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Service Learning Week for Middle & Upper School students took place on March 14-18, 2022. The vision was to cultivate a passion for loving others courageously and the capacity to do so effectively. Students, teachers, and volunteers were challenged and encouraged during this powerful experience.
Scroll down for photos and some notes from the field!
Join the team!
CHA’s Middle School students will be serving at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville on Wednesday, March 16, from 9:00-10:45 AM or 11:30 AM-1:15 PM. We need a total of 20 chaperones (18 years or older) to assist our students in hand packing nutritious meals for those living in poverty.
Simply sign up below and meet us in Libertyville at your designated time. Thank you!
SUPPORT CHA’S UPPER SCHOOL 2022 MISSION TRIP
Students in grades 9 and 10 will be attending a leadership development program at Honeyrock Camp. After they return, they will be putting their new skills immediately into action as they lead our Middle School students on the last day of their service week.
Students in grades 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to travel to Nashville, TN, to serve with a mission organization there. Donations are being accepted for the trip, and can be made by making a check out to Christian Heritage Academy. Checks may be dropped by the front office, or sent by mail to:
Christian Heritage Academy
Attn: Mission Trips
315 Waukegan Rd.
Northfield, IL 60093
Or, if you wish to make an online donation to support this year’s mission trip, please click the button below.
Nashville, Monday 3/14:
The Lord graciously granted us a meaningful first day of ministry today. Our three teams worked in a crisis pregnancy center, a community garden, and a homeless ministry, among others. Students took opportunities to pray with those who they were serving, and lead solid devotional times. We are thankful for the effectual intercession (James 5:16) of the CHA family!
HoneyRock, Monday 3/14:
We made it to beautiful snow-covered HoneyRock this afternoon. The students have had a blast playing broomball, wallyball, and ice skating. They have begun to think about concepts of leadership through challenging games and discussions. Continue to pray for these 9th and 10th students this week, that not only they would draw nearer to one another but to the Lord!
Nashville, Tuesday 3/15:
Today the Lord gave us the opportunity to work with Christian ministries to the hungry, the homeless, and refugees, among others. We have learned again the lesson that we need to be flexible, because when the Lord changes our plans, he has other good plans in place (Romans 12:2). Every ministry at which we serve has been wonderfully grateful for the hard work of our students. Their gratitude has been a source of great encouragement to our team. God also continues to bless our devotional times.
HoneyRock, Tuesday 3/15:
Today’s focus was on knowing and leading yourself. Students were reminded that without first being filled with God’s love, we can do little to lead others in love. The Lord was clearly working in this truth because Mr. Bowman’s morning devotion centered on it, as did the morning quiet time focus on John 15 in which Jesus explains that he is the vine and that we must remain in him to produce fruit. Students explored their personality profiles as they pertained to leadership style, and they returned to John 15 in the evening. We also spent time pushing our comfort zones by trying new physical activities such as winter canoeing, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and wallyball. The students are hearing from God, making new friendships and going deeper with established relationships. Please keep praying for willing spirits and revelation for our freshmen and sophomores!
Nashville, Thursday 3/17:
We are thankful for the nice weather today and for the community we have served. Please pray that we finish our last service day strong, especially for those students who are physically and emotionally tired. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
We are wrapping up our last day of service in Nashville before heading home tomorrow. You would be proud of the hard work and good spirit of our students. God has sensitized our hearts once again to those who have much less than we do, and we have re-learned the 2 Corinthians 12 lesson about depending totally on his grace alone. The students will come home with stories of everything from encountering the homeless to packing medical supplies for Nigeria to helping rearrange the facilities of a local crisis pregnancy center. Please continue to pray for the Lord to grant us new mercies!
Chicago, Thursday 3/17:
One of the places Middle School students served at today was The Chicago Welcome Center. Two of our eighth graders intentionally did not eat their lunch (Culver’s burger and fries) and instead brought it with them to share with the houseless people they encountered in the neighborhood around the Center. They also emptied their pockets and gave their spare cash/coins.