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Sherwood students skip holiday at home for mission trips

Two groups are visiting Uganda and the Netherlands during their Thanksgiving break

Sherwood Christian Academy students are in Uganda working with African students. The SCA delegation helped develop a technology lab during last year’s visit. (Special Photo)

Sherwood Christian Academy students are in Uganda working with African students. The SCA delegation helped develop a technology lab during last year’s visit. (Special Photo)

ALBANY — Several students at Sherwood Christian Academy have given up their Thanksgiving holiday to travel to Africa and the Netherlands on mission trips.

A group of 14 students departed Sunday to travel to Africa to further a cause close to their hearts — AMG International’s Bundle of Love program.

While in Uganda, the group will be working with more than 1,000 children and visiting four childcare centers where they will hand out gifts including shoes, clothes, bedding and food.

This is SCA’s third consecutive trip to Uganda. Last year, the students partnered with a local school, AMG’s Upendo Christian Academy, to develop a technology lab. Over the past two years, SCA has given $7,500 to support the cause.

The group plans to return to Albany on Dec. 8.

Students who went last year and are returning this year include Hannah King, Seth King, Michaela Satchell, Zan Lewis and Christina Charles.

Making the trip for the first time are Jordyn Paramore, Kylee Harrod, Katelyn Gilliam, Alaina Clem and Dylan Evans.

David McDowell, the women’s soccer coach from Truett McConnell College, Lindsey Sanders, Sherwood high school math teacher, and Jason Schultz, Sherwood’s head girls soccer coach and Bible teacher, will be leading the trip.

Dr. Michael Satchell also will be joining the group this year to assist a medical clinic outside Kampala.

Meantime, another SCA group left Sunday on a mission trip to the Netherlands. The group will be traveling to Maastricht, Netherlands; Aachen, Germany, and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The group will connect with a former SCA teacher, Timothy Birney, to serve with him in a variety of ways.They also will work with the International Mission Board.

The students plan to go on prayer walks throughout the communities and host a Thanksgiving feast to share American culture with Dutch nationals.

Students attending the trip include Victoria Davidson, Taylor Glow, Carson Gregors, Mallory McClearn, Hannah Thompson, Ben Hills and Christina Eubanks.

Also attending will be SCA alumni Aaron Anthony and Tracy Davidson as chaperones.