For several years, the leadership at Community Christian has sought God’s direction in reaching beyond the borders of service within our school to our surrounding community and beyond. We are charged in God’s word to “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20. It is our desire to Disciple our students by helping them develop a personal relationship with the Lord, and then go on to fulfill His Great Commission and share the gift of Salvation with others.
For the past few years, we have participated in collecting Christmas Bags for Haiti, in partnership with GSMI "Good Shepherd Ministries International Schools for Haiti." At God's prompting, this year we set out to expand our involvement with GSMI and expand our students' view of the world around them in an effort to help the students Discover God's purpose for them in the mission field - be it at home or abroad.
One of our school parents had previously been on a mission trip to Haiti and now, with his children growing up, this parent had a burden placed on his heart to return. With the school’s approval and support, eight students, two teachers and three parents set out to serve in the mission fields of Haiti for one week. Our missionary hosts for this trip were Bill and Sandy Younger of GSMI. They, like us, have a burden to disciple children in God's word. Our team was blessed to work on the GSMI school campus working for the teachers and students there by improving the campus conditions, as well as traveling into the local village and bush to share the message of God’s word and the love of Jesus with the people of Haiti.
Testimony from one of the Haiti Mission Team members: “Our days at the GSM mission campus started each morning 5:30AM showers, followed by Bible study with the GSM staff in Kreyòl (Creole), followed by breakfast, then off to our mission for the week, painting the GSM High School, later lunch, more painting, while meeting with the Haitian School Children. Some of the late afternoons we dit walks into the Milot villages sharing the Gospel with the Haitians. Early evenings were topped off with supper and then Bible study, this time in English presented by our missionary host Bill Younger. We read in Jonah how he did not want to preach to the Ninevites as God had told him because he thought them unworthy. We learned that neither Jonah nor his people were more worthy than others and that only God could decide who He would save and that our job as Christians is to be obedient to Him and share the Gospel with everyone.”
In keeping with God’s commandment, and in with the purpose He has laid upon our hearts, the leadership and student body of CCS will continue mission outreach in the future in whatever setting or capacity God directs for us.