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Larry Welsch buys, restores and sells old cars, including the 1937 Cord shown here.

Restoring History

Larry Welsch, a Garden Spot Village resident since May 2012, has been buying and selling old cars since he was a teenager. It was a hobby that quickly became a side business, even as he worked full-time.  “I was always interested in old cars; I never wanted a new car,” Larry says. “Buying and selling old cars became a no-brainer when I bought my first car and then sold it for a profit.... Read More
Ed and Darlene Smith, Garden Spot Village residents since August 2014, collect waste Styrofoam and take it to Dart Container in Leola for recycling.

SUSTAIN: Building a Better Life for Everyone

Individuals at Garden Spot Village have been working behind the scenes for years to improve our environment. Ed and Darlene Smith, Garden Spot Village residents since August 2014, established convenient drop off locations for waste Styrofoam around campus and faithfully transport it to Dart Container in Leola every few weeks. “We worked in plastics for years and we know Styrofoam can be recycled. There are only six locations in the United States... Read More
Twenty eight men officially belong to the Garden Spot Village Train Room, working together to serve and entertain the community. Pictured, left to right: Harry Black, Art Johnsen, Mike Lanyon, Charley Hentz

Model Train Room

“Our goal is to entertain the community,” Harry Black says. “We like to see people visit, interact with the trains and leave happy.” When Harry and Mary Alice Black were preparing to move to Garden Spot Village in 2003, Harry realized that the train layout he had started in his retirement needed a new home as well. He connected with Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment, to see if Garden Spot Village would want a train layout... Read More
Garden Spot Village residents sewed 96 sets of pajamas, which will be hand-carried to Kenya by staff and residents on the Travel with Purpose trip to Kijabe, Kenya in late September 2019. Pictured, left to right: Mabel Kurtz, Janie Martin.

Pajamas for Patients

“Serving at the CURE Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. It was life-changing. I learned so much from the Kenyan people.They fully live as a community. They don’t think about the sacrifice, they just do what needs to be done,” says Janie Martin, clinical care coordinator at Garden Spot Village. Janie participated in the Travel with Purpose Trip to Kenya in September 2018. One of the many ways... Read More
A group of boys ride bike through Lifecycles, which meets at Garden Spot Village in New Holland, Pa.


As part of a leadership course with their church in 2017, Al and Stacy Vega were challenged to research a ministry they wanted to start. Al discovered LIFECYCLES, a local organization that wraps mentoring, spiritual development, and life skills development in the adventure of a Christ-centered bicycle touring experience for urban teens.The mission of the organization appealed to him and he invited his son, AJ, to join him as he went along on a ride in Marietta to learn more.... Read More
Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Exploring the Holy Land

“It was exhaustingly life-giving,” says John Hart, Garden Spot Village resident since December 2016, describing the trip he and his wife, Sherry, took to Israel in June 2018. The tour, which they booked through Chosen People Ministries, was an 11-day learning journey that included 10 hours of sightseeing each day coupled with several hours of teaching and worship each evening. Six hundred people from 17 countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Costa Rica, participated in the tour. ... Read More