The Lord called Harvest Christian School to start international missions in the year 2000. Since then, we have been to India, Madagascar, Malawi, Kenya and Uganda, often returning to many of these countries.
The aim of participating in international missions includes:
Grades 8 to 12 students may participate in these missions and are required to commit to a five-month training program before leaving for a two-week mission during holidays. The training program covers group dynamics and unity, prayer, gifts and abilities and cultural understanding.
The focus of the missions is to bless and uplift communities, to establish relationships with the people, and to impact their lives for the Lord. Most of the work takes place in local schools and churches, where we build or renovate classrooms, assist teachers, lead devotion and worship times, share the gospel and bless the people in every possible way. Students are trained and encouraged to use their unique gifts and abilities in the various aspects of the mission.
Regional missions take place from time to time, providing opportunity for our students to partner with the local church on a three to four day outreach into the surrounding Eastern Cape or Transkei areas. Cultural and team training will be provided in the same vein as for an international mission.
Harvest strives to impact the lives of those living in our own community through loving service. Each High School student is expected to complete at least 20 hours of service per year at an organisation or place of their choice. Regular outreach events are arranged through the school, providing opportunities for students to get involved in community activities. Our students serve in animal shelters, old-age homes, orphanages, pre-schools, hospitals, crisis centres etc. Each student is encouraged to identify the area in which they believe God has called them to serve, with the hope and prayer that service into that area will continue long after school.