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Jacques

jacques

2014 Graduate
MEI Secondary School

“MEI instilled in me a want to serve the world. And better yet, MEI gave me an awareness of the materialistic lives that we live here in North America; MEI has shown me just how privileged we are here in North America.”

I have been going to MEI all my life minus the 4 years I was in Africa, and ever since kindergarten, I have been hearing the amazing stories of the big kids going all of the world. I always knew that serving with MEI was something that I really wanted to do.

Nevertheless, I never realized that it would change my life forever – changed for the better. It really made my faith in the Lord concrete. I had lived in Africa for 4 years, but this was the first time that I got to really see the needy Africa. I got to meet so many special people, and through them I think they taught me more than I taught them! When leaving a house with multiple cars, cable, high speed internet, a pantry that always has food in it, to go to a place where we got to serve kids their only meal of the day – a meal that they could not afford to buy – to a place where children often have no parents. It really was a culture shock to me. I didn’t expect such a change in lifestyle. I knew there would be a difference in the way we lived and the way they lived, but not to this degree. I was privileged to go to Kabwe, Zambia with our leaders Mr. Zukowski (Zuk) and Sarah Thiessen, along with 7 girls and 1 guy from my grade. We didn’t do the typical missionary things there. Since there was such a lack of an older generation due to AIDS, we were there to let the kids just be kids. We just played with the kids, shared the gospel, and did arts and crafts with them. We played soccer with them, but probably the most impactful of them all was learning their names. It was so special to them that someone from the other side of the world came to just be with them, and to be able to call them by their name. It was really a moving experience.

MEI instilled in me a want to serve the world. And better yet, MEI gave me an awareness of the materialistic lives that we live here in North America; MEI has shown me just how privileged we are here in North America. MEI showed me how we really need to use our blessings to bless others who live in the same world that we live in. And lastly, MEI taught me how to love those who I never thought was possible, and that is something that I will always be grateful for. Thank you MEI Schools.