DSC08560Our desire for students at Hope Lutheran Christian School is that they become impactful participants in society and ambassadors of the eternal life that they have in Christ.

With this in mind, we intentionally build programs into our schedule and school calendar to achieve these goals by offering students opportunities to serve the community and be the hands and feet of Jesus. We have three targeted communities in our mission focus:

First, we target our school community.

As part of their Christian education, all middle school students participate in weekly worship services, have Christian studies classes as part of their weekly schedule, and begin each day in prayer and devotions with their homeroom teacher. Our worship service offers our staff and students time to come together as the body of Christ and as sinners to celebrate the grace God has extended to us through the salvation we receive through Jesus Christ. Throughout the year, we have guest speakers come in to share with us and we collect an offering to support various missions throughout the world. In Christian studies, classes are largely discussion-based and include Biblical literacy training but emphasize that students need to understand why they believe what they say they believe whether their belief system is based on Christianity or not. Our school is not just for Christians. All students are made to feel they belong no matter their belief system.

Our second focus is our local community and finding ways to have our students serve others.

Throughout the year, we reach out to serve and encourage those in and around our local community. Students may write cards or letters to local seniors and veterans, volunteer at the Salvation Army, gather items to donate to Union Gospel Mission or our school’s Christmas hampers and share their musical gifts with those living in seniors homes. Classes may also show their thanks and adoration for what God has created by participating in a shoreline cleanup or picking up garbage along one of our local trails, pulling invasive species at a local green space or park, or helping the staff at Camp Luther in Mission with yard work.

Finally, we serve our national and international community.

Hope Lutheran has been building a connection with the BC Mission Boat Society whose mission is to share God’s love in remote communities along the BC coast. We support this society through our chapel offerings and are looking forward to working with them to develop a mission trip opportunity for our Grade 8 students. We also support a Christian school in Galim, Cameroon, Africa (Ecole Privee Protestant de Galim-Tignere), through our offerings and fundraisers. Classes often take part in Operation Christmas Child by filling shoeboxes that are sent to children internationally. Staff and students attend Missionfest Vancouver annually which gives students a greater understanding of mission opportunities and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. We also show our support for our Canadian Forces members at home or abroad through letters and Valentine’s Day cards as well as notes and letters of encouragement and hope to schools in the northern parts of Canada where communities are in crisis due to the numbers of suicide deaths.