Creating Disciples for Jesus
Conroe » Adventist Christian Academy of Texas (ACAT) staff strive to teach students the importance of serving others as a disciple of Jesus Christ. The Bible shares that Jesus came into this world to serve others, not to be served and encouraged us to do the same in 1 John 3:18: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
We consider serving others an act of worship and spiritual activity so every year we have Project Impact Days where we spend a day, once a quarter, serving the community.
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the needs were overwhelming. Students and staff helped paint a damaged home, volunteered at the food bank, assisted fire station employees, as well as, individuals at a women’s shelter. The elementary students worked with Bags of Love, a national organization, to fill 37 bags with books, school supplies, or toiletries. These bags are distributed to children in crisis situations.
The next quarter, we worked with one of our church's outreach programs for the homeless. Students filled bags with socks, toothbrushes, clothes, shampoo, and other necessities to give to the homeless in the community.
For Christmas, we adopted a family who suffered greatly during the flood. Each classroom chose a member of the family and donated items on their wish list. In addition to that family, the fifth- and sixth-grade students wrapped 3ABN music DVDs to share with residents at a local retirement home.
We look forward to serving as the opportunities present themselves.
By Shannon O’Brien