Riverside Christian Academy’s students, faculty and staff are focusing on the theme of mission this year.

RCA’s administration chose the spiritual theme, “Life is mission, mission is life” to lead the school family into the mindset that a Christian’s mission is their life, and their mission is to spread the Gospel.

“We are focusing on pointing our faculty, staff, and students to live life on mission for God,” said RCA’s President James Bryant. “As a part of this initiative, we are launching RCA Missions later this month. Our school will be sponsoring three mission trips this year. We’re looking forward to our annual Spiritual Emphasis Day on Aug. 31 when we will reveal our mission locations.

“As a part of preparing our students for the mission opportunities that have been presented to them, we have invited some of our alumni to come share their experiences in the mission field.”

A 2017 RCA graduate, Cheree Isbell, spoke to current students about the nine-month-long mission trip from which she recently returned. Cheree traveled with a group called The World Race to Romania, the Ukraine, Chile, Peru, and India. The mission is a gap year experience for 18- to 21-year-old students. Cheree is currently planning and fundraising for her next missions endeavor which is a five-month discipleship training program.

Rebecca Sain, Class of 2015, also shared her missions experience with current students. She participated in a study-abroad program during the fall of 2016 in Zambia. Her study-abroad trip focused on medical missions. The students lived in an orphanage and helped provide medical care for the children and local people through a health clinic. This summer, Rebecca spent several weeks in Botswana, where she worked with a mission team who focused on saving women from sex trafficking and prostitution.

Leah Hampton, Class of 2016, gave a presentation on her first missions experience through her path of study at Lipscomb University. Leah went to Ghana in May with a group of engineering students and professors from Lipscomb. The group stayed in an orphanage and built a waste water treatment system for the local community. They also have continued to monitor their waste water treatment system through digital data and will return to Ghana in the future in order to continually improve the system and help the local people learn how to operate it.

“We are excited to see that our graduates are putting their faith into practice and making the world a better place,” said Bryant.

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