“I am a servant.”
Jesus made this message clear when He told His followers in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.” Jesus Christ, Son of God, Prince of Peace, King of Glory---humble servant? It was a radically reimagined model of how one should live their life.
It’s no coincidence that this exact statement serves as one of Crean Lutheran’s three student-learner outcomes, and it is with this model in mind that our school seeks the outcome of servanthood for our students. We seek to serve as we strive to pattern our lives--and our students’ lives--after Christ’s.
This service and education in service take place in a variety of contexts; from Compton to Anaheim to Jamaica and El Salvador. Though our students serve, learn, and grow in a variety of places, our goal is always the same: to let our “light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to Your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14).
"The El Salvador Mission Trip experience has helped me grow spiritually, socially, and has expanded my mind to what the world outside of Irvine is like."
Caden daniels, class of 2020
Compton Initiative (justdogood.org)
The Compton Initiative, founded in 2006, began with a commitment to restore the city of Compton for the next 40 years. Taking in thousands of volunteers every year for quarterly workdays, they work toward this goal through various beautification projects, including painting homes and schools, as well as other landscaping and gardening projects. Crean Lutheran students and chaperones are blessed with the opportunity to count themselves as a part of that group of volunteers, as they join the Compton Initiative for three of the four workdays each year.
Charity on Wheels (charityonwheels.com)
Charity on Wheels, founded in 2012 by a married couple from Salem Lutheran Church, engages the homelessness epidemic in Orange County head-on with weekly events on Wednesday nights consisting of food, fellowship, and worship. More than just a feeding ministry, Charity on Wheels seeks to be instruments of Christ’s love through feeding people’s souls as well. Crean Lutheran looks forward to this brand-new partnership beginning this year, taking students and chaperones periodically to volunteer with these weekly events.
Schoolwide Service Day
Crean Lutheran is excited this year to implement its first annual Schoolwide Service Day. During one school day this year, in lieu of going to classes, students, teachers, and staff members will be sent out to serve in a variety of settings in the Orange and southern LA County areas. From schools to food banks to homeless ministries, the entirety of Crean Lutheran’s campus will spend the day experiencing what it means to serve God by serving others.
A unique opportunity that blends what is taught in our American Sign Language classrooms with what the Lord teaches us about service, the Jamaica mission trip takes students and teachers to Manchester, Jamaica where they work with the Carribean Christian Center for the Deaf. This organization’s main mission is to serve the underserved deaf community of Jamaica. Students and teachers engage in construction projects as well as relational ministry with residents of the CCCD’s Deaf Village.
The Mexico Mission Trip is Crean Lutheran’s longest-running mission trip. Students and chaperones partner with Voyagers’ Church in Irvine and Baja Christian Ministries to engage in a homebuilding and evangelism ministry in Rojo Gomez, Mexico. What started as a partnership with one of our own school families has grown into a yearly experience in both spiritual and cross-cultural growth for our students.
The El Salvador Mission Trip is a week-long experience upon which students and chaperones work with an organization called Sus Hijos. This organization, based in El Salvador, is focused on ministering to the orphan and foster-care population of the capital city of San Salvador. Crean Lutheran students get to serve as helpers in this ongoing ministry of Sus Hijos by visiting different locations where these populations reside, helping with a house build, and other projects.
Native American Reserve Trip (NART)
A joint trip with Orange Lutheran High School, the Native American Reservation Trip (NART for short) gives our students the opportunity for a completely different cross-cultural experience in serving the Bishop Paiute Tribe of Bishop, CA. Students and chaperones of both schools travel north to engage in a variety of service projects, from construction to gardening to homeless ministry, all with the intent of continuing to help restore relationships between the Paiute people and the greater Bishop community.
ryan fink - missions coordinator
Christ's peace! It is my hope and prayer that all Crean Lutheran students would consider opportunities to serve, both locally and globally. I firmly believe that our missions program puts our students in a position to fulfill what God has created them to do. Christ makes it clear to His disciples that they should be the "light of the world" and that they should "let their light shine before men" so that the Father may be glorified (Matthew 5:14, 16). More than this, it gives them the chance to be exactly where Jesus promises He will be, as He tells us that "where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them" (Matthew 18:20). Our groups go to serve both locally and globally in the name of our Lord, and we trust and believe that the Lord will meet us there.
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