Throughout their time at Cedars, children are exposed to a wide variety of service and mission opportunities. Elementary students experience serving and giving in short-term classroom and field trip scenarios such as visits to seniors, growing and giving fresh food to local food banks, and garbage collection along North Nechako Road.
Our high school students have two larger mission experiences in which they may take part. Grade 11 classes take a 1-week trip to Vancouver where they serve with Youth with a Mission (YWAM). It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the challenges that street people face and to experience serving a variety of people.
Senior high school students are invited travel to Jericho Ministries in Honduras in the spring of each year. The impact of this trip has proven to change hearts and lives, both in our students and the people at Jericho Ministries. It’s these transformations that keep us going back year after year!
Cedars' Jericho Mission 2015
Interview with Betsy Hake of Jericho Ministries - Short Term Missions
This school year’s Honduras trip will be taking place between March 15-26, 2015. Watch this space for more news, updates, and prayer requests!
A brochure about the Cedars Honduras Missions is going home with the youngest in each family for the elementary grades today: Read more about what we do there and why we go on these missions.
A bake sale will be held in support of the CJ17 team at both nights of our Christmas musical. Don’t miss out on some great seasonal baking and the chance to help the team at the same time!
There will also be a bottle drive in January, so save those bottles over the holiday break!
Mrs. Young, Mrs. Rempel, and the Jerico 2k16 team would like to send out a big thank you for all the wonderful donations that have poured in for the children in Honduras! The support is very much appreciated.
There are two small things left on the list that the team could use: chocolate chips and peanut butter. Donations can be dropped off at the Main Office.
We are so grateful to our Father in heaven for His answers to prayer! The team Cedars-Jerico 2k16 started out small with Mrs.Young, Mrs. Rempel and eight students. Today, we are blessed to add Lara Zral, Mr. Romeyn and Mr. Mendez to our team that is heading down to Jericho Ministries this March!
We started out talking about a possibility of making a play area for the kids at the villa. They have been praying for swings for a long time (some of the kids have lived there for over nine years!). However, building swings in reality seemed a little difficult for a group of high school students – so, we prayed.
Mr. James Wankel, who has made playgrounds in Haiti, heard the news and stepped up with not only a generous donation, but also a plan to go ahead of the team to do the designing, purchasing, and welding of a beautiful playground worthy of princes and princesses! Mr. Wankel and Mr. Friesen (both Cedars parents) will be heading down before the team to do the preparations for us. Thank you two so much!!
Another obstacle that we have faced is the dropping dollar and the higher fixed costs of having a smaller team. We tried to negotiate our plane tickets to no avail, but are continuing faithfully to fundraise, trusting that God will provide.
And He has! We recently had another successful bottle drive from which we collected $621.00! It was generously matched by the Nechako Bottle Depot, raising $1,242.00 towards our trip! We are still working at other ideas to raise funds for our team mission, including running the concession at Family Fun Day (Feb 13), a school-wide coin drive, and a Honduran dinner and auction in March.
This year’s Jericho project is by far our biggest ever, and quite frankly seemed like we bit off more than we could chew, but God has stepped in and continues to provide for our needs through the Cedars community. We feel blessed to be a part of this great school, and this year’s team is officially “The Little Team that Could”!
Please continue to pray for our team as we spend Friday mornings preparing for the journey by learning about cultural differences, Spanish, praying and worshipping together, preparing skits and games for the kids, as well as collaborating for fundraising and building team unity.
If you haven’t seen the videos of last year’s trip and an interivew with Betsy Hake of Jericho Ministries, check them out on our School Missions page!
We are hoping to have some donations of the following things for the children in Honduras:
- underwear of all sizes, boys and girls, no characters
- deodorant for girls and guys
- chocolate chips
- new clothing
- school supplies
- crafting supplies
- baking/cooking utensils
Donations can be dropped off at the Main Office. Thank you for blessing the children of Jericho Ministries!
Ways to Help
There is an account set up at the Nechako Bottle Depot under the name of “Cedars – Honduras Team”. If you would like to donate your empty beverage containers toward the Honduras trip, you can request that the money go to that account. Every little bit helps!
We appreciate the prayers of the whole community as we prepare for the trip! You can ask for the Lord’s blessing with such things as travel logistics, preparing the hearts of the team, preparing the hearts of those we are going to minister to/with, and successful fundraising efforts. Thank you so much for partnering with us in this way.