On November 1st, all of our MS & HS students went out to various locations to serve in our community. We were able to serve from 9 am to 1:30 pm:
- Boulder Creek Ranch- Weeding and Grounds Clean Up
- Car Wash: On Campus for the Brown Family. Jason Brown, 10 yrs old, passed away of childhood cancer and his final wish was to have his parents buy a burial plot for him and his parents. To help financially we held a car wash that raised $349 for their family.
- Civic Center Park Aquatic Center: Park Restoration
- Merrill Gardens
- Jubilee Church: Clothes closet
- Juniper Elementary School: Campus Clean Up
- Moses House
- Sunrise Church: Clean Up
- Family Life Church: Campus Clean Up
- The Lord’s Table: Campus Clean Up
- Valley Crest Residential Care
- Victor Valley Animal Protective League: Prepare items to build their Christmas float
- Victor Valley Rescue Mission
What an amazing opportunity for the Middle and High school students! They learned to work together as a team – the older students and younger students working together and learning from each other. It was really exciting for the international students to be able to experience serving another (some for the very first time). A comment was made to me that some of the kids have expressed that they have never done this in their country before. When they came back very excited about being a part of it, it was very touching! It was neat for them to experience a heart of a servant, a very valuable life lesson.
The Elementary and Preschool students stayed on campus and worked on a Samaritan Purse Shoe Box Project, called Operation Christmas Child, and packed more than 55 boxes. They wrote letters, made crafts, filled the boxes, and prayed for the person who would receive each box. A representative from Samaritans Purse came out to share with the kids to explain the project. We watched a couple of videos about other kids around the world, including a hilarious video featuring Si from Duck Dynasty.
It was very touching to see how much joy the kids had in packing the boxes for another child. They were so eager to bless another. We are looking forward to making this an annual project we do with the elementary and preschool students every year!
Though there were struggles throughout the day, it was amazing to see a volunteer for Operation Christmas Child drive all the way up the hill, spend the whole day with us, take photos, and drop all of our packages off at the distribution center down the hill for us! Watching students come together to serve another family with a loss and volunteers taking time off work in order to serve in the community to bless another is just an incredible example of this years theme “serve one another in love, “Galatians 5:13. God’s provision is just incredible to witness! Thank Him for his goodness!!!
Michelle Littell, Fundraising Coordinator