“Now this is my time. And God has given me a beautiful new home. Something I never had before.”
– HAZEL CROPPER, PICTURED WITH MDS STAFF STARLA HESS
always special to meet Ryan, and this meeting at Crisfield was no exception.” King and Hershey first met on an MDS trip in 2004, when they cleared debris after wildfires in California. That’s when Hershey told King about Lancaster Mennonite School—which led to King’s current teaching job. Hershey recalled the days when he and King would meet once a month to go over questions from the school’s administration, expectations of parent-teacher conferences, questions about classroom discipline and other things that would come up—both expected and unexpected. “There were also informal conversations, on occasion, when he would stop in my classroom or I in his after the school day and we would talk shop,” said Hershey. King said he was grateful to see his former mentor—and also appreciative of the partnership Lancaster Mennonite School has with MDS. MDS provided the building materials for the class—which saved the school a lot of money—and also provided blueprints.
“It gets me so emotional because I’m just so thankful to you guys. I hope God carries you each and every day and blesses you all the way you’ve blessed me and my family.”
– NICOLE GILLESPIE, PICTURED WITH HUSBAND AND SONS
behind the hammer
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