Kiwanis hear about ACA Puerto Rico Mission Trip

Debbie Snapp
ECB Publishing, Inc.

Eleventh grade students from Aucilla Christian Academy (ACA) were recently invited to speak to members of the Monticello Kiwanis Club on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Together, the students shared news of their recent mission trip to San Juan, in Puerto Rico, while presenting a slide presentation of pictures they had taken during their trip.
The students spoke a bit about each picture, sharing information about the work they did and the fun they had while serving others.
All students agreed that the most fun they had during the whole trip was playing with the young children who lived at an orphanage the ACA students had been working.
The Kiwanis Club helped fund this trip for the students. In addition to providing information about their recent trip, the students and their trip leader Tonya Roberts excitedly announced that they are already planning their next trip.
The seven students traveling on this building and cleaning mission trip were: Brady Browning, Will Sullivan, Makayla Walker, Selina Drawdy, Anna Lee Trest, Olivia Walton and Hunter Hughes.
They shared that knowing that they did something worthwhile was a wonderful feeling. During their trip, they witnessed a lot of recent hurricane damage to the buildings and the beaches; they learned of the needs of the people, such as clean water and water filters.
They couldn't help but notice that the children at the orphanage share everything. When the children received a gift, it was shared by all the children; no one fought about it or called it "mine."
They also visited a local women's shelter. They prayed with the women and listened to their stories through an interpreter, and gave them bracelets.
Kiwanis meets weekly at noon on Wednesday, at the Jefferson Country Club for a business meeting, program and lunch. Contact Sherri Dean at (850) 524-4442 for more information.