Easter Break Missions and School Trips
Over Easter Break, a number of Maranatha students and staff will be spending time serving and traveling the world. Please be in prayer for our Nicaragua and Pasadena Missions teams and the students and staff traveling to the British Isles.
Pasadena (Harambee Ministries) 4/15-4/19
In the 1980’s the area surrounding Harambee Ministries had the highest daytime crime rate in Southern California. Their corner, on Howard and Navarro, was called “blood corner” because it saw the highest amount of drive by shootings and failed drug deals in Southern California. In 1982, Harambee’s founder, Dr. John Perkins, moved into the community, bought a house on blood corner, and began working with families there. For the last 30 years, Harambee has served this twelve block target area in northwest Pasadena. Harambee runs a private elementary school for fifty children, as well as a day care and after school program. They seek to meet the spiritual and physical needs of their neighborhood by emphasizing community engagement, academic advancement, and spiritual formation in their students and families.
Mrs. Obregon, Mrs. Harrison, and Mr. Dulgarian will be leading a team of twenty students for five days over Easter Break. They will spend the first three days working with Harambee’s students in their classes and after school program. They will be leading chapel, games, and taking pictures of students dressed up as their future career goals. When the students break for Good Friday, we will spend the next two days cleaning, gardening, and painting Harambee’s campus. Throughout our service time, we will be staying down the street at the Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness Church.
Please pray for Harambee’s ministry as Mr. Redmond leads them in service to our neighbors. Please also pray for the team, that they would serve joyfully and be able to form friendships and that the bonds developed would lead to a supportive long term relationship between our school and the ministry.
Nicaragua Mission (4/13-4/26)
Over Easter Break, Mr. and Mrs. Rouse will be traveling with Ivy Jones, Jesse Rouse and approximately twenty-five students to an area just outside of Managua, Nicaragua. The team goal is to be instruments of God's love for the Nicaraguan people and children they come into contact with and to be an encouragement to the missionary community in Managua. They will be serving with a sports/community center called El Salero. They will be doing general maintenance and up keep at the center; helping with the preschool feeding program; painting a ten-foot by sixty-foot mural; hosting a "Frozen Movie Night", a "Jesus Movie Night", a teen night, and a game night; putting on an Easter Egg Hunt for the local missionary church; and moving lots of dirt to level the outfield of El Salero's baseball stadium.
Please pray that God will prepare their hearts to be willing and open for all He has for them as they do His good will in Nicaragua. Pray that God will use and shape them mightily in Nicaragua.
British Isles Educational Trip (4/14 – 4/23)
Dr. Purghart and her husband, Juan, will be chaperoning ten students and two parents in the British Isles over Spring Break. The trip itinerary will include destinations such as Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and London. Highlights will be visits to Edinburgh Castle, Big Ben, London Tower, Buckingham Palace, the Titanic Belfast, and Robert Burns’ Birthplace Museum. Tour guides will brief participants not only about British history, but about the literature, art, culture, and countryside. The students will tour with EF Educational Tours. Please pray for safe travels and that our students will learn a lot.