Deborah Johnson, Senior Director of Communications
One-by-one, PCA students carried more than a hundred flags down the worship center aisles. The flags were a myriad of colors representing the hundreds of places around the globe served on mission by PCA students and their families. The last flag carried into the service was the black flag. The black flag represented countries closed to the gospel and all who proclaim God’s word.
PCA celebrated its 16 year of sending students and staff on minimester (school-wide mission trips) on March 3, 2016. This year upper school students served in 14 different countries, four continents, six U.S. states and multiple locations in Texas and the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex.
The ceremony continued with worship led by the upper school students and a serenade in multiple languages by PCA’s first grade students. A video of PCA students and parents reciting “The Great Commission” then followed.
Shara Lott PCA mom and Chairwoman of 2016 World Impact Day committee said, “World Impact Day is one of my favorite days at PCA. Teaching our students to reach souls for His kingdom is the heartbeat of our school.”
The students concluded World Impact Day from a message from Safeeya Schnaufer, born and raised a strict Muslim in the Middle East. Schnaufer shared her testimony of becoming a follower of Jesus while witnessing violent acts against individuals who disobeyed Islamic Law.
Schnaufer encouraged PCA students to live on the mission from Matthew 28:19-20 which says “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
From the beginning of the school year the PCA Plano and North campuses stay involved with preparations for World Impact Day. Every lower school student is paired with an upper school mission trip to begin praying for the older students time of serving during minimester.
“This service is always powerful and brings tears to my eyes, Lott said, to see PCA kids preparing their heats for the mission work ahead.”