From the time they enroll in Preschool, Cherry Hills Christian School students are taught that God wants everyone to love Him by loving and serving others. Our efforts to be of service to others include travel near and far. Students and their parents are encouraged to participate in missions trips that have taken us to rural villages in other countries, to orphanages, to Native American reservations in other states — and to nonprofit organizations throughout metro Denver.
In April, students in Grade 8, their parents and members of the CHC Faculty traveled for a week to Belize with our partner organization, Praying Pelican Missions. They served in Libertad, a rural town north of the capital, Belize City, in several ways. The CHC team took with them much-needed supplies to support a church, school and surrounding households, including water-purification filters, learning materials, sports equipment and clothing. After arriving, team members engaged in a whirlwind of service. They led worship services and fun activities for local youth; delivered groceries to homes; and assisted with the installation of water filters, a small construction project, and the planting of vegetable gardens. They even hosted a day of “pampering” for local women by giving them manicures and pedicures.
Grade 8 students Gabby Heckman and Asa Thurstone described the trip as “life-changing.”
“Belize is where I learned that I love working with children,” Gabby said. “I might have found what I will do with my life.”
“This is a great trip for learning about gratefulness and the importance of being grateful for every, single, little thing,” Asa said. “I returned home with a new understanding of how God has blessed my family and me.”