“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” – Proverbs 3:27
When wise Solomon wrote these words, he probably didn’t know what our modern school schedules looked like, but summer vacation is a great time to use “your power to act” for the good of others. While many students take the summer off, many of our Salem students (and adults) found opportunities to serve all over the world.
From May 25 – June 3, our mission team to Kenya served more than 3000 people through a vision clinic, which included cataract surgeries which literally gave sight back to the blind. More than 1000 mosquito bed nets were also distributed to rural homes and a nearby orphanage, an effort that the Kenyan community health workers tell us is making a significant difference in the number of malaria cases in that area.
From June 18- 23, our largest ever student mission to Honduras took place, allowing us to split the team of 30 into three locations. Classrooms were painted at a Compassion International Center, a student-run vision clinic was conducted, and a new coral and fence were built for a mountaintop orphanage whose previous cow had been stolen. Students got to work with a faithful pastor who has rescued these young boys and girls from some unspeakable horrors, but still struggles to provide for them in a country with little or no social support system.
In July, a great group of 7th and 8th graders travelled to the Rio Grande Valley to partner with a newly planted church and pastor with a heart for serving and sharing God’s love in the community of Los Fresnos. Students did manual labor on yards and houses in the morning and conducted a VBS for the Boys and Girls Club in the afternoon.
All the while, this summer, our Heart for Texas team continued work as we surpassed the 200-home mark for furniture delivered, with many more assisted throughout our ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. Also locally, our monthly box missions continued, supporting the Tomball Renewal Center’s Renewal House, Bethesda Lutheran Community and TOMAGWA health care ministry, and several families came together in mid-July to work and serve in Houston’s 3rd Ward.
Now that school is starting again, the Missions Department is partnering with Salem School to reach unchurched families and give students and parents opportunities to serve in our community and support missions around the world.
Check out our new Impact Opportunities page on the Salem Website and join us this year to serve others “when it is in your power to act.”