Wow! looking back over the last month and a half has proven a whirlwind of activity for the Beaudins! Since taking over the directorship of the Ft. Drum Hospitality House we have been non-stop moving! Our weekly schedule is filled with meals, Bible study, mentorship, counseling, meetings with Chaplains, and lots of drop in visits from our heroes – sometimes they stay overnight on a couch. Penny and I are meeting with ladies and guys on a regular basis and I am currently teaching on Evangelism and just started a men’s study on Biblical manhood. We’ve been seeing on average 20+ soldiers and on Friday nights and it’s beginning to grow with a diversity of singles, young marrieds, older marrieds as well as children.
Penny has unpacked her kitchen but that’s about as far as we’ve gotten! When we are not ministering to servicemen we are working on the Hospitality House as there’s lots of maintenance and projects to accomplish! Fall has found us outside raking an immense amount of leaves and preparing the property for winter. Also, this old house is due for some renovation. It has good bones but needs some fresh paint, flooring, and furniture. The walls are 90% wallpapered and much of it has been up for two decades which must be professionally removed, textured, and prepared for paint. We plan to paint the whole interior of the house to give it a fresh feel once the walls are ready. New carpet in the bedrooms needs to happen as well. You can learn more by clicking this link: Support our Work and donate to this worthy project.
The way we see it, these guys deserve the very best we can give them. The sacrifice they and their families make for our freedoms is bigger than you will ever know. Almost everyone here is detached from their family in some way. We have married men who are here without their families, married women and children without their deployed husbands/dads. Young singles, for some it’s their first time away from home, who don’t have much going on after work and desire to be somewhere – anywhere but the barracks. The hospitality house provides a vital need to so many and we desire to give them the very best we possibly can.
I’ll leave you with pictures to give you insight into our life and work with the 10th Mountain Division – “Climb to Glory!”
Keep praying for us, we so need it. It’s a privilege to do this ministry with you! Thank you for your support!