One of our educational goals is for our students to graduate as compassionate neighbors who respect diverse cultures and who participate as active global citizens. Our mission statement includes “preparing students to impact the world for Jesus Christ.” Today we have alumni spread around the world doing just that, serving in ministry, educational, health, and corporate roles.
As students progress from elementary school to middle school to high school, they expand their understanding of the world God created and come to recognize that Jesus Christ is central to all, and that we are called to impact our communities and the world for His kingdom. From our social studies program, to our Bible classes, missions trips, service projects, our exchange program to the Netherlands, the international program at the Upper School and much more, AACS students learn to think biblically and apply their hearts, minds and hands to understand and influence our world for God’s glory.
As the trip comes to a close, I am thinking through all we have done and all we have accomplished in this short period of time. I am so incredibly proud of each member of this team. We have accomplished things that I believed would be impossible and we have overcome things that may have seemed intensely daunting only a week ago. I have seen and experienced so much growth during our time here whether it was from the construction work, the cultural differences, or embracing the elements as it may have seemed. Personally, my heart has been encouraged by the love and passion of the people that work in this ministry. Sitting at home in Maryland I am continually overwhelmed by the feeling of helplessness as I see all the hurt and need in the world, but this time here in Nicaragua has reminded me that it is not the Lord’s will for us to change the world but rather to work to make a difference exactly where we are. I am returning from this trip with a renewed joy and a renewed hope in my individual strength the Lord’s calling over my life.
The Netherlands Exchange was an amazing experience! I enjoyed not only visiting but living the culture in another country. My favorite part was touring Aachen and seeing the oldest stone church in Northern Europe, spending a day at Efleling amusement park, and visiting the Anne Frank house. Pancakes are like pizza and the Stroopwafels were delicious!