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Senior Years Students Support LCS’ Vision through Ride for Impact

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Senior Years Students Support LCS’ Vision through Ride for Impact

Senior Years students recently participated in Ride for Impact, a fundraising initiative that saw students bike and walk to raise funds in support of Impact Ministries in Tactic, Guatemala. Our Grade 9-12 students (343 of them) participated, choosing to either bike for 10 or 20 km, or walk for 5 km. They brought in donations, and raised funds through an online donation portal and Grade 10 Business Week initiatives. On Friday, May 31, 2024 students and staff wore blue and biked or walked in support Impact Ministries.

Our LCS students and community were able to raise $38,000 to build an Impact Ministries classroom in a brand new school in the remote village of Mestela in Guatemala. The new classroom will invest in 25 children and their families annually, potentially impacting thousands of lives in a region where access to education is desperately needed. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new school took place last month and construction for this project will begin soon.

 Impact Ministries provides much needed access to education, caring Christian teachers, resources, Christian discipleship, nutritious meals, and medical care to children in Guatemala. Through meeting the basic needs of children and teaching with a Biblical worldview, students are being set up to succeed.

LCS has been partnering with Impact Ministries through outreach teams and projects for 15 years. We annually send a Senior Years mission team to Tactic to serve alongside Impact Ministries. LCS sent a staff team to Tactic in 2014 and spearheaded a project to raise money for a soccer complex at one of the Impact Ministry schools in 2022. Read about our 2024 Guatemala missions trip here. We value our partnership with the Christ-centred organization and are committed to helping them live out their mission.

Founders Les and Rita Peters launched the ministry in 2000, beginning with 78 students. Today, Impact Ministries has grown to include 10 different school programs with over 1700 students, along with a nutrition program where they serve 9,000 meals per week. They also run a medical clinic, agricultural program, numerous churches and a children’s home for orphaned and abandoned children.

The recent Ride for Impact challenge for Senior Years students helped reinforce our commitment to developing compassionate community members. Our ongoing partnership with Impact Ministries equips our students to serve and teaches them the value of outreach and mission.