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Mullein Hill Works on Saying ‘Yes’

February 5th, 2013

LAKEVILLE—Just weeks ago, Mullein Hill Christian Academy Principal Barbara Priestly returned from the Dominican Republic with a new focus: getting more people to say “yes.”

“It all starts with the ‘yes’,” she explained. “For years I offered to help plan, pray, financially support, do whatever was necessary, except go on a mission trip.”

It was after helping with a missions conference at her church that she was convicted it was time to get out of her comfort zone. Within weeks an opportunity from Life Touch Photography arrived.

“I couldn’t believe it, as soon as I knew I had to be willing to go, my Life Touch representative came by with the news they were holding a lottery to send a team of administrators to the Dominican Republic to build a school through the World Servants organization,” the school principal said. “Children, education, how could I say I wouldn’t at least submit my name and trust God for the rest?”

It was weeks later that an email came through congratulating Ms. Priestly for being selected.

There was no time to reconsider, only enough time for preparing to be gone for eight days and gathering the essentials for the trip.

“People at school and at church were very generous,” she said. “All I needed was work clothes and work boots, the rest of the luggage was school supplies, small toys, and clothing for the children of the Dominican Republic. It was a great privilege to visit such a beautiful country and serve this community.”

In just eight days the ground floor of what will become a two-story facility was built.

The existing local school holds two sessions, almost 1,200 students in 10 rooms daily.

This new school will relieve some of the student crowding and provide a facility that can be used by the families of Costanza for education and after school activities.

“My hope now is that my students won’t wait until they are old like me to do something!” Ms. Priestly said. “If they will say ‘yes’ now they will have a wonderful opportunity to see what God can do through them. Our mantra was ‘Build a school, change lives’ and this trip truly was life changing. I thought we would be changing lives in the Dominican Republic, but the real change has been in me and in my team, and I am forever grateful for that.” Ms. Priestly is now working with her church, Rock Village Church of Middleboro, planning a summer trip to Haiti to build homes.

Anyone interested in learning more about the upcoming trip can contact her at principal@mhca.net, or call her at the academy at 508-946-4566, ext. 14.

February 16, 2012 3:08 PM
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LAKEVILLE — For Barbara Priestly, principal of the Mullein Hill Christian Academy, “It all starts with ‘Yes’”.

Priestly recently returned from the Dominican Republic with what she described as a new focus.

“For years I offered to help plan, pray, financially support, do whatever was necessary, except go on a mission trip,” she said in a news release. It was after helping with a missions conference at her church that she was convinced it was time to get out of her comfort zone. Within weeks an opportunity from Life Touch Photography arrived.

“I couldn’t believe it, as soon as I knew I had to be willing to go, my Life Touch representative came by with the news they were holding a lottery to send a team of administrators to the Dominican Republic to build a school through the World Servants organization,” said Priestly.

“Children, education, how could I say I wouldn’t at least submit my name and trust God for the rest?”

Weeks later came an email congratulating her for being selected and she quickly gathered what she needed for the eight day stay.

“People at school and at church were very generous. All I needed was work clothes and work boots, the rest of the luggage was school supplies, small toys, and clothing for the children of the Dominican Republic,” Priestly said. “It was a great privilege to visit such a beautiful country and serve this community.”

In just eight days the ground floor of what will become a two-story facility was built. The existing local school holds two sessions with almost 1,200 students in 10 rooms daily. The new school will relieve some of the overcrowding and provide a facility that can be used by the families of Costanza for education and after school activities.

“My hope now is that my students won’t wait until they are old like me to do something,” Priestly said. “If they will say ‘yes’ now, they will have a wonderful opportunity to see what God can do through them.

“Our mantra was ‘Build a school, change lives’ and this trip truly was life changing. I thought we would be changing lives in the Dominican Republic, but the real change has been in me and in my team, and I am forever grateful for that.”

Priestly said she is now working with her church, Rock Village Church of Middleboro, planning a summer trip to Haiti to build homes. Anyone interested in learning more about the upcoming trip can contact here at principal@mhca.net, or by calling (508)-946-4566 x14.

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