Habitat for Humanity, through the Lutheran Schools Mission (LSM), provides an opportunity for Unity College Year 11 students to respond to God’s love by serving others in a very practical way. Students spend two weeks in a host country to assist in unskilled work such as lifting, carrying and mixing, as well as hammering, sawing and laying blocks. The team works with the future homeowners, local volunteers and skilled construction workers and receive construction supervision.
The benefits for students of this experience include:
- An understanding of the global reality of third world poverty, its effect on people’s lives and of Australia’s privileged economic position in the world.
- Personal growth and maturity through these experiences.
- Development of leadership and public speaking skills through the process of sharing their experiences with the school community afterwards.
- Understanding that Christians are called in their vocation in the world to use their God-given gifts for the benefit of others.
- A greater appreciation of the community of Lutheran Schools in SA and the development of friendships and relationships with students of other schools.
- A long-term commitment to social justice in the world.
The last mission took place in Cambodia in July 2017 with a team of 4 students participating. Habitat for Humanity is offered every second year with the next trip anticipated to be conducted in 2019.