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A mission trip for Mennonite Youth – an answer to prayer for Freedom Gates Boys Ranch


Scenes like this were all over the former Hazelton school building as a group of Mennonite youth from Hutchinson helped transform it into more housing for the Freedom Gates Boys Ranch.

"What a great time of fellowship and hard work," Freedom Gates Boys Ranch (FGBR) President Michael Simpson said.

He was referring to the first week of June when youth from the Cedar Crest Mennonite Church in Hutchinson came to help renovate part of the former schoolhouse building in Hazelton, Kansas. The FGBR brings in troubled teen boys and helps them feel personal value and that they are loved. They do this with hard work, a schedule, school, rules, lots of fun and a Christ-centered environment.

The schoolhouse expansion will house six more boys and houseparents, Simpson said. It will a...

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