We have just put the finishing touches on this year’s Ministry-mester catalog. Each year I am amazed at the incredible opportunities that are offered to our students in the area of missions. I honestly do not know of another school in the country that offers the extent of what we do. Over the past 17 years, IRCS has sent 2,988 students and teachers to 13 states and 26 countries. I think it’s fair to say that our students are already changing the world.
We always have local opportunities for our students that desire to sleep in their own bed at night. This year is no different. We will have clean-up duties at county beaches and parks. Other assorted opportunities include working with our own Thrift Store, being a teacher’s aide, or working with Canines for Christ and Missionary Ministry (a ministry that supplies cars to visiting missionaries). Students also have the ability to choose their own community service if they have a particular field in which they are interested.
Our away offerings that feature overnight stays begin domestically with trips to Lakeland, North Carolina, and Alaska (a new trip). Our international trips being offered this year will be to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, London, N. Africa (another new trip) and Thailand. N. Africa and Thailand will also be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related trips that have a strong science and engineering component. Additionally, N. Africa will also have a medical emphasis.
All together this year our 16 different offerings represent the most we have ever offered. These opportunities take place in 3 states, 9 countries, and on 5 different continents. Our big Premier Night will be on Monday, September 10 beginning at 7:00pm in the gym. General instructions will be given followed by three 15 minutes sessions where the leader of each trip will be doing a presentation of what their trip entails. Students and parents have the opportunity to attend each of these 3 different trip presentations. We recommend going to all three sessions because trip sizes are limited and students do not always get their first choice of the trip they wish to go on. We encourage parents to attend with their student so they can discuss together the merits of each trip and the best fit for the student. More importantly it gives them common ground to pray about which trip they feel God would want them to go on.
If you would like to learn more about our trips, you can find the catalogue on our website under Student Life selecting High School Ministry-mester.
We hope you can attend. We are so excited to see what God has planned for our students this year.