This was a wonderful experience that has had a great impact on me and my understanding of what Christian service is all about. The concept of stewardship as revealed in scripture was brought to life for…
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The labor involved is what really opens up the mind and heart so the true meaning of stewardship can be revealed.
The Arlington Chinese Church is a Christian organization that serves the spiritual needs of the Chinese community in Arlington and beyond. In addition to these spiritual needs, the Arlington Chinese Church works to provide cultural understanding, educational opportunity for Mandarin speakers and childcare services. The organization of the church centers on Pastor Leung and his wife Grace. Assisting them in their work is Brenda Bateman, Jason Tsai and Grace Lau. This core group of staff works together to meet the missions of the church.
Most members of the church are Mandarin Chinese immigrants that have converted to Christianity. They are adjusting to their place in American society as immigrants and adjusting to the teachings of a new religion. The Arlington Chinese Church is a missionary minded organization. They take the mandate given to disciples to go into the entire world to spread the Gospel very seriously. The have a number of outreach programs to the Chinese community in and around Arlington as well as missions they support in several countries. All of this results in an influx of new immigrants and Christians into the church on a regular basis. New converts need to have the gospel shared with them in a simple, straightforward manner. Their spiritual needs must be met with exceedingly great compassion because there is much for them to learn about their new country and their new religion.
After meeting with Reverend Leung and Brenda Bateman, the staff felt that I could best help meet the needs of the church in two areas. One area was working with the children in the daycare center. Another area was in the food service for some of our cultural meetings. Serving in these two areas helped me to more fully understand the true meaning of selfless service and
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I attend National University to obtain a Bachelors Degree of Science in Nursing. I desire to submerge into service learning, not for exclusive knowledge benefits in my field, but to accomplish an assignment with organizations that I may seek employment with upon graduating.
This fit in well within the content of this course because it fostered people-caring skills within me. I learned how to be a compassionate listener, to hear the needs of those I was serving and try to find a way to accommodate them, and to genuinely try to help the people I came into contact live a more peaceful and comfortable life.
In the process, the schools and other educational institutions use a technique that integrates the formal leaning in schools with community development services as to meet the needs of the community. While this method may appear complicated to some educationists, it works well for the teachers, students, and the community at large (National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, 2013).
The application of what is learned in class to community service tasks defines service learning at a personal level. Service learning is broad in scope due to the diversity of community aspects in which it is applied. While
ime volunteering at the Society, I helped in the organization and cleaning of religious events at the society, as well as making posters and ads for the society’s religious come-together that is to be held later this week on Friday. I was also involved in arranging their