YISS' high school Guardians Outreach Education & Service (GOES) program sent three teams to serve in various locations throughout Korea during Spring Break this year. Each team had a different purpose, but all of the teams came away from the trips with a desire to continue loving and serving those in need.
While all of the YISS GOES trips have something special and distinctive about them, the Geoje Island trip was unique because of its connection to Aikwangwon, a facility for children and adults with severe mental and physical handicaps. This year, a dozen YISS students and two faculty members spent five days serving and connecting with a number of Aikwangwon residents. They walked, talked, sketched, sang, played, and ate together. The team members developed bonds of friendship and love with the residents they were partnered with. While they certainly had opportunities to enjoy the beauty of Geoje itself, the beauty of friendship and connection with the dear people of Aikwangwon was the real heart of this trip.
Enjoy this video the Geoje team produced about their adventure.
Leaders: Dr. Baniszewski, Ms. Honaker
Members: Jaydon H. (11), Ted P. (11), Robin R. (11), Danny S. (11), Irene G. (10), Jayden K. (10), Hannah L. (10), Jane L. (10), Dyanne A. (9), Joonho C. (9), Amy E. (9), Taerin K. (9), Sophia L. (9)
The Kunsan trip was a lesson in service for the students and leaders alike. In the mornings, the team spent some time doing a daily devotion and discussing what they had learned from God’s word before going to assist at a variety of ministries in Kunsan, including some centers for the disabled. The afternoons were usually spent cleaning and playing with the kids at a local sports center for underprivileged children. At night, the high school students led an English camp for the children at the single mothers’ home that hosted them. Through the GOES trip, the team was able to experience a taste of what it is like to be not only hearers of God's word but doers as well.
Enjoy this video the Kunsan team produced about their adventure.
Leaders: Mr. Craft, Mrs. Craft, Ms. Jeon
Members: Oliver K. (12), Soo L. (12), Jay B. (11), Shelley C. (11), Adeline K. (11), Tayne K. (11), Jenny K. (11), Brigitte L. (11), Katherine L. (11), Lina P. (11), Julian R. (11), Jiyu S. (11), Amelia T. (11), Jasmine C. (10), Paul O. (10), Simon S. (10)
Thirteen students and three adult chaperones went to Taebaek, an old coal mining town which is the highest city in South Korea. The focus of the trip was playing concerts and holding music and English camps. Team members performed during the Sunday morning worship service at Dongjeom Church and held concerts at Chulam Care Center (for retired coal miners), a nursery for preschool-aged children, Mirea Special Needs School, Dongjeom Elementary School, and for a group from the Elder Center at Dongjeom Church. The team’s final concert was held at Dongjeom Church the Thursday evening before they left. In addition to playing concerts, each afternoon, the students led an English camp at Dongjeom Elementary School and a music camp at Dongjeom Church. The students built relationships with the children and did an amazing job teaching English and music. During the trip, the team was also able to visit the Taebaek Paleozoic Museum and tour the Samtan Art Mine (an old coal mine converted into an art gallery).
Enjoy this video the Taebaek team produced about their adventure.
Leaders: Mrs. Fisher, Dr. Harding, Mrs. Harding
Members: Yoona C. (11), Rebecca K. (11), Eric L. (11), Ashley Y. (11), Katie Y. (11), Erica C. (9), Ian C. (9), Chanyoung C. (9), Pete H. (9), Joshua K. (9), Daniel K. (9), Kevin L. (9), Andrew P. (9)