A team of 16 CHA Upper School students are currently in the small mountain community of Constanza, Dominican Republic, serving with Kids Alive International at the Ark, a Kids Alive children’s home and school. Led by CHA Faculty and Staff members, Mrs. Brooke Collins, Mr. Steve Farish, Mr. Mike Chavez, and Mrs. Suzanne Karney the team departed for the Dominican Republic last Sat. Jan 7, and are anticipated to return on Sat. Jan. 14.
Kids Alive is a “Christ-centered mission dedicated to rescuing orphans and vulnerable children – meeting their spiritual, physical, educational, and emotional needs.” CHA Upper School mission teams have served with Kids Alive in the Dominican Republic three times in the past and our 2017 team was excited to return with the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the poor and needy. While there, the team will be learning how the local community lives as they build relationships with the children at the Ark, help with light construction projects and painting, and conduct activities with the children.
Please be praying that the Lord will bless their time there. We look forward to their return and to hearing how God will use this experience in the students’ lives as well as the lives of the children and adults that they interacted with on the trip. Some initial images from the Team are shown below.
Kids Alive Mission – To develop responsible Christian adults from children who were once in at-risk situations (e.g., poverty, abuse, malnutrition, or abandonment). This is done by providing quality Christian homes and/or relationship-based day programs that equip the children spiritually, educationally, physically, emotionally, and vocationally so that they might become responsible Christian adults who impact their country for Jesus Christ.