Why should we teach our students at Billings Christian School to be involved in global outreach? In Matthew 28:18-20a, Jesus commands us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe the things that I have commanded you”. In Isaiah 6:8, the Lord asks, “’Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me’.” At Billings Christian School, not only do we teach students to reach out to their peers and surrounding communities with Christ’s love and His mission, but as followers of Christ, we should be obedient and reach out to the world.
Recently, our elementary and secondary students and families brought in monetary donations, items, and completely packed shoeboxes of items for Operation Christmas Child. One hundred eighty-eight children and families around the globe will receive a shoebox full of presents, including items we take for granted of having in our daily lives, such as hygiene items, school supplies, and basic toys. Most importantly, the Gospel will be shared to each person as each shoebox is presented, and children and families who accept Jesus as their Savior will have the opportunity to be enrolled in a discipleship program by Samaritan’s Purse.
In the spring, our secondary students have the opportunity to participate in two international missions trips: Guatemala and Peru. Because we lived for two years in Peru as missionaries, our family has the opportunity and honor of leading a small group to Peru, while Mr. Coy will be leading the Guatemala trip with New Life Church. I can personally attest to short-term foreign missions bringing about life-change! Traveling to a foreign country, seeing and experiencing the vast differences in cultures, and sharing Christ’s love will open one’s eyes to His mission. God created each of us to glorify Him and share Him with the world; as Christ-followers, we each are called to be His missionaries and light to this broken world!
Felicia Henderson, Elementary Principal