Mission Trip Reflections
I have had the privilege of participating in five mission trips in my life and truthfully, the mission trip to Bolivia was unlike any other. On this mission trip we faced some unique adversity. For instance, 17 students and staff fell ill – missing an equivalent of 20 work days, our main construction project took 3 days to get started, our water supplies and meals were sometimes inadequate, our children’s ministry location was challenging, our transportation was often uncertain, our sleeping quarters were hot and riddled with mosquitos and spiders, our washroom facilities were inadequate for 42 people and required constant cleaning to maintain a sanitized environment for our sick students and staff. During our construction experience we encountered a tarantula, snake, iguana, and untold numbers of spiders and insects! There were many other challenging circumstances and yet, our students rose up and demonstrated a true heart of service. Just as “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28), our students served.
Throughout the 12-day trip our students amazed us with their unfettered enthusiasm to our mission: to serve, and not be served. They demonstrated courage, strength, a sense of humor, strong work ethic, genuine kindness and compassion, and a true heart of unselfish service. They came together to serve as the Body of Christ and embraced every part of the mission trip: digging up old pipes, digging ditches for a new septic system, moving wood piles and heavy construction materials, building walls in a new medical clinic, preparing and cleaning up food, carrying water to the construction site, sharing personal testimonies, planning VBS programs for children, singing Spanish songs with passion and enthusiasm, sweeping and mopping floors, cutting fire wood, cleaning toilets and sinks, hammering nails, digging up weeds, translating into Spanish or English, performing a skit or special music, sharing medications, cleaning, painting, cutting grass, fixing motors, showing compassion to friends who were vomiting, feverish, dealing with headaches, stomach aches, bringing water or electrolytes to a dehydrated and sick friend, keeping sick friends company by singing with a guitar or playing a game of cards, offering a hug to a disabled person at a shelter, serving meals, hand-delivering evangelistic brochures in a Santa Cruz neighborhood, playing with the kids at VBS with zest and joy, preparing craft supplies, assisting the doctor, physiotherapist, nurse and dentist with the patients at the medical clinic, etc.
We are grateful to God that He sent 42 guardian angels to Bolivia with us to protect each student and staff from serious danger, and for sending the Holy Spirit to equip us with the fruits of the Spirit and a spirit of tenacity and determination to prevail despite the many challenging circumstances! Praise God, our mission was accomplished! “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name, they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Mark 16:17-18
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
CHARACTER VALUE OF THE MONTH: For the month of April our school is emphasizing the character value of Patience. Scripture verse: “Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other.” Ephesians 4:2
NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 14: because of Easter weekend. There will be school on Monday, April 17.
CWAA COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT: On behalf of the Bags of Love Ministry and the children and Social Workers for whom we strive to lighten their burdens, “Thank you!” Thank you to the wonderful families and amazing staff at CWAA for the carload of help! Thank you for your big, generous hearts! May God richly and abundantly bless you above all that you could ask or think!
SECONDARY PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS ON APRIL 27:
- April 21 Secondary End of Term 3
- April 25 Secondary Report Cards will be sent home
- April 27 Parent -Teacher Interviews held from 4 pm – 8 pm
Grades 7 – 12 Parents, we are excited to present to you an evening of Conferences with our teachers on Thursday, April 27. The purpose of these Conferences will be to provide time for parents to engage in meaningful discussions with teachers about their child’s learning successes and future goals. Our on-line sign-up is available to book all Interviews. You’ll have access to this by using the button below (or using the button found on the homepage of our website at cwaa.net). We look forward to seeing you here!
2017-18 REGISTRATION AT CWAA IS OPEN FOR ALL NEW AND RETURNING FAMILIES: Classes continue to fill up as families bring in their registration forms. Fully completed applications are processed in the order that they are received. If you have any questions about registration contact the school office.
CWAA TALENT SHOW: This year’s talent show will take place on May 9 beginning at 9:30 am. For students wanting to participate a sign up sheet for auditions has been posted on the Student Association Board in the Secondary hallway.
HOT LUNCH: On Friday, April 28th Hot Lunch will be available to students for $7.00 with additional cost of a drink for $1.00. The menu includes spring rolls, veggie fried rice and a cupcake. Order forms will be sent home Wednesday and need to be returned to the homeroom teacher by Monday April 17. Parent volunteers are needed and if you are able to help and have a current police check on file please email Mrs. Elias directly at email@example.com.April 28 Hot Lunch Order Form
PRAYING PARENTS: Due to a short school week Praying Parents will not be meeting this Thursday, April 13. Come join this group for prayer next Thursday morning, April 20, in the school lobby. All are welcome!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Apr 14 Good Friday (No School Kindergarten to Grade 12)
Apr 19 Grade 7 Trip to Telus Spark & Walking Tour of Calgary
Apr 20 Grade 1-3 Field trip to Telus Spark Science Centre
Apr 21 Secondary End of Term 3
Apr 20 – 23 Grade 9 – 12 Flag Football Tournament @ Fraser Valley Academy, BC
Apr 25 Secondary Report Cards will be sent home
Apr 25 Sr High Badminton Tournament
Apr 27 Jr High Badminton Tournament
Apr 27 Secondary Parent/Teacher Interviews 4-8 pm
Apr 27 Grade 10 Trip to Cochrane Ranch House
Apr 27 Parent Seminar “The Impact of Excessive Media Use On Adolescent Development and Social Adjustment” by Joy Astolfi 6:30 p.m.
Apr 28 Annual Vespers & Baptism 7 pm
May 1 Burman University Acronaires Show at CWAA
May 3 Grade 3 Nursing Home Visit to Wentworth Manor
May 4 Kindergarten Field Trip to Butterfield Acres
May 9 CWAA Talent Show 9:30 am
May 10 Grade 6 Field Trip to Aerospace Museum
May 11-15 Grade 7-12 Concert Band & Choir Tour (Three Hills and Edmonton)
May 18 Kindergarten Year End Celebration
May 19 PD Day No School (Kindergarten to Grade 12)
May 22 Victoria Day No School
May 25 Kindergarten-Grade 12 Spring Concert, 7 pm
May 29-June 1 Grade 5/6 Outdoor School
June 3 & 4 Grade 12 Graduation
When we face difficulties and challenges, we often get discouraged and focus on the bad stuff that we are facing. But what if we were to focus on the solid foundation of God and His grace? No matter how bad things get, God is there for us!
“So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” (Ephesians 1:6, NLT)
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy