by Daniela Monzon
What happens when you take energetic Forest Lake Academy students to a neighborhood in need? Simply magic! During the Just Do Something Mission Week, planned by Impact Ministries of Central Florida, students experienced what serving God through their actions is really all about.
Each class was divided into randomly selected groups to make repairs on houses in Apopka that needed a little tender loving care. The anxious participants had no idea what to expect as each group, led by a student leader from the Servant Leadership class, made their way to meet the resident whose house would be transformed.
As introductions were made and jobs were assigned, the crew embarked on the day-long journey to touch somebody’s life with what they thought would only be unspoken words and actions. As the day progressed, students began to slowly warm up to their residents, eventually talking with them and taking time to meet and play with their kids.
The more comfortable the students began to feel in this new environment, the more efficient the work became. Classmates began to bond. People who hardly ever talked started getting to know each other through teamwork, asking each other for help in a job they could not complete alone.
In that one Just Do Something day, classmates saw each other in a new light as they joined for a common purpose: To be the hands and feet of Jesus to people needing it most, so they may see Jesus through the students and everything their actions convey.