Published : Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:38 PM
The Harambee mission trip took place over Spring Break with an enthusiastic team of students and leaders from Maranatha High School heading to Harambee Preparatory School (HPS) in Pasadena. The mission was to serve the school with maintenance needs such as painting, gardening, and cleaning, and spend time with their students.
The mission team spent time the first day with the children on campus by playing games, crafting, leading praise and worship, and acting out a skit about the saving grace of Christ Jesus. At the end of the day, we heard from the Executive Director of Harambee Ministries, Harlan Redmond, who spoke about the goals and mission of the institution. On the second day, the MHS mission team worked on painting fences, bathrooms, a hallway, cleaning the yard, and tidying the premises. In the evening, the team attended the Fellowship Monrovia Good Friday church service where the students were able to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for us. Day 3 was spent finalizing the cleanup of Harambee Preparatory School and praying over the facilities. The MHS mission team was also treated to a pool party with the kids from Harambee where they were able to relax and celebrate the mission’s success.
Throughout the mission the students were given the opportunity to reflect and document their experiences, specifically about what serving meant to them. The team leaders, MHS parent Lisa Hall, MHS faculty member Penny Cross, and myself, reminded the MHS students that they had become mentors to the kids and we encouraged our students to carry this mission experience throughout the rest of their lives.
Maranatha High School, 169 S. St. John Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 817-4000 or visit www.maranatha-hs.org.