Families of Faith Christian Academy aims to foster in its students a concern and willingness to help those in need both at school and within the community. Galatians 6:10 encourages, “Therefore, as we have opportunity let us do good to all.” As a result, Community Service at FOFCA is a priority, especially with our High School students.
Feeding the Community
In October, our Jr. High and High School students worked along side the Channahon Township as they unloaded and passed out over 8,000 lbs of food to families in need in Channahon and the surrounding communities.
Our Living Manna Food Pantry, located at 25124 S. Fryer Street in Channahon, feeds thousands of families a week thru generous donations from our local Mariano’s in Shorewood and Jewel store in Minooka as well as the Illinois Food Bank.
Learn more about our food pantry. We’re always looking for volunteers to help pass out food on food pantry days. Our pantry is open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Contact Pastor Joe is you would like to learn more or volunteer.
Helping Flood Victims in Louisiana
In September of 2016, we took our entire High School class to Walker, LA to help clean up after the devestating floods they experienced. Our Head Pastor and School Master, Pastor Randy, lead this mission team because he believed it was a tremendous opportunity for our students to take what we believe to the streets in service. We helped clean up people’s homes and properties, took food to families and shared our faith, hope and love with many.
Many of our students experienced an impact on their lives they never would have imagined. Many came to know the Lord and many others re-committed their lives to the Lord.
“Joliet Cares” Community Service Project
While most of our school enjoyed half a day off on an April Friday, our 10th-12th grade students spent their day for a third year in a row serving and helping set up the annual Joliet Cares event to be held at the Ridgewood Baptist Church the following the day.
Joliet Cares is a group of volunteers who have a passion for service and gather together once a year to provide a range of free services to guests who are struggling in our tough economic times. Over 4000 guests have been served since the first Joliet Cares in 2009. Our students spent their morning packing bags of toiletry items, setting up table and chairs, sorting through hundreds of bags of donated clothing, and helping with other various odd jobs. What a blessing to be able to serve and help make a difference for those in need in our community. For info on Joliet Cares, click HERE
“The Compassion Experience” Field Trip
They also take field trips that make them aware of what is outside of their world. Students Grades 6-12, had the opportunity to experience Compassion International’s interactive and immersive traveling display “The Passion Experience”. They were able to step into the life of a child who has suffered under the crippling weight of poverty. In the span of less than 30 minutes, they “traveled” with that child from hardship to hope. And in the midst of hope, they saw that child (based on a true story) transformed through the support of Compassion and the child’s life-giving relationship with a sponsor.
This experience challenged our views of the underserved, transformed our understanding of the world and moved some of our young people to be the change for a child who lives in extreme poverty. Click HERE for more on Compassion International
“México y Estados Unidos Cultural” Spanish Class Field Trip
Our high school Spanish class spent a day in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago discovering and learning about the Mexican-American culture in Chicagoland through the eyes of her local street artists.
The day began with pan dulce and Mexican hot chocolate and continued with ordering (in Spanish) an authentic Mexican meal at the famous Nuevo Leon restaurant on 18th Street. After lunch, we took a tour of 16th Street and the murals that were a part of the “Art in Public Spaces Initiative.” Check out our personalized tour map HERE