Established out of a calling and desire to help others in the surrounding community, Heritage Christian Academy created the Mission HCA program over 10 years ago to not only meet the needs of others, but to provide students opportunity and experience to answer the call as volunteers and leaders. The program offers HCA students at every level, K3–12, the ability to show the love and truth that has been poured into them. The vision is to expose the students to local, national, and international needs, allowing them to discover and utilize their spiritual gifts and unique temperaments in a variety of ministries, and at the same time equipping them with the knowledge and training necessary to fulfill the Great Commission.
For secondary students and teachers, one day each semester is designated as Mission Day. The students and staff are divided into teams, and each team participates in a different mission project in our local community. In addition to Mission day, the high school students have the opportunity to take part in the annual mission trip in December. Mission trips have varied and changed throughout the years, and have included anything from international work in Mexico at orphanages, to trips within the U.S. to places like New Orleans to provide disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, the students have worked in the city of Mission, Texas, which is located in the poorest county in the country near the Texas and Mexico borders. Lastly, during the summer, several secondary students are given the resources to partner with their local churches and other mission organizations to serve throughout the nation and in countries around the world.
As for the elementary students, they participate in Mission HCA in a different capacity than the secondary students. Each class is self–organized and works on different mission projects throughout the year. Those projects range from visiting and/or making cards for nursing homes, to hosting a canned food drive for local pantries.
From top to bottom, our students are given the opportunity to share the love of Christ with others. HCA has worked with, or facilitated opportunities for students to work with several organizations and ministries throughout the years.
Some of the past and present Mission partners and locations include:
- Rockwall Meals on Wheels
- Elderly, Retirement & Nursing Home Outreach
- “Food For 500” Community Outreach
- Helping Hands
- Cornerstone Church & Homeless Ministry
- Genesis Women's Shelter
- Mission Arlington
- Dallas Life
- Life Message
- North Texas Food Bank
- Our Savior Community Garden
- Bonton Farms
- Home Improvement For The Elderly, Widowed or Disabled
- Salvation Army
- Big Red Ministries in Mission, TX
- Red Cross in New Orleans
- Mission Trips to Mexico, Ghana, West Africa, and Venezuela
- Samaritans Purse
- World Vision