The Spiritual Life Department exists to aid students in their formation as people. Our work is both practical and spiritual. We encourage students to enter into a relationship with God and to pursue His vision for their lives. We also train them in life skills necessary to be leaders in the emerging generation. It is our desire that each and every student reaches their God given potential.
Students meet for chapel time once a week. Chapel time is an opportunity for students to hear about topics relevant to their lives. It's also a time for them to be encouraged in God's love and plan for them. We firmly believe that through the chapel time students learn more about God, themselves, and the world around them. Our hope is that each student is encouraged to live for a purpose greater than themselves.
SEW stands for Spiritual Emphasis Week. During this time classes are out of session for 3 days and focus is placed on the spiritual aspect of students' lives. SEW is all about relationships. Students building relationships with each other, with teaches, and with God. At GSIS our goal is to "educate the whole child"; SEW is a vital part of that process.
Our annual retreats are some of the most anticipated events for our students! High School students are taken off campus for the weekend while Middle school students have their retreat on campus. This is an opportunity for teachers to connect with students on a deep level. The weekend retreat helps students gain perspective for their lives and time at GSIS.
Vision and Purpose:
Each year God continues to move in ways far beyond our expectations at GSIS as we travel to serve other countries. We are confident that God has led you to be a part of this program for His glory,and for the benefit of others. Please take a moment to read through our vision statement:
“It is at the core of our school identity to train and equip students to be a blessing to those who are in need. One way this is possible is through the VASE Program. It is our desire that GSIS builds fruitful and lasting relationships with workers in other nations to support the work God has given them to do.”
Currently our VASE trips travel throughout various locations in South East Asia. For details on exact locations please contact the Student Ministry Office.
What does VASE mean?
Vision: Gain a better vision of God’s world and ways we can serve in it.
Action: Raise awareness, involvement, and support target areas.
Service: Intentionally provide useful services that leave a lasting impact.
Evangelism: Share God's story and his love in all we do.
The inspiration behind VASE:
Mark 14: 3-9
While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
An incredible experience:
VASE trip participants can expect to:
1. Grow personally and discover God’s heart for the nations.
2. Support local missionaries and organizations who are already at work.
3. Develop strong relationships within the school community and with oversees nationals.
4. Experience a Shift in their thinking about the world and an adjustment of their priorities.