We believe you cannot be too young to serve. Therefore, we desire our students to participate in one of our missions trips throughout the school year to serve Jesus by loving others. We have seen the students on these trips grow, mature, and step out in leadership roles on and off our campus after they go serve. It’s an incredible thing to watch.
We partner with an organization called LeaderTreks who connects our student team with a local ministry to help serve and love those in need in their community. Through the local church, LeaderTreks identifies people who need work on their homes. This gives our student team the opportunity to help people in their greatest need while insuring that follow-up by the local pastors/ministries takes place. he service projects can range from yard clean-up to building a deck and everything in between. The team also does a relational outreach program at local churches or in local neighborhoods -depending on need.
Kentucky (7th-8th): During the fall semester our 7th-8th graders had the opportunity to serve a community in need. Previous trips have served in Manchester, Kentucky.
Here is what one of the LeaderTreks leaders had to say on his blog about working with our GRACE middle school students on last year’s trip:Our fall trip to Kentucky was one of the best trips I have been on with LeaderTreks as of yet. It was a group of middle school students from a North Carolina Christian school. I have never seen middle school kids with as much love for Jesus as I saw in these kids. One of the coolest things was their intentionality of prayer. Get this: on multiple occasions, they prayed for complete strangers. They even went and knocked on a few doors to ask if they could pray for whoever answered. But what is so cool about it is that they were nervous about prayer at first. These students took huge risks in their prayer life, and really taught me about how intentional I should be in MY prayer life. Isn’t our God so amazing? These kids left with a new sense of what it meant to influence their friends and family for the kingdom of God, and with a new sense of confidence with Christ in their prayer life. I get excited every time I think about it. -- Dusty Bybee
During the summer our high school students have the opportunity to continue in servant leadership by serving either domestically or overseas in San Jose, Costa Rica. This trip provides students the opportunity to plan, lead, and organize the entire trip. Two student leaders are chosen to lead their team and every participant had a specific role in which they are responsible. In Costa Rica, students partner with a local ministry called Casa Viva serving those in extreme poverty. The team plans and organizes a four-day VBS for the local children where they have the opportunity to share the gospel.