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Students reflect on mission work

October 23, 2006|by MEGAN MOWEN / Heritage Academy junior

Several Heritage Academy students dedicated a few weeks of their summer to travel on mission trips.

Seniors DruAnna Clark and James Murphy, along with sophomore Andrew Hendershot, helped at Hope Children's Home in Florida for a few weeks.

DruAnna, James and Andrew repaired and repainted sheds, cabins and houses. In the evenings, they played games and had fun while getting to know the children.

"It was great to go and be a blessing, but really we are the ones blessed by the experience," DruAnna said.


Brothers Sam Brewer, a senior, and Seth Brewer, a sophomore, decided on an adventurous all-summer stay at Miracle Mountain Ranch in Spring Creek, Pa.

Sam was a counselor and Seth was a ranch hand.

"It was good, honest work and I enjoyed it," Seth said.

Senior Brittany Eberly went to Lost Creek, Ky., at the end of July. She helped put up ceiling tiles in a gym, reshingle a roof and paint.

"Sometimes, we thought the tasks impossible," she said, "but God always pulled through for us. It was an awesome opportunity to be able to serve."

Heritage 2006 graduate Meredith Johnson traveled with the Academy of Arts.

She and her team of teenagers performed the drama "By the Will of God" in the eastern United States.

"Throughout my whole summer experience, words on a page cannot even begin to explain how much I grew in the Lord this summer," Meredith said.

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