It’s time for us to do something. A few years ago, National Honor Society adopted this motto taken from Matthew West’s popular song “Do Something." In 2014, the leaders of NHS expressed the desire to make membership in the club more than just a formality. They wanted to DO something.
Over the past three years, NHS members have not only led the school through tutoring, reading announcements and accolyting, they have responded to God’s call to serve our neighbor in tangible ways. In the past, NHS partnered with Zion Lutheran School in Ferguson and worked to provide them with a brand new library of books. NHS also adopted five Zion families for Christmas.
This year the NHS wanted to do something that would honor the memory of Henry Manu, member of the Class of 2017 who died in a drowning accident in June 2016. Henry was heavily involved with the organization Christian Friends of New Americans (CFNA), an organization in St. Louis that meets both the physical and spiritual needs of refugees who are new to the St. Louis area. Henry also focused on helping others and sharing Christ’s love to both his fellow students and his friends at CFNA. We decided to focus on CFNA for our service projects this year.
In the fall, a group of students gathered to spruce up CFNA’s buildings. In the winter the students in NHS worked together to put on a school-wide penny drive With God’s help we surpassed our initial goal of $600.00 by a WIDE margin. Our final total from the penny drive was over $1,500, allowing us the opportunity to adopt SIX refugee families for Christmas! Watching God in action was an inspiration as our entire community (students, parents, administrators, and teachers) united to serve the families of Christian Friends of New Americans! The relationships built in the first semester opened the door to two more opportunities to partner with CFNA.
In February, we were able to travel to CFNA to put on a Valentine’s Day party complete with sugar cookies, frosting, valentines, and message about Christ’s love for His children. In April we returned to CFNA and set up an Easter party where students shared the Gospel of Christ’s resurrection as well as putting on an Easter egg hunt. The night ended with many hugs and thank yous. We are thankful that CFNA has opened its doors to us, and we look forward to strengthening our relationship in future years.
The students in NHS have touched many lives this year as they became the hands and feet who brought Jesus to the children of CFNA. The NHS students of Lutheran South experience what it means to be servant leader as they respond to the God’s call to serve our neighbor, and become equipped to serve others in their future vocations.