- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) - An Angola teen is helping his church reach out with his Eagle Scout project.

Logan Berlew, the home-schooled son of Jeff and Mary Berlew, created a prayer garden at Lake Missionary Church, 9030 W. U.S. 20. A member of Angola Scout Troop No. 125, he started planning for his project early last year.

“He knew he wanted to do something to give back to the church,” Mary Berlew told The Herald Republican (https://bit.ly/1lfXDlB ). The family belonged to Lake Missionary Church for around six years and Logan has been a Scout for 10 years. For some time, he’s imagined making the prayer garden his Eagle project as the church underwent an extensive expansion and began reaching out further into the rural community.

The garden features a large wooden cross, visible to those passing on U.S. 20.

“It’s kind of like a landmark,” his mother said.

The cross is set on a hill of bulky rocks and surrounded by benches.

“My vision was to have it raised,” Logan said, similar to Calvary, the site outside Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified on a day that is now celebrated as Good Friday.

John and Liz Lusk provided trees from their property, including evergreens and oak. Logan’s grandmothers, Barbara Leite and Yvonne Berlew, donated statues. The rocks were provided by church members.

“Some of them brought in rocks to put in that were special to them,” Mary Berlew said.

The project was approved by the Anthony Wayne Area Council of Boy Scouts of America on April 13, 2013, after Logan approached the church’s board of directors for its acceptance. It spanned 105 service hours over several weekends, with help from crews of 10 Scouts as well as adult volunteers. Using a computerized blueprint created by Logan Cunningham of Lake Missionary Church, the large garden took shape.

Northeast Indiana Flooring donated mulch. Logan and Jeff built the cross.

Shortly after it was erected, a semi driver stopped there and prayed with Lake Missionary’s associate pastor Mike Cain, Mary Berlew said.

“It’s such a beacon,” she said. “It’s such a light.”

Logan passed the Eagle Board of Review Jan. 30, advancing to the rank of Eagle Scout - the highest a Boy Scout can hold. A Court of Honor ceremony will be held April 27 at Lake Missionary Church, when he will receive his Eagle pin. Only about 2 percent of Boy Scouts ever reach the Eagle rank.

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Information from: Herald Republican, https://www.heraldrepublicanonline.com/

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