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Spring Valley Academy Students Embark on Mission Trip to Arizona

Story by Vicki Swetnam

For this year’s mission trip, 18 Spring Valley Academy (SVA) students and 10 adults traveled from their Centerville, Ohio, campus to the Holbrook Indian School in Arizona. Under the leadership of Chaplain Ken Knudsen, the team that worked on several campus improvements that included the installation of drywall in the Education Building, painting the exterior of a faculty home and fixing the roof of another.

“The one thing I appreciated most on the mission trip was the fellowship,” said Ian Hwang (’11). “We got to know each other so well that we trusted each other like a family.” Michelle Nieb (’12) said, “The mission trip to Holbrook was the first I have participated in and I loved it! It was really amazing to see how God was orchestrating everything for us to work and witness.” Fellow classmate, Mona Nasr agreed, “The mission trip was amazing! God was with us the whole time, I felt His presence as I was working or walking through the Grand Canyon…I got more spiritually involved than planned but I can honestly say it was the best week of my life!”