The Applied Christianity class traveled to White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue on last Wednesday. The rescue, located about 20 minutes south of Farmville, is non-profit corporation dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused, neglected and at-risk Appaloosa and other horses, especially those in urgent need and in danger of slaughter. Eleven cadets traveled to the farm that day, and they spent several hours helping to clear out nine stables. The labor was hard, and it required some of the cadets to step outside their comfort zone and into an environment they had never experienced. But while the work was strenuous, it was rewarding as well. Senior Andrew Morris stated, “This service has reminded me that I am only part of the picture, as the whole class worked together to complete the work and our work helped others.”
This service trip opportunity is one of many that the Applied Christianity class will experience this term. The cadets will spend time in the classroom learning about life purpose in light of the Christian faith, and our call from Jesus to love our neighbors. This love is many times exhibited through service, and cadets will have the opportunity to serve various organizations as part of the class: Camp Crossroads and Conference Center, the Fluvanna SPCA, Central Elementary School, Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, and the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond.
For more photos from the class trip, view our online photo gallery.