Walnut Street Christian School – Opportunities continue to thrive!
AVIS — Activities, classes, and opportunities continue to thrive at Walnut Street Christian School in Avis!
In January the students honored their ministers during a Pastors’ Appreciation Brunch, attended by 18 area servants.
During the following month, 25 students in grades 7-12 were inducted into the Keystone Christian Education Association Honor Society during our 24th annual event.
Then during the week of Feb. 23, Open House was celebrated, and students in all grades showcased their class projects.
The next event begins March 23 as the juniors and seniors, along with teachers and parents, fly to Arizona for an eight-day annual mission’s trip to the Navajo nation. This event is part of the students’ classwork as they are immersed in the Navajo culture.
The week is spent ministering at the Western Indian Ministries and on the reservation.
Past events have included teaching young children at Hilltop Christian School and working with the lunch program, serving on the reservation by repairing homes, and assisting with the radio station.
Two years ago the Navajos honored the students by hosting a dinner in which sheepshead was on the menu! The meal included Navajo tacos (with the students making the bread), sheep’s tongue, and sheep’s eyeballs. Needless to say, some students were more adventurous than others, but the Navajo were thrilled at our tasting attempts. And, the trip is not without some geography lessons.
Visits to Fort Defiance, Hubbell Trading Post, the Grand Canyon and Canyon de Chelly, along with camping at the Grand Canyon with nighttime temperatures in the 20’s, and a stop at a Native American pawn shop were part of these trips.
The lessons packed into a few days could not be learned in the classroom. Culture, history, geography, hard work, extreme swings in weather, and most of all purposeful relationship building experiences in such a short timeframe make for an exhausting week.
It is a week of adventure, challenges, new sights, sounds, and smells, and spiritual growth. As they are exposed literally to a third world nation situation, their hearts are touched; for poverty, alcoholism, and high suicide rates challenge the students’ hearts.
They certainly return thankful for God’s daily blessings, but part of their hearts are left at the Navajo Nation. Relationships have developed, lives are being touched both here and in Arizona, and God is leading. As we depart for our fourth trip, we are looking forward to new and exciting but challenging experiences. Life at Walnut Street Christian School is full!
Pastor Tim Longnecker is principal at Walnut Street Christian School.
201 W. Highland St.,
Avis, Pa. 17721