Each year at the benefit dinner we honor two exceptional volunteers who consistently go above and beyond to serve our ministry and mission.  The Abigail’s Impact award recognizes an outstanding youth who, like Abigail of the Bible, serves the ministry well, is strong, capable, and sensible, and brings God our Father great joy. The Daniel’s Dream award honors a distinguished adult who, like Daniel of the Bible, serves the ministry in Faith, Prayer, Courage, and Consistency. 

Emma Foote

Abigail’s Impact Winner

Good things come in small packages.  Emma is so faithful to volunteer at multiple events each year. At Work Day this year, her family came the night before to help prepare and set up for Work Day. She took initiative throughout the weekend to run errands, answer questions, and work on any task needed. She has repeatedly stepped in to help with childcare at Community Center events. Her family also serves multiple retreats each year. At the Skating Party this year, she brought an additional friend to help serve alongside her. Her quiet and sweet spirit is displayed throughout her service to Barren Heights in several ways, but especially by loving and playing with children. She exhibits good judgement, a willing attitude, and initiative at all of the events when she serves.  Thank you Emma! 

Doug Wood

Daniel’s Dream Winner

This year,  the Volunteer of the Year Award goes to a quiet servant. When we don’t think he can give anymore, he steps up…..again and again and again. Doug has volunteered at more work days than just about anybody. As a member of the Benefit Dinner Committee, he has consistently secured the most sponsorship support. He has volunteered multiple times at the retreat center each season since 2009 as a host, caretaker, boat captain and tractor driver, and on more than one occasion he has filled a last minute vacancy.  Doug is ALWAYS willing to tackle big jobs and small jobs. He sees needs and jumps to meet them. Although we have appreciated Doug for ALL that he has done to support Barren Heights, it is our true honor to recognize him publicly tonight. He is so deserving.  Thank you Doug! 

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