2012-05-09 / Community

West Point Cadets Help the Walter Hoving Home

By Tim Greco

Maintenance Director Becki Heye (center) with the West Point Navigators Club 
Tim Greco Maintenance Director Becki Heye (center) with the West Point Navigators Club Tim Greco One recent Saturday, if you were passing Snake Hill Road, you might have thought the Walter Hoving Home was being occupied by the United States military.

And, the truth is, you would be correct. The cadets of the West Point Navigator Club were lending their talents to help the Hoving Home ladies with various maintenance projects around the home.

About 20 cadets, some from as far away as Stuttgart, Germany, came to help the home’s maintenance director, Becki Heye, on major and minor projects on the estate.

Heye said, “I thank God they are here; they are always such a huge help when they do come.”

The Navigator Club’s staff representative, Mark Stoneburner, said, “Once or twice a year we come and clear brush, paint, and offer whatever manual labor we can.”

As for the home, he said, “We love the Walter Hoving Home: it’s such a place where I believe God is working and I feel so honored when I walk through the doors and hear the hearts of these ladies. It’s just the highlight of our year, to come here and help.”

The Navigators are an international, interdenominational Christian ministry established in 1933. Navigators are people who love God and desire to help others know the same as they “navigate” through life. Their mission can be summed up as “spiritual mentoring.”

There are many clubs offered at West Point that cadets can participate in; the Navigators’ participation is strictly on a voluntary basis. Prayer and Bible study are a weekly event for Navigators.

What is striking when talking to the cadets is their age. They are very young, and one almost has to pause to think that these young men and women will be soon deployed to defend our country’s freedom.

These honorable men and women were friendly, respectful, and quick to share their story on the circumstances that brought them to this prestigious military institution.

Cadet and Orange County, Calif., native Scott Williams, who is a sophomore, has been involved with Navigators for a year. He said “it’s awesome. I have learned so much.”

As for his experience at West Point, Williams said, “It’s been a blessing; I almost left in my freshman year to go play football in Hawaii, because at that point football ruled me, but really God showed me that West Point is where He wanted me, so now football doesn’t determine my happiness. I have grown a lot.” However, Williams does play football for West Point.

So what is it like to find out that you have been accepted to West Point? Thomas Holloway, who hails from Alabama, said, “Really, really exciting.”

As you can imagine, West Point Cadets lead very busy lives and don’t have very many opportunities to leave campus, so to come to the Hoving Home and help with projects is something to which club members look forward.

West Point offers many other religious clubs, including Buddhist, Jewish and Mormon.

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