Sister Sue Rogers, director of Earthworks, stirred the delicious smelling lentil soup she was preparing for market. The warm building beckoned me welcome, its hardwood floors and thick walls offering protection from January’s blustery wind. My tour of Earthworks ministry started with a history lesson.
Earthworks began in an old farmhouse many years ago on the shores of Lake Gilbraith. An outer shell was added for insulation, thickening the walls and making all the windowsills deep. It gives the place a cob house or hobbit-like feel.
As the ministry evolved, the house was remodeled, expanded and a deck was added to the back for an outdoor classroom. The aging farm was repurposed, becoming a beautiful teaching facility for children and adults. Earthworks is located at the PHJC Ministry Center in Donaldson, Indiana and is sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. The ministry is lead by a dedicated and talented board of directors that add energy and vitality to the Earthworks’ mission. Sister Sue Rogers is a seasoned teacher that keeps the ministry focused on education.