At GCS, we are a beautiful, diverse community of families who love Jesus. As a community, we desire to SPREAD GRACE in our school and beyond. Every November, we take the week leading up to Thanksgiving to pause as a community, be challenged with a need in the world and then respond by launching our “Making a Difference” Christmas Campaign.
The Isaiah 41 Water Challenge in partnership with Design Outreach (2018):
What matters to God should matter to us. Our children are never too young to learn or live this. Isaiah 41:17 states, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them.” God hears the cries of the poor and needy and uses us, His People, to respond. Through the Isaiah 41 Water Challenge, we engaged our students’ hearts and minds as they considered what it meant to live without clean, accessible water. We then empowered them to respond by providing water to a village in Haiti.
God blessed the efforts of our students in unimaginable ways. Our initial goal was to raise $10,000 for a LifePump in Haiti. This goal was exceeded, which prompted another goal: $10,000 for a LifePump in Africa. This goal was exceeded. In a little over a month, our community raised over $22,000 to help fund 3 LifePumps.
World Vision’s Matthew 25 Challenge (2017):
GCS joined schools across the world to step out of our comfort zones and engage in God’s love for those Jesus calls “the least of these brothers and sisters of mine.” Each day, World Vision offered a different challenge based on Matthew 25: skip candy, sweets and desserts today; drink only water; sleep on the floor; wear the same clothes you wore yesterday; write an encouraging note. We gathered daily as a school to pray and hear from different parents and grandparents who experienced poverty firsthand. Students got to use a LifePump from Design Outreach; their mission is to provide clean water to impoverished countries.
Thank you to our school community for embracing World Vision’s Matthew 25 Challenge in ways we could never have anticipated. The ways in which God used this in the lives of our students and families was remarkable. From the Challenge, we launched our “Making a Difference” Christmas Gift. We chose to raise money as classes and grades to purchase items from the World Vision catalogue. Over $7000 was raised! Praise God!