Last weekend my family went to the sugar bush. We’ve done this every year for a few years now, and it is definitely something we look forward to each spring (even though it isn’t technically spring yet). This year we went to Agapé Valley Sugar Bush which is run by the Niagara Shorthills Christian Ministries. There was no cost associated with the tour (donations were accepted) as they were staffed entirely by volunteers. The main purpose of the property are some day camps they run in the summer.
Niagara Shorthills Christian Ministries is a non-profit charitable organization whose goal is to ministrer the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to children on the property we like to call Agape Valley. NSCM operates a children’s day camp in July and August called Agape Valley Bible Camp.
We used to have a Church welfare farm in our area and members of our ward put in thousands upon thousands of hours of volunteer work into the farm. As President Monson mentioned in the welfare training DVD, no one ever forgets their welfare service opportunities. I fully agree with this, and think that in a way the members in our region have lost something by no longer having the farm. I kind of have “holy envy” for the people at Agapé Valley. They seemed like genuinely nice people, and are doing a good work.