LASA Service Trips
“Love All, Serve All” or “LASA” is the name of our Grade 9-12 school service program here at TCIS. It is an uplifting phrase, and even more it is a way of life. We believe that Jesus has called us, as his followers, to love all people and to serve all people; Christians see needs around them and use their gifts and resources to meet those needs. We encourage all students and staff to live their lives in this way as opportunities present themselves.
Exposure & Experience
The LASA program takes students out of their normal environment and exposes them to the needs of others in another parts of the world. It seeks to expand their understanding of the world, the needs of different people groups, and what other people in the world are doing to serve others in their own communities. LASA is a time of active learning.
Some of the possible work and faith sharing opportunities our students may experience on these trips are:
- Tutoring or teaching younger children in a local school setting
- Providing minor medical care
- Building projects/construction
- Involvement with local feeding programs
- Sports Ministries
- Spending time with children and orphans, ministering to their needs
- Learning about the rights of children and other peoples around the world
- Sharing musical and other skill-based talents with less privileged students
- Sharing Bible stories and personal testimonies
Locations & Ministry Partners
We partner with a variety of people and organizations in our LASA program. We are grateful for the relationships and the spirit with which we are hosted in the various places that we serve. We are a blessed community to have these opportunities.
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
For over a decade, TCIS has been partnering with the Beulah Home orphanage in Bengaluru, India. There are over 70 children ranging from the ages of 4 to 16 living there presently. This is a Christian orphanage and students are involved with leading children’s ministries while at the orphanage. It includes telling Bible Stories, leading music, performing skits, playing games, and making crafts. They may also perform some service project there as well, depending on the current needs (i.e. painting, cleaning, teaching classes etc.)
Beginning in 2009, our school has begun to partner with “On the Rock” Ministries in Boracay, Philippines. Boracay is often thought of as a tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches and water. Most of the island, however, lives in poverty. “On the Rock” has a vision for meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the local people living there, on many fronts. Their ministries involve supporting schools to the Ati children, providing medical and feeding sites around the island, sports ministry, and delivering the message of Christ in story and songs.
Students attending this trip will be exposed to an array of service activities. Students will work on construction sites, serve at feeding sites, and present stories and songs to local children. There are many opportunities for cultural exchange on the trip, in a variety of settings. While in Boracay, the teams take advantage of the island’s beautiful beaches and shopping.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Our longest running trip is that to Chiang Mai, Thailand, and it serves at the Grace Home Orphanage. Teams prepare Bible lessons, skits, songs, games and crafts for the children. In addition, they also spend time on a service project while at the orphanage (in the past they have cleaned, painted planted trees and worked on small construction projects). they also have the opportunity to visit a mountain village located just north of Chiang Mai. Students experience a very different life in Thailand than in Korea, but through getting to know the people they are able to understand and appreciate the way they live.
We have a great relationship with the children of Grace Home, and want to continue pouring out God’s love on them. We want to show the people of Chiang Mai that we care, and that the love we have to offer is given to us by our loving God, who offers them life and grace through Christ Jesus.
Manila, Philippines (KIM’s)
Most of our trips are located in rural areas and beaches, this trip is right in the middle of the urban jungle of Manila in the Philippines. Those participating on this trip will get the opportunity to work with Kids International Ministries (KIM’s). Our students will be involved with the New Faith Family Children’s Home and a multifaceted community outreach ministry that began when a young girl asked her parents, “Can’t we do more to help?” The family-run center is meeting needs in their community in Manila and working to change lives.
Our teams will have a variety of options to get involved in service: from teaching and playing with children, working on community development projects, outreach ministry, feeding sites, medical care and construction work. They will witness up close the poor economic conditions of Manila and the ugliness of urban life. Spending time with the children of the New Faith Children’s Home is always the highlight of the trip.
Oriental Mindoro, Philippines (Stairway)
The Stairway Foundation is an NGO program that advocates for children’s rights in a variety of ways. Stairway develops awareness media, training resources, invests personally in the lives of specific children and is involved in working for the betterment of their local community. This trip is one that really opens a person’s eyes to the issues that are frighteningly real in the lives of so many children on a daily basis.
Participants on this trip engage in “Youth For Change Camps”. Students are be involved in the daily lives of the children and workers at the Stairway Center. Team members may also be involved with a larger physical service project. This trip opens eyes and minds, and many of the issues discussed are of a frank nature dealing with sexual abuse and substance addiction. These issues are dealt with in a sensitive and appropriate manner, but an awareness of this content should be had beforehand. Students are exposed to the needs around them and to use their gifts and resources to meet those needs.
Spiritual Life Director