The holidays are here!
Gift giving is a meaningful tradition that celebrates the birth of Jesus and reminds us of the presents given to him by the Wise Men. While it can be a Christ-honoring component of Christmas, it is easy to get wrapped up in material things over the holiday season. Children and teens are especially subject to product marketing, desiring the hottest items in stores and focusing heavily on what they will receive when Christmas morning comes around.
A Culture of Selflessness
At IRCS, we are proud to say that our students go against the grain in this regard. They are others-oriented and mission-minded during every season. We always notice this most throughout the month of December. During a time that can quickly become "all about me," our students focus on serving others and finding ways to impact the world for Christ.
Making Christmas Brighter for Those in Need
This year, students participated in four special Christmas giving opportunities. The Honor Societies led the middle and high school in our annual Christmas Community Outreach, and the third graders and K2 Preschool class also participated in special projects. Thanks to the generous hearts of IRCS students and families, our four projects included:
Providing Angel Boxes for teens in long-term foster care. This ministry is now in its 18th year at IRCS. Teens receive a Bible, encouraging notes, gift cards, school supplies, flash drive, toothbrush, toothpaste, and snack items.
Filling Christmas Stockings for elementary school students who have little food over school breaks and are part of the Pack-a-Sack food program. Now in its third year at IRCS, this outreach project puts a new book, encouraging notes, gift cards, school supplies, toothpaste and toothbrush, snack items, and a bookfair voucher in each stocking.
Blessing Bags for people without a home were created by IRCS third graders. These bags included toiletries, socks, and a Bible.
The K2 Preschool class collected diapers, wipes blankets, and toys for New Life Solutions, a ministry to assist Moms who face an unplanned pregnancy.
Many of our high school students are already gearing up for Ministry Mester — our annual mission trip program that sends teens out into the world to meet tangible and spiritual needs. IRCS students have brought the good news to 22 different countries and 11 states. In the spring of 2016, they visited states across the southeast, as well as Chicago and New York. We also sent teams to Honduras, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
This year, we’re gearing up to send even more teams to local cities, other states, and countries around the world. Projects range from working with children in schools to building homes in underserved communities. While the nature of our students’ work varies, the goal is always the same: bringing the hope of Jesus to a place where it didn’t exist before.
Words From a Student Missionary
“The goal of every mission trip is to go and be a blessing to the people of the area you are visiting, but I can promise you that in some way or another you always come back being the one who was blessed. One of the many blessings that is inevitable about mission trips, is that you will make new friends, and get to share memories with those friends that will surely never be forgotten.” - Conner, IRCS Class of ‘16
Learn More About IRCS
If you are looking to develop strong character traits in your student, IRCS can partner with you. We have an academically excellent K-12 program while providing opportunities for students to develop their faith. When graduates leave our campus, they have established a lifestyle of service that will glorify God for years to come. Request more information today.