A middle school teacher who attended a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in June 2022 says, “While we were there, one of the biggest yet smallest needs we saw was water bottles for the students. The heat in the DR is brutal at times, and the students were having to share peanut butter jars and syrup bottles of warm water until they went to the pavilion for lunch. This is something that has been heavy on my heart since the trip in June.”
Students geared up for the fall benevolence project to meet that need. John 4:14 says, “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” While we’re donating money for water bottles, we’re praying God will use these bottles to quench an even bigger thirst and touch the lives of the students in the Dominican Republic.
Freedom International Ministries’ goal is to “disciple others to impact their world for Christ.” The school “is invested in sharing the Word of God with students and families through education, VBS, day camps, and other programs.” The school building also “provides a safe, permanent atmosphere where they will learn to love God, love people, and live out their lives as they have been designed to do.”
Southside Christian students were able to help raise money to provide water bottles for the students by participating in $10 Thursday, where $10 went toward purchasing one water bottle. They also paid to play dodgeball (organized by the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy) and paid to wear comfortable clothes to school. High school paid to play games with their friends and have sundaes at sunset, and middle school paid to play games at the middle school luau. Students also purchased raffle tickets for gift cards and experiences to raise money for the cause.
We are grateful for our students and their generous hearts, and we are grateful to God for allowing us opportunities to bless others around the world for His glory.