August 20, 2022

The Summit Christian Academy (SCA) Class of 2023 spent the final days of their summer vacation away from home and serving on the senior mission trip in Memphis, Tennessee. The SCA Senior Mission Trip is a long-standing tradition at SCA and this was the 19th year that the SCA senior class has served. As seniors prepare to go beyond the campus of SCA after graduation, the SCA senior mission trip is an opportunity to build class leadership, unity, spiritual and personal leadership, and help a community in need.

SCA Senior Emirson Schooley serves food to the homeless at St. Vincent de Paul Food Mission in Memphis, TN as part of the annual SCA senior mission trip

Partnering with Praying Pelican Missions, the SCA Senior class were able to divide into multiple small groups and impact several different organizations in Memphis each day. The seniors served with Calvary Rescue Mission, Knowledge Quest Food Stability Center, St. Vincent de Paul Food Mission, Feed the Kingdom, Catholic Charities drive-through food distribution, Mid South Food Bank, Constance Abbey neighborhood outreach, and local elementary schools.

SCA Seniors helped a homeless family in Memphis move in to a home so they wouldn’t have to continue living in shelters and on the street. They prayed with them on the porch on move-in day.

Seniors completed projects including preparing 2,000 backpacks for local children returning to school, preparing and serving food for those experiencing homelessness, landscaping, and beautifying local churches and schools. In addition, they built relationships with the community, prayed over the families and organizations, and led worship and chapel services for a mission group.

The seniors finished their service week with a day of fun and saw Memphis sights at the Civil Rights Museum, Lorraine Motel, Mud Island, and the Bass Pro Shops Pyramid.

“It is always humbling and amazing to watch our God work in and through the lives of students,” shared SCA Secondary Principal Joe Hesman. ”The senior mission trip this year saw our students grow closer to God and each other through Bible study (book of Philippians), worship, working with the homeless, cleaning up the grounds, preparing and serving meals at the Rescue Shelter among other things. Our seniors leaned in to Who God is and felt His presence and love for them as well as for everyone else! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”