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Christian Heritage Academy

Serving In Puerto Rico
April 13, 2024
Community: Loiza, Rio Grande
Partner: Escuela Carmen L Feliciano Carreras, Iglesia Bautista de Mediania Alta
Staff: Jose David Figueroa Rivera, Daphne Hiraldo, Valeria Cortés

We are Ready!

by Daphne Hiraldo | April 13, 2024 7:50 PM

We are ready to receive Christian Heritage Academy. We can’t wait to get to meet all of you and serve alongside you. 

We are Ready!


by Daphne Hiraldo | April 13, 2024 7:51 PM

After landing safely in Puerto Rico, we are having some pinchos for lunch. We are so excited to finally be here. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us this week!

Orientation Meeting!

by Daphne Hiraldo | April 13, 2024 7:53 PM

After an amazing dinner, we are having our orientation meeting. We are getting to know each other and going over some rules for the week so we can stay safe. We are also talking about what will be happening during the week. We are looking forward to everything we will be doing! 
Orientation Meeting!

Sunday Service!

by Daphne Hiraldo | April 14, 2024 1:39 PM

This morning we are joining the Primera Iglesia Bautista de Medianía Alta in their worship service. We are so blessed to be joining our brothers and sisters in Christ to praise our Father despite cultural and language differences. 

Sunday Service!

Prayer Walk!

by Daphne Hiraldo | April 14, 2024 1:45 PM

This afternoon we are doing a prayer walk around the community of Loiza. We are so happy to be getting to know the people from the community and sharing with them the word of God. We are taking some time to pray over their prayer requests as well.
Prayer Walk!

Meeting the School Director

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | April 15, 2024 9:28 AM

Today we are at Carmen Feliciano Middle School. We are here to work with the students in the morning and paint in the afternoon. As soon as we got to the school we got to meet the director and she was telling us about the school and giving us a tour of the facilities and the classrooms.

Meeting the School Director

P.E. Class!

by Daphne Hiraldo | April 15, 2024 9:38 AM

This morning we are going to one of the special education classes in their physical education class. We are starting by watching some soccer videos to then go out to play. We are so blessed to be getting to know these kids and spend some time with them. 
P.E. Class!

English Class!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | April 15, 2024 12:25 PM

A group of us went to the English as a Second Language class. The students at the school got to present themselves in English while our students presented themselves in Spanish. A true language exchange as we are all learning from each other. 
English Class!

Special Ed Class!

by Valeria Cortés | April 15, 2024 12:33 PM

We are having  so much fun learning with the special ed class. We are doing a construction paper project of the phases of the moon.

Special Ed Class!

Art Project!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | April 15, 2024 12:34 PM

This is the 8th grade class and their art project. We are so excited to get to work with them in different classes. 

Art Project!

Painting Project - Basketball Court Yard

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | April 15, 2024 4:37 PM

After ministering in the classes, we are now painting the gym. We are working hard to make this gym ready for P.E. class.
Painting Project - Basketball Court Yard

Working hard!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | April 15, 2024 4:49 PM

Youth Bible Study!

by Daphne Hiraldo | April 15, 2024 7:04 PM

Tonight we are joining the youth of Iglesia Bautista de Medianía Alta in their Bible study under the theme Church vs Temple. It’s a blessing being able to learn about the word of God with these amazing young ladies.

Youth Bible Study!

English Class Day 2

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | April 16, 2024 9:17 AM

Today is our second day of helping at the school. A group of us is helping in English class and we are covering verbs past, present and future. First the students introduced themselves and then we had people from the classes introduce themselves as well and share something about Jesus. Then we helped with the class.

English Class Day 2

Making Bracelets!

by Daphne Hiraldo | April 16, 2024 12:53 PM

This morning, we are making bracelets with one of the special education classes. We are having so much fun picking out their favorite colors and helping them spell their names. It’s amazing getting to share the love of God through doing crafts like this.

Making Bracelets!

