Christian kids on a global mission
MOST school kids spend their Christmas holidays running around with friends and having fun, but for eight Cooloola Christian College students, the six-week break will be spent helping the needy overseas.
Students Emily Feldmeir, Helen Brink, Cameron McClintock, Jacob Hawksworth, Sidney Morrison, Timothy Davis, Mitch Mahaffey, Courtney Mahaffey and Jonathon Blackburn are joining Team Mission Australia to help underprivileged people in India, Thailand, Vanuatu, Cambodia and Uganda.
For Courtney Mahaffey, the trip will be her third with Team Mission.
The 15-year-old has already worked in Vanuatu and Mexico.
“Working as part of the mission team is awesome,” Courtney said.
“It is a life-changing experience.”
She said it made her realise how good we had it in Australia and how much we took for granted.
Last year, Courtney helped build a clean water tank for people in Mexico, and the year before that she helped renovate a school in Vanuatu.
“God really loves these people as much as us and gives us an opportunity to help them out,” she said.
“We get to do a lot of ministry while helping people out in the slum. It is really cool.”
Team Mission spokesperson Andrew Woods said students came from all over Australia and New Zealand.
“We like to show kids how they can make a difference to someone else’s life,” Andrew said.
Cooloola Christian College is currently fundraising for the trips.
It will hold a Christmas-in-July fundraiser on July 10 with entertainment by international entertainer Francine Bell and motivational Commonwealth Games’ weightlifting gold medallist Deborah Acason. Tickets are $25 from MiCakes in Mary Street.