Riverside Christian Academy students and staff participating in the recent Fort Worth, Texas, mission trip are (from left) Jagger Steele, Hudson Croft, Laura Spears, Patrick Simms, Isaac Newman, Troy Slone, Caroline Hall, Anna Beth O’Neal and Bethany McGee.

Riverside Christian Academy’s students, faculty and staff focused on the theme of mission last school 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.

RCA sponsored three domestic mission trips this year. The first of the three trips was over Thanksgiving break to Sneedville. The RCA students delivered Thanksgiving food boxes to people in need and did home repair work and installed water systems for people with no indoor plumbing.

On spring break, another group went to the Navajo reservation in Arizona where they partnered with a local church and did a Vacation Bible School for children and families on the reservation and also did some repairs to the church building.

The most recent RCA mission was to Ft. Worth, Texas at the end of May. The RCA students partnered with Siempre Familia, a local Spanish-speaking church. The students organized and administered a Vacation Bible School, hosted a cookout, took meals to families, did some landscaping work and painted and cleaned in the church building.

Plans are in the works for another Thanksgiving trip to Sneedville. The school will sponsor more mission trips this year through a partnership with 2x2 Global, an organization that partners with private Christian colleges and high schools to equip them to build a long-term, sustainable missions program.

RCA’s desire is to intentionally create a culture of service and missions that not only deepens relationships within the school community, but also has a global impact in the locations in which they serve.

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