Soccer drills!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | April 16, 2024 1:51 PM

Painting Project - Basketball Court Yard Part 2

by Valeria Cortés | April 16, 2024 7:02 PM

In the afternoon we're painting the basketball court. We still have work ahead of us but we're excited for the progress that we've made so far. We're grateful to serve the school this way.

Painting Project - Basketball Court Yard Part 2

Funnel Cakes!

by Daphne Hiraldo | April 16, 2024 7:16 PM

Tonight we are making funnel cakes for everybody. It’s amazing being able to share this treat with our new friends from Puerto Rico. 

Funnel Cakes!

Solar Eclipse!

by Daphne Hiraldo | April 17, 2024 9:23 AM

Today we are helping the special ed class with their solar eclipse project. It’s so fun getting to know them and help them complete their projects. 
Solar Eclipse!

Special Ed Class Wednesday!

by Valeria Cortés | April 17, 2024 12:08 PM

Today we're continuing to assist in one of the Special Ed classes. We love getting to know the students and assist them.

Special Ed Class Wednesday!

Gymnasium before and after

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | April 18, 2024 8:20 AM

Bio Bay Kayak!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | April 18, 2024 8:23 AM

Tonight we are kayaking at the bio bay in Fajardo. We are so excited to have this awesome experience. It’s a great wait to unwind after a day of serving.
Bio Bay Kayak!

Story of Daniel!

by Daphne Hiraldo | April 18, 2024 4:02 PM

This morning we are back at the English class. This time we are discussing the story of Daniel with the students. This is a great opportunity to be able to talk to the students about the word of God.

Story of Daniel!

Heart to Heart

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | April 18, 2024 4:19 PM

Both the principal of Christian Heritage Academy and the principal of Escuela Carmen Feliciano Carreras sat down to talk and listen to each other's heart for their schools-the challenges they face and how to empower their students. We also talked about future partnerships and what to do. After our talk, we finished praying for each other.

Heart to Heart

Cooking Club!

by Valeria Cortés | April 19, 2024 10:33 AM

This morning at Special Ed class we're doing pizzas with the Cooking Club. We're sad this will be our last class with the students but happy that we got to meet and share with them this week.

Cooking Club!

El Yunque!

by Daphne Hiraldo | April 19, 2024 10:34 AM

This afternoon we are at el yunque national rainforest. We are having so much fun seeing the different sites, learning about the wild life and swimming. 

El Yunque!

Beach time!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | April 19, 2024 10:40 AM

We are now enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the beach. We are at Luquillo Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Beach time!

Old San Juan!

by Daphne Hiraldo | April 19, 2024 11:11 AM

This morning we are at Old San Juan! We are visiting the castle, shopping for souvenirs and enjoying the different historical sites. This has been a great way to close out our trip. 

Old San Juan!

Continue Your Impact

by Praying Pelican Missions | April 19, 2024 11:57 PM

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Donna Parnell

April 20, 2024 9:23 AM

It has been a joy to follow these wonderful kids on their mission trip and to feel like we shared in just a bit of their experience. May this week always have an impact on each of their lives! Have a great trip home!


April 19, 2024 10:06 PM

What an exciting and whirlwind of a week it has been looking back on your daily posts!! Fantastic hard work on that gymnasium!! I know it is pretty hot and humid there and looks like everybody persevered!! What great opportunities to hold dear to the heart for a lifetime!! Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your week! Save travels tomorrow! God's blessings and peace!!

Stephanie Bychinski

April 18, 2024 8:32 PM

(Ugh. The emojis I added to the end of my last comment came out as question marks! Hahaha!)

Stephanie Bychinski

April 18, 2024 8:31 PM

Thank you so much for taking the time to update us. So great to get a glimpse of what they're doing!????

Becky Boer

April 18, 2024 6:19 PM

Love reading about the week of serving and growing relationships with the students at the school. Praying that God gets all the glory and that the students from BOTH schools grew in their faith!


April 17, 2024 2:13 AM

It's so great to be able to keep track of my granddaughter and her mission group via pictures and comments! It would be really neat to see some feedback in writing comments from the participants of the group. I think it would be really great if each of the participants

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