters, the construction of a new greenhouse, cosmetic repairs to the Hinson House, the framing of a new intern apartment and the remodel of the new IT building. Randall expressed the sentiment of us all when he said, "We would be lost without them!" A few weeks ago, when a pipe burst in one of our cottages, causing extensive flooding and damage, the RV volunteers sprang into action to help with clean up and repair. The RVers were present during one of our greatest needs and we are so grateful!
Throughout the years, Hillcrest Children's Home has been blessed by such big-hearted, hard-working RV Maps Volunteers like Tom and Betty, Gordy and Marva, and many others, who come and voluntarily give of their time. They leave their fingerprints on the Hillcrest campus and are forever woven into the fabric of this great ministry.
Below is a list of the
birthdays for our children and students on campus. When a birthday comes around, it is often a sad experience for our students due to being away from family, or missing out on a special memory. Consider sending a card of encouragement to uplift our students and brighten his or her day on their birthday!
10th - Clark*, 12 yrs. old
14th - Lizzie*, 14 yrs. old
22nd - Jeremiah*, 10 yrs. old
27th - Lynne*, 10 yrs. old
1st - Harley*, 15 yrs. old
22nd - Avery*, 17 yrs. old
28th - Casey* - 10 yrs. old
Send cards, letters or gifts to:
2325 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901
If you would like a full birthday list as opposed to waiting on this report each month, contact our office and we will get one for you. Thank you for your continued support in making each of these kids feel special on his or her birthday.
*In order to protect the identity of our students, the names listed above are the child's pen name. This is a name that he or she chose. Each one listed is an actual student on our campus.