The Uganda Missions trip taken this year has impacted my life greatly. It was a humbling, fun, sweaty, and memorable trip that gave me a new perspective on how we should live our lives as christians. Several of the Ugandans I met left a lasting impression on my heart. I am so thankful to God, SOS Ministries, and Western Christian for creating the means to allow us to go. Elizabeth Boyett, class of 2016
Over Easter vacation, two of our high school Bible teachers, Derek Mackie and Greg Letherer, led approximately 20 high school students on a missions trip to East Africa. From April 16th to April 29th, these students traveled to Luweero, Uganda, where they worked with S.O.S. Ministries and the newly founded Legacy Christian Academy.
WCHS students primarily spent time with the children of Legacy Christian Academy and the community of Kubamitwe, participating in sports activities, Bible classes, chapels, and movie nights. Our students also had the privilege of seeing what life is like in Uganda by visiting villages, a hospital, and the Community Bible Church of Kabamitwe.
I am overjoyed that our students stepped up to travel the globe to proclaim Jesus Christ! Our kids are not only went as representatives of Western Christian Schools; they went as ambassadors for Christ, seeking to develop relationships with a fellow Christian school in an area that desperately needs the hope and love of our Savior.
Western Christian graduates are amazing! The founder of S.O.S. Ministries and Legacy Christian Academy is one of our very own. After successful business endeavors, Shannon Hurley, WCHS class of 93, chose to move his wife and children to Uganda in service to the people there. Now, fellow alumni and friends, Derek Mackie ’93 and Greg Letherer ’81 (high school teacher to both Derek and Shannon), will lead Western Christian and join Shannon on an adventure to share the love of Christ with a community in great need. Hallelujah!
At the Heroes Celebration Dinner, we showed a clip that Shannon Hurley sent to us. In it, he discusses the ministry in Uganda and its connection to the lasting impact Western Christian had on his life. Check it out!
We proclaim Him! To God be the Glory!
Blair A Bryant
Western Christian Schools
Western Christian High School students conducted a week-long vacation Bible school and community service project for the city of Mexicali over Easter Vacation, April 4-10, 2015. This was a wonderful opportunity for students to see what life is like in Mexico by working with a pastor/church in the town of Mexicali. During this trip, students shared their testimonies and led Bible studies with the adults in the community. They also preached the gospel to local children through song and drama. Students not only went as representatives of Western Christian Schools, but as ambassadors for Christ, seeking to develop relationships with fellow Christians in Mexico in an area that desperately needs the hope and love of our Savior.
“I shine as light in the world.” -Phil.2:15
The following is a sample of how the Western Christian community is making a difference and serving the world for the honor and glory of Jesus Christ.
Interact club Blood Drives
ASB Christmas Toy Drive for children in need
ASB “Penny War” fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
ASB Upland City Hall Christmas Tree Decoration
Pastor Appreciation Day
Senior Service Day at Pacific Lifeline Women’s Shelter, Pacific Christian Center, El Camino Elementary, and Western Christian Schools with stocking shelves,raking leaves, shoveling dirt, cleaning, landscaping, improving playgrounds so that they are usable for kids, and assisted in other service projects
Fred Jordan Mission Food Drive, Toy Drive collection and distribution, and Easter Basket assembly & distribution.
Athletic Department gives food baskets to families in need in the local area
Theatre drama students serve at the Water of Life church’s Food Bank in Riverside
Interact Club at WCHS helped the Target Store in Upland pass out toys to the needy at Christmas and helped distribute toys at Cable Airport in Upland
Varsity Boys Basketball team took basketballs to a needy inner city team in Los Angeles
Science Club hosted a “Water Rocket Competition”raising money for the Fred Jordan Mission
Letters of encouragement and prayers sent to city and community leaders in the surrounding cities
“Dare 2 Care 4 Haiti”fundraiser for Samaritan’s Purse, an internationalrelief organization
Who we are – Moms who gather together to pray for children and schools. Why we pray – To impact children and schools worldwide for Christ.
Every Monday 8:10am-9:10am
Western Christian High School Choir Room
In response to the earthquake in Haiti, Western Christian ASB challenged students to raise funds with the incentive of seeing teachers participate in humiliating and humorous acts if students met their fund-raising goal. On Friday, March 26th, the students’ efforts provided for a great show at the “Dare to Care for Haiti” rally.
The student body raised $1,000.85 for Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, to help with their aid to the victims of the earthquakes in Haiti. Samaritan’s Purse has been on the ground in Haiti coordinating and providing medical care, food, water and shelter for victims of the devastating earthquakes in January. You can see more on Samaritan’s Purse Haiti relief here.