Thirty Lipscomb Academy High School students kicked off their summer by traveling to the City of Children, an orphanage, in Ensenada, Mexico to serve orphans and the community.
Beginning May 25, Scott Tillman, a Lipscomb Academy High School Bible teacher and football coach, led the way for the students who traveled along with members from Tillman’s home congregation, Granny White Church of Christ. The group stayed at the orphanage alongside the 100 children the facility serves.
After a tour of the facilities, lunch and a time of prayer, the week’s work began immediately. The group put on a nightly Vacation Bible School for the orphans. Lord, Change My Attitude by James McDonald was the text used to build and guide the theme for the VBS, “Changing Our Complaining into Thanksgiving.” Nightly lessons for the children coupled with games, singing and projects that revolved around the theme helped the children learn about the Lord in a fun environment with enthusiastic teachers.
Interaction with the children was not limited to the nightly VBS sessions. The group prepared meals, passed out clothing and supplies they had brought with them and played with the children daily.
Working with the children was only a portion of the service the group was able to accomplish. The group also spent the week digging an area around the orphanage’s gym to prepare it for a new turf that was to be installed. The incredible work the group accomplished was not limited to the confines of the orphanage; they also went into the city of Ensenada and built a home for a needy family. Amazingly, the house was completed by the end of the week and the family was able to move into their new home.
“We are trying to fulfill the Great Commission. I believe that we build more faith through short-term mission work than any other activity we do because we see that the world is bigger than Green Hills (where Lipscomb Academy and Granny White Church of Christ are located),” said Tillman.
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