Students Provide Assistance and Love on Missions Day

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Mission Arlington Founder Tillie Burgin prays with Liberty students

Liberty Christian Middle and Upper School students signed up and volunteered in community organizations around the Metroplex on March 28 when school was not in session.

“Each year, students and teachers at Liberty have the opportunity to reach out on a school holiday and help others,” said Matt Bowles, Middle School youth pastor.

Packing work gloves and enthusiasm, Liberty Christian students served in many capacities throughout the area.

“We were very excited about sharing the love of Jesus with our community around us,” said Kate Davis, Upper School girls youth pastor.

At Spirit Horse Center in Corinth, a place that assists individuals with special needs through interaction with horses, sixth and seventh grade students leveled out the riding ring and horse trails to make it safer for the horses and riders.

Eighth grade students gave breakfast bars to day laborers on their way to Camp Copass in Denton, where they helped prepare the camp for the many visitors who will come during the spring and summer.

Students, pictured with Miss Tillie, are glad to help Mission Arlington

Other eighth grade students, along with some Upper School students, helped Hearts for Homes, a Christian-based outreach ministry established in 2006 to provide no-cost home repairs to low-income elderly homeowners in Denton County. Students painted, provided roofing and plumbing repairs, and helped with yard clean up.

Other Upper School students traveled from Argyle to Arlington to work with Mission Arlington, an organization in its 27th year that provides food, clothing, medical care, counseling services, after school programs, outreach events, and other ways to help the homeless.

Students met with the founder of Mission Arlington, Tillie Burgin, who prayed for the students and thanked them for coming.

“Meeting Miss Tillie was like meeting Mother Teresa,” said teacher Kathy Hall. “As we departed, she blessed us as she told us that today, we were the hands and feet of Jesus.”

One of the projects students participated in was stuffing hundreds of Easter eggs for what Mission Arlington calls the “World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt,” where children in the area and their families enjoy food, fun, festivities, and a creative and fresh telling of the Easter story. The mission also opens an Easter store each year to help families with clothing and candy to give what the mission calls “an extra boost” during the Easter season.

At Beautiful Feet in Fort Worth, students fed and served meals to the homeless, led two worship services, and shared the gospel to the homeless men and women there as they enjoyed their lunch.

Other Upper School students served at Reconciliation Outreach, a group that serves the people of Dallas with the mission of reconciling them to God and others. Students worked in the garden, painted, and helped with other types of spring cleaning for this ministry.

Finally, another group of Upper School students assisted at Alley’s house in Dallas, established in 1997 to provide services to teen mothers. Its goal is to empower teen mothers and their children to achieve independence through support services, education, and mentoring. Students reorganized the store that Alley’s house has have for teens and their babies.

Upper School pastor Chris Searcy said, “We really looked forward to serving in the community during our third annual Spring Missions Day. These opportunities are so important for our students. We want to teach them to take an active part in helping others throughout their lives.”

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