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Virginia School Helps At-Risk Youth

WUSA 9 in Washington DC ran a feature on MMS this weekend. Miles Burdine presented at the MMS Leadership Forum this past October. He shared his MMS experience with his daughter, Nikki, who is a reporter for WUSA9. She was inspired by what her Dad told her. So, last week she made the 400 mile trek to see for herself. This is the story that ran this past weekend.

National Champs!

November 3, 2016 – The Virginia Mountaineer

MMS Varsity Soccer Team Captures Program’s First National Championship

14855940_1205032422890801_5694142193568850030_oMountain Mission School’s varsity soccer program brought home its first national championship banner last weekend after earning first place in division two of the National Association of Christian Athlete’s (NACA) tournament.

With the victory, MMS soccer ended the year with an impressive 20-1-2 record.

Twenty-six schools participated in the tournament and after MMS senior Samuel Pakili’s last-minute header to win the first game in pool play and a disappointing second-game tie, the Challengers prepared to take on the division two bracket. Facing Maryland’s Grace Academy in their first division game, the two teams were deadlocked at a 1-1 tie for 55 of the 60 minutes in regulation. Forward Caleb Dusingizimana punched in two crucial goals in the last five minutes to secure a 3-1 victory.

Read about the other matches that lead to victory in the full article here:  Mountaineer Article - National Champs.pdf

Leaders on a Mission

Mountain Mission School students learn from business community

Written by Scott Robertson – The Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA | March 2016

It’s one thing for a business leader to write a check to a worthy school. To volunteer to speak to students can be a greater commitment, considering how busy those in position to write checks are. To volunteer to speak to students at Mountain Mission School is yet another thing entirely.

Read full article….Leaders on a Mission, Business Journal March 2016


MMS – Celebrating a Graduation Milestone

Written by  Samantha Kozsey, WCYB

GraMMS-graduationduating high school is a milestone for anyone. Now imagine you’ve overcome challenges just to get to class. That’s the story behind each of the graduates at the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia. As News Five’s Samantha Kozsey shows us, these students are breaking barriers every step of the way. One by one, the 2015 graduates of the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va are taking a step toward a successful future.

Read the full story and watch the video at

The World is Watching

Written by Jennifer Johnson for Christian Standard

In recent months, six additional Nigerian girls who escaped Boko Haram fighters have become students at the Mountain Mission School. Joy, Patience and Lydia were the first three to arrive at the school.

Since 1921, Mountain Mission School has provided a high-quality education as well as a home for thousands of children in need. The school has always welcomed kids from countries around the world, but recently its ministry has extended to include survivors of the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, including several of the girls kidnapped by the terrorist organization last April.

From Capitol Hill to Chibok, Nigeria, to its beautiful campus in Grundy, Virginia, this small school is playing a large role in bringing hope and healing to a number of brave young women—and the world is watching.

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Mountain Mission School Basketball is a Slam Dunk

Written by Samantha Kozsey, WCYB

Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia has been called a mini United Nations. It brings in children from our region, across the United States and around the world. Most are escaping conditions that are unimaginable.

At the Untitled-1school, they have found not only a home, but a reason to succeed.

A few stretches and they’re off. This basketball team at the Mountain Mission School is hitting baskets and making a name for itself.  In fact, it was recognized for having one of the strongest schedules in the country, playing many nationally ranked teams including Oak Hill Academy.

Watch the video and read the full story at

Escape from Boko Haram – A Survivor’s Story

Written by Samantha Kozsey, WCYB

It haUntitled-3s been almost a year since Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 girls from their school in Nigeria. Most of those girls are still missing. A few managed to escape and have landed here in the United States at the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va.

News 5 WCYB’s Samantha Kozsey sat down with one of the survivors  who wanted to share her experience with the world.

Watch the video and read the full story at


DanielSometimes Mountain Mission provides children from intact families opportunities that would otherwise be unattainable. Daniel was from an impoverished family in Portugal that had little hope of offering their son an education or a future. For Daniel, a basketball camp proved to be the bridge between Portugal and Virginia.

“I went to an NBA camp, and I think I got the attention of the president and vice-president of the camp. They said Mountain Mission School in America would be the best school for me.”

Here at MMS, Daniel’s skills advanced so much that he is the first MMS student ever to sign a national letter of intent for a Division I school. He’ll be attending Valparaiso University in Indiana this fall on a basketball scholarship, and this summer will be returning to Portugal to compete on the national team in the Portuguese Basketball Federation.

Mountain Mission has provided Daniel the educational opportunities that were beyond the reach of his family in Portugal, enabling him to discover his strengths in technical studies, and giving him new direction. “I want to play professional basketball, but if I don’t, I’d like to go into Mechanical Engineering.”

Asked what he has liked best about MMS, Daniel has a quick reply. “The studies, everything. All the teachers help you. If you need something, they come to you individually and explain it to you. I never had anything like that in Portugal.”


MulkiSeventy years after Jimmy’s arrival (see story below), Mountain Mission still offers a home to children in tragic circumstances. Just a few months ago, little two-year-old Mulki came to our door in a situation not unlike Jimmy’s. Her mother had died during childbirth, and her father was having difficulty raising Mulki and her brother. The father, a refugee from Africa, had a job, but it was far from his home, and childcare was a constant struggle.

Without a family he could turn to for help—and after exhausting the assistance from local agencies—the father extended a heartfelt plea to Mountain Mission: “I am in a troubled situation. I request that Mountain Mission School see my situation, my problem, to understand and help me and the children. I want them to grow up at the school. I need emergency help.”

Mountain Mission was able to answer his cry, and today, Mulki and her brother have the safe, stable environment her father so desperately desired for his children.