by Courtney Price

For students at SouthLake Christian Academy, it’s about serving others.

The school’s Student Mission Fellowship sent 20 students to the Charlotte Rescue Mission to serve dinner for residents on Sept. 7.

“We are all very passionate about service and we choose to assist at the Charlotte Rescue Mission because it is a Christ-centered program that realizes the key to an addict’s recovery from drug and alcohol abuse and/or addiction is through faith in Jesus Christ,” SouthLake teacher Elizabeth Smit said.

While only 20 students could go on the mission, several others worked to prepare the meal, which included sloppy joes, potato salad, fruit salad, pasta salad, chips and several homemade desserts.

“After we served them, we sat and talked with them to hear their stories about how they ended up where they are,” said Danae Mouton, president of the Student Mission Fellowship.

Sammi Sharp, the group’s vice president, said those chats were inspirational.

“One guy was just really grateful. He gave us encouragement to stay on the good path that God has for us,” Sharp said. “It was awesome to hear from his experience and what he learned from it.”

That’s what Smit said she hopes the students learn from their mission work.

“Through service to others, we can truly see the needs of this world and develop compassion for those who are hurting, lonely, sick, and most of all, who need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” she said. “Students, no matter what their age, can see that they are able to bring joy and the love of Christ to those in need, and make a difference in peoples’ lives.”

Danae and Sammi have already planned for another trip to the rescue mission in November.

“It’s so close to home, it opens your eyes that there’s a need for service in the community,” Sammi said. “We don’t always realize that there are people out there who need our support.”