Prestonwood Christian Academy PCA) celebrated its annual World Impact Day on Thursday and commissioned 463 students and staff members who will serve locally and abroad this week.
Each year, PCA sets aside a Minimester Week during the spring semester for Upper School students to serve on mission.
From the beginning of the school year, all PCA students are involved with World Impact Day and Minimester – even though the pre-kindergarten through sixth-graders will have school as usual this week. In the fall, every Lower School class is paired with a mission trip, and Lower School children begin praying for the students who will serve during Minimester. The younger students also begin collecting supplies that will be donated to a specific mission.
A central theme of PCA’s mission statement is equipping students to impact communities for Christ, which is why the school places such importance on World Impact Day and Minimester. This marks the 15th year PCA has sent students and staff on Minimester, which has resulted in PCA students visiting 74 countries. This year, students are serving abroad in eight countries, seven states and throughout the DFW Metroplex.
World Impact Day began with All School Worship at Prestonwood Baptist Church. In addition to worship music led by Upper School students and a parade of flags of the countries where PCA students have or will serve, a group of eight PCA students performed an Indian folk dance set to a praise and worship song in the Hindi language.
Attendees also heard from Johnson Ellis, a PCA alum father who has served on dozens of mission trips with PCA students. He challenged the audience to find ways to serve their local communities on a daily basis, not just during Minimester.
Ellis interviewed PCA senior Djery Baptiste, who grew up in Haiti and now feels called to give back to those who have little. Baptiste, who has committed to play basketball at Vanderbilt University next year, spoke about the service work and weekly Bible studies he participates in through H.I.S. BridgeBuilders. He encouraged his fellow classmates serving on missions this week.
“The most important thing you can give the people you talk to, especially the children, is hope,” Baptiste told his classmates. “The people in my country do not grow up with hope of a better life. God’s word has power.”
World Impact Day continues to be special for PCA students and their families, as parents and grandparents took time to pray together after the Commissioning Service.
“World Impact Day is a favorite event in our home,” said Julie Sparks, a PCA mother. “My kids look forward to collecting items for the older students to use during their trips and absolutely love praying for the students going and the people they will impact. We look forward to hearing what God will do over the next couple of weeks.”