This past weekend, the leadership students visited Burlington – home to the ministries of Tierra Nueva (New Earth). On Saturday morning, we arrived at their organic farm in Mt. Vernon unsure what to expect. We were greeted by the people who coordinate and run the farm, and it was fun to hear a bit of the history of the farm and how it got started. Rodolfo was especially interested to learn that Tierra Nueva actually started in Honduras before expanding to the Skagit Valley in Washington State to serve the migrant worker community here.
We spent the day volunteering on the farm: pulling weeds, planting seeds, and helping however we could. The NPH students were eager to help and made comments like, “I love this” and “I feel like I am back at NPH”. We learned new words in both Spanish and English, and played around with the unique “Spanglish” spoken by the staff!
The next day we took a short drive to Deception Pass and then returned to Tierra Nueva for worship in the afternoon. The healing work happening in this community was both evident and inspiring. Stories of former gang members who have changed their lives, women who are giving up addictions, and men who are raising their children as single fathers were told.
We prayed for each other, for our communities, and for the world before sharing in Communion together. Afterwards, over soup, we spoke with people about their struggles and their faith in God.
Thank you to Amanda and everyone at Tierra Nueva for welcoming us into your family!