Missions Week 2023 (March 6-10)
During Missions Week at Evergreen Christian School, students heard from a variety of missionaries and local/international ministries, including the Least of These Foundation, Tree of Life Ministries, Helping Haitian Angels, Cru, and Open Arms.
The work in missions is never easy, but it is the heart of Christ. It is a reminder to take the Gospel to our neighbors and those far away. We pray and hope that students will be on a mission field, whether here at home or serving other nations. We must be willing to share what God has done for us. At this time of the year, as we prepare for Easter, never forget to live out what He has done for you.
We pray that the Lord will stir our students' hearts for missions and that each student would prayerfully consider the role God has for them to play in fulfilling the Great Commission in this season of their lives and beyond!
Missions Week, Day 1
Missions Week began with Mr. Larry Thompson from Least of These Foundation. He shared with the students about two schools he has started in Haiti. His words at Chapel, "He is looking for people who will step up and take a chance so He can show Himself mightily." These echo the words from Isaiah 6:8, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
Missions Week, Day 2
Our Music teacher, Ms. Kelly Park, shared about her experience working among unreached people groups in Indonesia for six years. We looked together at the imbalance of people, time, and resources going to reach areas of the world with little-to-no access to the gospel, challenging us with the question, “How is your life going to impact the unreached people groups in the world?” Ms. Park encouraged us with four ways we can begin to prayerfully respond to this call: Pray, Go, Give, Welcome.
Missions Week, Day 3
Tree of Life Ministries Regional Directors, Amy Montgomery and Saleh Sabat, shared about local outreach opportunities to serve those in need in our community. Some of our students shared their experiences serving with TOL in the past. Amy asked the students to consider how we are serving Jesus on a daily basis, with the Biblical encouragement that “we are here not just for this kingdom, but for our heavenly Kingdom.”
To learn more about Tree of Life Ministries and local outreach opportunities, visit TOLMinistries.org
Missions Week, Day 4
Co-Founder of Helping Haitian Angels, Debbie Harvey, joined us to share the story of how God used her and her team to establish an orphanage to care for the many abandoned and malnourished children they met on her first short-term trip to Haiti.
She encouraged all of our students, especially those beginning to feel a call to serve in underdeveloped nations, to “Open your hearts. Listen to God. Don’t think anything is too crazy.”
To learn more about HHA or get involved, visit HelpingHaitianAngels.org.
Missions Week, Day 5
ECS Parents, Mr. and Mrs. VanDorsten, shared with our students about their experiences serving with the college campus ministry, Cru.
ECS students and staff participated in a food drive to benefit the Tree of Life Ministries Leesburg food pantry. Altogether 777 pounds of much needed food was collected to be packed and delivered to needy families!
The Freshmen and Juniors combined collected over 450 pounds of food. The Sophomores collected more than 300 pounds, winning the first place prize of doughnuts served yesterday at school.
The Sophomores also won first place for “Missions Week Seminar Attendance” and were rewarded with a pizza party and free dress day today.
It was a great Missions Week 2023!