WWVA Breaks for Service

Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA) students scattered abroad on various mission trips during spring break. Destinations included Pasco, Pohnpei and El Salvador. The mission projects were varied: building churches, running a basketball camp, and organizing Vacation Bible Schools.

WWVA students Heidi Reich, sophomore; Kevin Smith, senior; Misty Onjukka, senior; and Steven Neisner, junior, spent their spring break in San Juan Opico, El Salvador, along with 52 others. The group helped build a church, assisted with an evangelistic series and Vacation Bible School, and helped with medical outreach.

"Going there made me feel like the way we live here is selfish. We have so much, but often we aren’t even grateful,” said Heidi Reich.

Erin John, a freshman, spent the duration of her spring break in Pohnpei. The group conducted a week of prayer, a basketball clinic, and helped teach the lower grades at the elementary school.

While most students went overseas for their mission projects, Yessica Gutierrez, freshman; Freddy Gonzalez, junior; Heather Reeves, sophomore; Jordan Riley, freshman; and Wendy Frazier, junior, stayed closer to home. These students went to Pasco, Wash., to perform community service, hold a Vacation Bible School, and begin sheetrocking the Ephesus Church.

“What I will always remember is the kids at story hour listening to the Bible stories. It was a good feeling to be teaching them about Jesus,” said Yessica Gutierrez.

The students are now all safely back at WWVA. They feel good—knowing that they were Jesus’ hands, and that they helped Him touch lives.