Last year we launched an Innovative program to allow select children in our care to participate in missions. In developing this program we followed the Acts 1:8 model, which instructs the body of Christ to be witnesses for Christ in our community, our state, our nation, and throughout the world.
As a result we arranged three different mission opportunities for our kids this year, which included trips to Tampa, New Orleans, and Guatemala. This most recent trip to Guatemala was an eye-opening experience for our kids as none of them had ever been out of the country or on an airplane! In all we had nine kids participate representing our campus locations in Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Lakeland, and Miami.
“The mission trip focused on assisting the staff at the Children’s Malnutrition Center in San Juan, Guatemala. Daily activities included giving baths, dressing, and feeding as well as simply spending time with all of the children,” said Aleesa Harris, program coordinator for the Children’s Homes. “Our kids helped to serve more than 70 children at the Center.”
Harris said that the kids really had their eyes opened to the needs of the world. “Even though our kids have not had an easy time in their life, they all realized that they are indeed blessed to be able to live at the Children’s Homes,” Harris said.
“One of our kids who was changing a messy diaper turned to me and asked, ‘Ms. Aleesa, is this something that Jesus would do?’ We laughed and laughed, but it was moments like these that made me realize what missions in the name of Jesus were all about.”
“. . . and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
– Acts 1:8