By Nathan White
Lynchburg, Va. – Monday, April 20, 2015 – Amidst budding trees and blooming flowers, nearly 100 volunteers from a dozen churches climbed the mountain this past weekend to help out with Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center’s Work Blitz, the conference center’s annual volunteer event.
Now in its fifth year, the volunteers worked on a variety of projects, from splitting wood, painting rocking chairs, replacing storm doors, and other light maintenance.
Rod and Ruth Kunkel from Louisa Baptist Church came up to volunteer, helping with splitting wood. “We’ve been helping build churches since 1988…we volunteer all over the place,” said Rod.
They were paired with Ann and Kent Brown from The First Baptist Church of Gretna. The two men worked the splitter while Ann and Ruth loaded the wood into the back of a nearby pickup truck. “It’s definitely hard work,” said Kent with a smile and sweat on his brow.
“We’re eternally grateful for the volunteers that have given of their talents and energy to enhance the beauty of Eagle Eyrie,” said Rod Miller, Director of Eagle Eyrie. “There is always a need for help.”
Eagle Eyrie hosted the volunteers free-of-charge, trading their time and labor for lodging and meals.
A number of volunteers arrived Friday morning, while the majority, including several youth groups, arrived Friday evening to work on Saturday.