PCA’s World Impact Day celebrates more than 500 students and staff who will serve locally and internationally during Minimester Week
Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) celebrated its annual World Impact Day today and commissioned more than 500 students and staff members who will serve locally, nationally and abroad next week. Each year, PCA sets aside a Minimester week during the spring semester for Upper School students to serve on mission.
“World Impact Day is one of my favorite days at PCA,” said Shara Lott, PCA mom and Chairwoman of the 2017 World Impact Day Committee. “Our students start when they are young by praying and collecting supplies which creates a passion for missions by the time they are ready to go out into the world when they are in high school.”
From the beginning of the school year, all PCA Plano and PCA North students are involved with World Impact Day and Minimester, though pre-kindergarten through sixth graders will have school as usual next week. In the fall, every Lower School class is paired with a mission trip and the younger students begin praying for the students and staff who will serve during Minimester. The younger students also begin collecting supplies that will be donated to each specific mission trip.
A central theme of PCA’s mission statement is equipping students to impact communities for Christ, which is why the school places such importance on World Impact Day and Minimester. This marks the 17th year that PCA has sent students and staff on Minimester, and this year, Upper School students are serving in 10 countries abroad on five continents, four states in the U.S. and multiple locations around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
World Impact Day began with All School Worship at Prestonwood Baptist Church with a powerful video of PCA students, alumni and parents reciting The Great Commission in their native language. “The Great Commission is not a program; it’s part of PCA’s culture. It is who we are,” said PCA’s Head of School, Dr. Larry Taylor, who will lead a group of 33 students and adults on the Caribbean Minimester mission trip. “From the little ones in Pre-K all the way through high school, we are serving out of obedience to God’s Word.”
In addition to worship music led by Upper School students and a parade of flags of the nations where PCA students have or will serve on mission, attendees also heard from PCA Latin teacher, Ms. Victoria Coltea, who spoke about growing up as a persecuted Christian in Communist Romania.
Prestonwood Baptist Church Teaching Pastor and PCA dad Jarrett Stephens delivered a challenge to the students going out into the world. “God wants to use you,” he said. “God wants to do an incredible work in your life to impact people. You can make a difference!” Pastor Stephens welcomed all of the Upper School students and adults soon leaving on mission to the front of the Prestonwood Worship Center for their commissioning saying, “This is a pep rally for our students going out into the world. Let’s get pumped up about taking God’s Word to the nations!”
Following All School Worship, Upper School students dispersed amongst the Lower School classrooms for activities with the children and a time of prayer. All students were served a small lunch of rice and beans in honor of the millions of children around the globe who do not have enough to eat daily.
In addition to the Upper School students who are traveling locally, nationally and abroad for mission trips, there are also those who are staying closer to home during Minimester week. Some PCA Upper School students choose to spend the week doing an internship, exploring the medical community or going on college campus visits. PCA’s seventh and eighth graders also enjoy service, mission work and spiritual growth throughout a structured week as they travel to Pine Cove Christian Camp in Tyler, TX; Frontier Camp in Grapeland, TX; New Life Ranch in Colcord, OK; Washington, D.C. or serve the local community with service projects.
Prestonwood Christian Academy is celebrating its 20th school year serving more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 7th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. The school has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. In addition to PCA’s spiritual development plan, the school promotes a rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. The graduating class of 2016 was offered more than $15 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. Interested families are encouraged to schedule a Thursday tour at PCA Plano or PCA North by visiting www.prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions.