Maranatha Christian School is a co-educational, multi-campus school for Christian families, located in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
As part of the school’s service program, students have the opportunity to be involved in a mission awareness tour to Thailand. The tour provides students with experiences in a developing country that enables them to work with, and for people in under privileged societies. It also gives students a better perspective on life in Australia and the many blessings they get to enjoy.
The trip aims to:
- Expose our students to another country, culture and context. It provides them an opportunity to explore a calling to missions.
- Equip the team with the knowledge and awareness of relevant social and global issues. This is done with the hope that students are encouraged to initiate support and advocacy upon their return to Australia.
- Encourage students to recognise assets, strengths and existing efforts of the local community and work alongside them on activities selected by that community.
The features of the tour include:
- teaching English in a rural setting
- helping to run Sunday School in local churches
- working with organisations that assist children with HIV/AIDS.
- working with, and for patients at McKean Rehabilitation Centre, a former leprosy hospital
- learning from organisations that work with children from “at risk” situations (for example slave labour and prostitution rackets)
- assisting organisations to provide opportunity for outings and programs for “at risk” young people
- learning about and supporting the Christians Concerned for Burma organisation
- visiting cultural attractions and engaging in cultural activities
These life changing experiences have resulted in many students returning to Australia determined to make an impact on the world.
“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”