This local mission provides shoes, particularly sneakers, to disadvantaged and low-income children in Collier and Lee counties. Over 1000 of the public school children in Collier County alone, K-12th grade, have been aided by this ministry just this year. Students and their families will gather and buy shoes over the year, to be distributed by the organization as needed. Check out www.lacesoflove.org for more information on the valuable ministry they offer.
Grace Center for Children and Families, Ethiopia
The Grace Center is a ministry to mothers and babies in Ethiopia, staffed by the Ericksons, whose children have attended NCA in the past and are from Naples originally. Prenatal and postnatal care, as well as, job training and health education, are just a few of the significant works of this ministry. Our children will keep them in prayer and communicate with them as well as gather funds andsupplies for them. More information on this ministry and the work they do can be found at http://stjosephsfamilyfoundation.org.
Alliance Postage Stamp Ministry, Shell Point, Ft. Myers, FL.
For over 30 years, the residents of Shell Point have collected used stamps to generate funds for mission work. The stamps are packed and sold to wholesalers who buy them to distribute to collectors around the world. Every cent of the funds from the stamps is sent to the “Sunday School Curriculum Project”, which buys Sunday school materials and teaching aids for use in impoverished Spanish countries. Our first graders will collect and prepare the stamps for the folks at Shell Point. To view an introductory video on this ministry you can access http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj0Gl1S3j6E&feature=youtube_gdata_playe
Ronald McDonald House, Ft. Myers, FL.: Pop Can Tabs
Lakeside Pavilion Nursing Home, Naples, FL
The Ronald McDonald House houses families of critically ill children at no cost while they are in the area for medical care. The children save the pull tabs off of numerous metal cans for recycling. The funds garnered from this will offset the costs of food and utilities. The project is run school wide but coordinated by the second grade. Tabs may be dropped off at the second grade classroom or left in Mrs. Bagley’s mailbox. The students also go to Lakeside Pavilion Rehabilitation Center 3-4 times a year making crafts and playing games, and ministering to the residents. You can find out more about the Ronald McDonald House at www.rmhc.com.
Mission Aviation Fellowship: Quarterly Coffees and Adopting an MAF Missionary
Students will “host” a coffee, juice and donut morning once a quarter with the help of their class Mission Parents. Suggested donation for the breakfast will be $3. The proceeds will enable MAF to purchase fuel for its airplanes, which support the needs of missionaries around the world and also send communications teams to disaster sites. It takes over $350 to fill an MAF airplane tank with aviation fuel. (costs which are climbing every day!) The class will also adopt a missionary couple from the MAF staff list from a country they choose and corresponding with them and learning more about their work for Christ. For more information about this ministry please go to www.maf.org.
Feed My Starving Children, Loon Rapids, Minnesota
Feed My Starving Children( FMSC) is an evangelical relief organization dedicated to providing food to areas of Africa that are destitute due to famine and political unrest. The fourth graders will seek sponsors to support them for each book they read. Each child will set a goal based on the catalog, which offers handmade gifts from folks in these areas in return for payment of a certain level. Our readers will be able to underwrite food for those in the area they choose and receive the gift in return, supporting the artisan and the hunger program. Reading, supporting an artisan and feeding people- it’s a win, win, win! Gift catalogs will also be available for anyone who would like to order from them to support the ministry and provide for the artisans and hungry or you can go online at www.fmsc.org.
Garden of Creation, Naples Christian Academy Campus
Students will work on our school garden learning about world hunger and sustainable and organic gardening practices. Produce grown will be sold to the school community during periodic farmer’s markets held on campus.
Salvation Army, Naples, FL: Childcare Center and Headquarters/Seasonal Projects
Naples’ Salvation Army headquarters works very hard to reach out to those in need with food, monetary help, and the Gospel. Projects of the 6th grade will include visits to the childcare center and headquarters to help in many ways, and seasonal projects such as ringing the bells, canned food drives, working in the food pantry, hurricane relief, and filling stockings at Christmas for senior citizens and children. The work of this great ministry can be found at www.SalvationArmyNaples.org.
Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Hurricane/Disaster and Medical Relief
Seventh Grade coordinates the ministry of filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child for our school. They will help box, stack and deliver to the local drop off site, all the shoeboxes that come into NCA for this project. This year we plan to have our fourth school wide Shoebox Packing birthday party. They will also help in raising funds for other relief and medical aid efforts of Samaritan’s during the rest of the year by sacrificial offerings or special projects, as needed. Samaritan’s Purse’s international ministry can be found at www.samaritanspurse.org.
International Mission Trip
By 8th grade, we feel that our students have been exposed to a wide gamut of mission opportunities. Our 8th graders continue to grow by working through a strong Biblically based curriculum on servant leadership as a class, in preparation for their international trip in the spring. They will also prepare by serving locally at missions in Immokalee and Naples. The international mission trip is a joining of all their NCA experiences and Biblical knowledge to travel internationally and aid a church, ministry, and/or orphanage. They will do hands-on physical labor as well as outreach and evangelism in those neighborhoods. They will also have down time to explore the area as tourists and enjoy a new culture. In addition to working onsite and presenting skits and testimonies, they will be bringing craft and hygiene supplies with them to be given away.
Pencils for Ghana
The NCA Library has a mission for those less fortunate in Ghana. The Library will be collecting pencils all year long to donate to the people of Ghana. Mrs. Gonzalez is coordinating with some local missionaries that will be taking all the pencils we can gather to Africa next summer. Ghana is an area that is quickly being influenced by the Muslim religion. These pencils are a way for the missionaries to share both the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet a need for these children academically.
Students from grades 5-8 may participate in a one-day marketplace where they are able to sell their handmade goods with the profits going to finance small international businesses. They are each given $10 in seed money to buy supplies, and must fill out a business plan to outline the use and dispersal of their funds. With the profit from their business, they repay the seed money and then the remainder of the profit is sent to Opportunity International to enable underprivileged but ambitious women in impoverished areas of the world to start a business or buy materials or tools that will equip them to be self-sufficient. Our students learn good business practices and understand the premises of microfinance. Information and heartwarming testimonies about this ministry can be found at www.opportunity.org.