MSL Grade 12
Mission Service Learning or MSL is one of many activities in Sekolah Dian Harapan that is aimed to help and train students to have compassion and caring towards others and environment. The theme for this year MSL was Striving for Shalom which was intended to give opportunity for students to express and share their talents in order to help and enable others to also see their potentials.
As this activity is inspired by the Lord commandment written in John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”, we really concern that students will build the same compassion as Lord Jesus has towards men. Thus, by loving and showing compassion towards others, students express their love to Lord Jesus (Matthew 22:37-38).
This activity was held on Wednesday, October 8th, 2017 at 7 am – 2 pm in Sekolah Dian Harapan. We invited grade 4 and 5 students from three different elementary schools near SDH. All the participants were about 173 students and 10 teachers.
The objectives of MSL this year were
1. To Develop respectful relationships with all people as God’s image bearers. (2)
2. To discern the right from wrong (10)
3. To express our gratitude to our Lord Jesus and desire to please and honor Him
4. To practice and train our caring hearts and compassion towards those in need
5. To express and share our talents and potentials (Striving for shalom)
Through this event, students shared their knowledge, talents, and skills in various fields, such as music, social, science, math, health, basketball, football, and crafting. They assisted, taught, and coached those elementary students. Furthermore, they also gave the elementary students some bathing tools and souvenirs for the teachers. Not only sharing their knowledge, SDH students made connection and built relation with the target students by having lunch together. It was so obvious that they enjoyed the time together.
Based on the observation by the teachers and students’ reflection both from SDH and the invited elementary schools, it can be concluded that the event has run well and achieved its objectives.