Senior secondary students have the opportunity to participate in three different missions trips.
Year 10 Missions Trip to Northern Queensland (Kelso, Yarrabah and Palm Island)
It was a huge blessing to be part of the Mission Trip to North Queensland this year. We saw God do amazing things for and through our students.
Highlights from the three outreaches include:
Kelso: relaxing under the crystal clear waterfalls, having a BBQ for the community, playing soccer and other games with the Indigenous children and building stronger relationships with one another.
Yarrabah: visiting Cairns, drinking coconuts fresh from the tree, laughing with the children, and playing with them and their infinite energy.
Palm Island: playing sport with the children, developing our faiths with God, praying for the community and seeing healing, and connecting with and caring for the people at Palm.
God moved powerfully through these outreaches and it was incredible to see Him use our students to show His love. Many returned feeling renewed in their faiths in Christ and I was so proud of the initiative, encouragement, servant hearts and love they showed.
Year 11 Melbourne City Mission Experience (Youth With A Mission)
Our Year 11 students have the opportunity to stay for 5 days at the YWAM base in Surrey Hills, Melbourne. The students are trained by YWAM staff to go out and assist in soup kitchens, and to assist vulnerable people in our community such as the homeless. This trip is a life changing event for many of our students and develops in them a real compassion and understanding for those in need.
Year 12 ‘Schoolies Week’ Missions Trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand (trip report)
Last Saturday I returned from our third ‘VCE Schoolies Missions’ Trip’ to Chiang Mai, Thailand. We had an absolutely wonderful time! We packed as much as we could into our stay. Some of the highlights of the trip for me included: spending two nights sleeping on the floor of a bamboo hut in a remote village high up in the mountains not far from the Burmese border; helping to run a Saturday Kids’ Club for about 120 local Thai children; riding an elephant; helping to run Friday Night Youth; riding a series a zip wires (flying foxes) high in the rainforest; teaching English to students in a local school; eating the delicious Thai food; our team taking three church services in very remote villages; having the privilege of praying for many people; shopping for bargains in the night bazaar; visiting the home of our staff sponsored child through Compassion; and meeting some truly inspirational men and women of God.
The main connections our students made were with the Thai children. I am very proud of our students and how they conducted themselves. Our students were absolutely fantastic with the Thai children. Seeing both the Thai children and our students’ eyes light up in delight as they interacted together was heart warming. A particular memory for me was the tears shed by a little Thai girl when it was time for us to leave her school because she did not want us to leave.
Parents of current Year 11 students, may I strongly encourage you to let your child come on our trip next year. The benefits to your child from attending this trip are priceless. The trip is extremely well planned and affordable. Start planning for your child to come now! It is my desire that the Thailand trip continues to be the annual ‘HCC Schoolies Event’. What a great way to celebrate the end of school.