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Why We Do Community Outreach

In Matthew 25:37-45, Christ provides a very simple assignment to those who follow Him. The assignment requires followers to do something about the needs of others, even if that means stepping out of their own comfort zones.  In an attempt to fulfill the assignment that Christ gave in Matthew 25, CCA requires all high school students to complete twenty (20) community service hours for each year of high school attended at CCA (these also apply toward a minimum total of 80 hours required to receive the Panamanian diploma).

High school students will be able to serve and fulfill their community service requirement by participating in Community Outreach Opportunities (COOPs) throughout the year. Community Outreach Opportunities will be announced as they are available and may take place on Wednesdays, after school, or on weekends.  Transportation and necessary supplies will either be provided or acquired through the generosity of the CCA community. There will be an assembly regarding outreach during the month of August.  COOPs must adhere to the following criteria and must be approved by the Spiritual Life Coordinator PRIOR to completion:

  • Assisting with CCA/CBC events can account for up to 50% of the community service requirement (teaching Sunday school, working in the nursery, CBC Christmas Cantata, Crossfire Praise Team, etc.)
  • Serving in a family business does not count toward Community Service hours.
  • The community service yearly requirement must be completed by the last Friday of May.
  • The community service form must be turned in to the Spiritual Life Coordinator within 30 days of completing the service.  Hours will "expire" after 30 days.
  • HS report cards will not be issued at the end of each year until the 20 hour yearly requirement has been met.
  • Students who do not complete 80 hours of community service prior to graduation will not receive their diploma(s) until the hours are completed.        

Community Outreach:

October 2018-

During the month of October, we will be supporting the work the Buenos do with another often-forgotten group in the Curundú community: teenage mothers. Marianela Bueno and fellow missionary Mariela spend each Wednesday afternoon with this group of ladies, teaching them how to care for a baby, ensuring they receive important pre-natal care and generally showing them Christ's love. Most of these girls never finished elementary school, and so another important aspect of this ministry is helping the girls to enroll in educational programs so they will learn to read and ultimately finish high school. 
As always, we can help in three ways:
1. We can share our time! 
Saturday, October 20, we will assist Marianela and Mariela in hosting a SPA day for the pregnant girls. If you would like to participate in this event, please contact Jamie Herrera.
2. We can share our resources!
We will be collecting the following items throughout the month of October.
  • K3/K4/K5 - Diapers, specifically sizes N and 1
  • 1st and 2nd grades - formula
  • 3rd grade - bottles and pacifiers
  • 4th grade - baby clothes (0 to 12 months) either new or used
  • 5th grade - baby blankets
3. We can share our prayers!
Let's pray that each one of these girls will come to know the Lord as her Savior as a result of this ministry.

August 2018- 

Our Elementary students spent the month of August 2018 gathering non perishable items for the Saturday lunch program at Juntos Podemos. Every Saturday the Bueno family and many volunteers have a ministry at Juntos Podemos where they invite kids to come play games, sing, learn about God, and have a hot lunch.  Our Elementary students have decided to come along side the Bueno family for the 2018-2019 school year to help in their many ministries through out Panama City. 

 

Casa Providencia-

Our first community outreach program for the 2017-2018 school year was helping with restoration projects at Casa Providencia.  We spent the day power washing, painting, and doing any odd and end job we could.

Casa Providencia is a ministry of Hearts Cry and will be the first home in Panama designed specifically to care for children with disabilities who are in need of forever homes. This home will meet the needs for so many children and help find them permanent and loving families. It was an honor to spend the day to help get Casa Providencia up and running.

If you would like more information about Casa Providencia please click here. http://casaprovidencia.org/index.html