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St. Andrew’s Christian School mission team (Mr Glenn Baxter absent). Image: Contributed

Opportunity of a lifetime

Five staff and four students from St. Andrews Christian School are leaving on Friday June 28 for a mission trip to Mama Sayang Orphanage in Jakarta. This will be the fifth mission trip to Indonesia for the school with the first taking place in 2013.

Mama Sayang Orphanage is a faith based orphanage in Jakarta run by a couple in their seventies who devote all their time, resources and energy into raising and educating children and helping them transition into work and university. They rely totally on donations and have no Government support.

The team will be gone for eight days staying at the orphanage. Each day they will get up at 4am for morning devotions with all 80 children and will later teach English classes and do bible activities including skits, testimonies and games from various bible passages. They will also help the children in their daily chores, play sports and lead the children in bible readings, messages and worship songs.

One of the days they will also be taking about 30 to 40 orphans to a water-park for the day, something they normally cannot afford to do.

The mission team is also taking over sporting equipment and gifts for the children bought with the funds raised from several fundraising events held at the school and in the community.

Whilst it will be both challenging and rewarding, student’s will gain a greater appreciation of all they have back here in Australia and their lives will be changed forever.