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Dear ICSV Parents:

The ICSV mission statement expresses our desire to impact the nations of the world. One way in which we do this is by providing service opportunities during school breaks. This year during Easter Break, two mission trips went out from ICSV. In this week’s Eagle article I’d like to highlight the trip that went to Romania. Ms. Grumbach has provided a short description of where they went and what they did. Two of the students on the trip have shared about their personal experiences.

During Spring Break, Mr. Matin, Ms. Grumbach, Mr. Tuckey, and Ms. Howard traveled to River of Life in Cornesti, Romania with 29 high school students. River of Life is a center devoted to caring for at risk women and their children, needy elderly, and abandoned children. The team spent the week on multiple work projects that included mixing and pouring lots of cement, digging ditches, leveling ground for grass to be planted, painting, and tearing out an old building. In the afternoon, some of the students put on a children’s program for the kids that live at River of Life. They sang songs, played games, and did crafts with the kids. It was a wonderful week of ministry and growing closer together as a team. – Ms. Grumbach

This year I had the privilege to be part of the mission trip to Romania, through which the group of students and teachers were able to serve the ministry and simultaneously establish and deepen their relationships. On this trip I began to understand the significance of fellowship and had numerous good conversations with both teachers and students; we were there for each other, prayed for each other, and grew as part of the large body in Christ. This trip was not only an experience, but also a time filled with blessings and God’s love. I hope to be part of this eye-opening trip again next year. – Gun Park, Junior

This year in Romania I had the privilege of being a small group leader. It was my third time going to River of Life, so I was used to the physical labor and the way the schedule worked out, but leading a small group was a refreshing experience nonetheless. I had led one before, but with the groups being different every year it gave us the opportunity to get to know each other more, grow together, and encourage each other. Along with small groups, hearing the testimonies of others was definitely a blessing and an opportunity to see how God is working in other people’s lives. My favorite thing about Romania is how welcoming the people there are and the sense of joy and freedom that comes with serving them. Because of the past experiences I have made, I plan to return again on my own free time, since this is my last year at ICSV. – Larissa Peter, Senior

A special thanks goes to these 34 students and teachers for serving others during their Easter Break. They gave of their time and talents to show love and support for the families at River of Life. They have represented ICSV and our Heavenly Father well.

Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon C. Brobst, Ed.D.