Unto the least of these
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ” ~ Matthew 25:40
Each morning in March, students came to the lobby of our EC-8 campus bearing bags of soap, toothbrushes, towels, and other relief items, and placed them in buckets around a mini-refugee tent.
On Family Service Night, over 60 families streamed in, passing that tent in the lobby, as they headed to the cafeteria for a fun night of packing relief kits, tasting foods from around the world, playing games, sorting clothes, and learning more about the refugee experience.
Our 2017 All-School Service Project was a chance for students, faculty and families on both campuses of Dock Mennonite Academy to collaborate and collect relief kits and warm clothing, all destined for refugees around the world.
The project grew out of an Anabaptist Learning Institute course, Building Caring Communities, attended by two Dock teachers, Sarah Price and Kathy Kennel. The course was taught by Dr. Don Steiner, who served as an interim administrator here in 2014-15.
As is so often the case when God is leading, this project grew far beyond the dreams of these two faculty members. Parents, staff, and teachers planned lessons, activities, visual aids, stories, devotions, speakers, games, food, and displays to help our students and families learn more about the life experiences of the 60 million refugees who struggle to meet basic needs every day. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) supplied many educational resources, and our local MCC Material Resource Center helped organize the Family Service Night event on March 23.
We are so grateful for the creative and meaningful ways that classes worked together to collect these items. We pray they will bring comfort to refugee families around the world—and that our students will continue to learn how service is an essential part of our call as followers of Jesus.
By the end of the month, the bar graph tracking donations of relief kit items filled the glass on the computer lab. Piles and piles of clothing and supplies surrounded the small refugee tent. At the Family Service Night, over 100 relief kits were packed and over 40 bags of warm clothing were sorted and prepared for shipment to MCC.
We are so grateful for the creative and meaningful ways that classes worked together to collect the relief kit items. Contests, social media, and donations from various businesses all supported this work of service. We pray that these items will bring comfort to refugee families around the world—and that our students will continue to learn how service is an essential part of our call as followers of Jesus.
—Bronwyn L. Histand, Principal, EC to Grade 8 Campus
View the Family Service Night photo album