Do Something 1:8
At EHCA, your student will be involved in our service program - Do Something 1:8. Do Something 1:8 is our school's service ministry based on Acts 1:8 - "... and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." The goal is to give students the opportunity to share God's love by serving others in practical ways. Parent volunteers are welcomed on all of our projects.
Preschool and elementary students serve with their classes and families as opportunities arise. Our students have volunteered at Ronald McDonald House, Roadrunner Food Bank and Joy Junction. Christmas gifts are collected each year for ministries like Samaritan's Purse-Operation Christmas Child, individual families in need and businesses/organizations that focus on children with special needs.
When student reach middle school, they begin serving on smaller teams and have the opportunity to help with service projects several times a year. These projects are based on the different areas identified in our guiding verse, Acts 1:8:
Jerusalem: Since this was where the disciples lived, these projects focus on the Albuquerque area and sharing Christ’s love in our community. Fifth through eighth grade students participate in these service projects, which happen throughout the school year. The projects are led by a teacher who works with a small team of students. The work takes place during a portion of the school day. These projects are based on needs that we hear about through our staff, student body, and churches. Examples of our Albuquerque service projects include:
Volunteering to play games and visit with the elderly at local nursing homes
Doing yard work and cleaning for the elderly and others in need
Volunteering at local ministries such as Meals on Wheels; Albuquerque Rescue Mission; Love, Inc.; and Reload Love
Blessing our immediate community with “random acts of kindness” like handing out free cookies and helping customers with their bags at local grocery stores
Judea: This was the area surrounding Jerusalem and represents New Mexico to us. Sixth through eighth grade students have the opportunity once a year to participate in a service project located somewhere outside the Albuquerque area. These projects help ministries that are sharing God’s love in our state. They are scheduled during the school year and may include an overnight stay. Our New Mexico projects have included:
Cleaning and maintaining a Christian summer camp in the Manzano mountains
Cleaning the property, washing vehicles and playing with children at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales
Serving with a local church and its community outreach program in Gallup. This project allowed students to paint, make cookies, put together care packages of laundry detergent, organize supplies for outreaches, and distribute gifts to Native American children.
Samaria: For us, this neighboring area represents the United States of America. Seventh and eighth grade students are invited to serve on a longer mission trip once a year. The location of the trip will alternate yearly between the United States and an international destination. These projects are designed to let the students grow in sharing God’s love in the midst of new and challenging experiences. Students have traveled to Phoenix, Arizona and served in the following ways:
- Planned and played games with economically challenged children at neighborhood outreach centers
- Visited nursing homes
- Assisted with a Christmas party for foster families
- Distributed food to families and individuals in need
The Ends of the Earth: To reach the ends of the earth, seventh and eighth grade students and their parents are invited to take an international mission trip every other year. In March 2017, students traveled to Honduras to help a missions organization called El Ayudante. Students:
Placed water filters in rural homes
Assisted with building projects
Participated in community outreaches
Planned and implemented activities for local children