Geneva College Spring Break Mission Trips

Costa Rica-bound.

March 9, 2009
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The team!
The team!

Some of the things we will be doing in Costa Rica include: VBS lessons, Sunday School lessons, working at a banana plantation, visiting church members in the community, a sports activity with the youth and generally whatever needs done within the church. We are going to be working alongside a pastor and his family and serving those that are a part of their church.


Serving in South Bronx.

March 9, 2009
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Eating near Pier 17

Eating near Pier 17

Choosing where to shop or what to eat for dinner doesn’t always seem like an important decision; certainly not one that could affect people in our communities or on the other side of the world. But the choices we make, no matter how insignificant they may seem, have an impact on the people around us. God calls us to honor Him and love other people through everything we do, and our mission on this trip is to find out a little more about what that means.

Our team will be spending a week serving at the South Bronx Food Cooperative in New York City. The mission of the co-op is to provide affordable and nutritious food to all the residents of the South Bronx (and NYC) while empowering the local community by encouraging good health, providing relevant job skills, and fostering environmentally responsible activities through democratic cooperation.

Sam plans and plans
Sam plans and plans

The co-op opened its storefront in the South Bronx in January, so we’ll be helping with a lot of construction, building and organization while we’re there. We’ll also be helping them with community programs and day-to-day operation. But more than anything, we’ll be asking lots of questions about food and its impact on people, culture and the world.


An intro to the Quest program

March 6, 2009
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The mission of the Quest Program at Geneva College is two-fold. We send students out to serve those in need as well as to deepen their understanding of the world and how we, as Christians, connect what we believe with how we live in the world.

Throughout the Scriptures, Christ calls us to love our neighbors and care for those in need. There are many ways that Geneva College students participating in the Quest Program are enabled to serve. In the past, we have had students rebuild homes, serve in soup kitchens and homeless shelters, work on a community farm, assist teachers in a low-income school, facilitate youth programs, and visit those who were ill or institutionalized.

Secondly, it is our hope that students will return to campus with a new understanding of how we are called to live lives of service. While a week of labor is good, our hope is that these trips will open our eyes to the brokenness of our world and transform our lives in the process. This is a time when students should be asking hard questions and seeking answers that make sense and bring meaning to their experience.

True service must come from a sense of compassion and love for others, and love abounds more and more from knowledge and depth of insight. Therefore, the more we understand about the places and people we visit, the better servants we become, not just for the week of spring break, but for our entire lives.


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Dearborn, Michigan — five words

March 6, 2009
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Students going to Dearborn, Michigan will work and serve in the city know as “the most densely populated Arab Muslim region in North America.” Muslim immigrants from all over the world, but predominantly from Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, live and raise their families here.

While in Dearborn, students will help teach conversational, computer and sewing skills to members of the community. While most service opportunities will take place in a Christian community outreach center called Angel House, there will be many other chances to strike up conversations in the numerous cafes and bakeries where the Muslim college students spend their evenings.

Students will spend about 50% of their time serving and 50% learning about the Islamic faith and culture from missionaries living in Dearborn. The purpose of this trip is to serve, learn and share the love of Jesus. The students going to Dearborn have selected five words (well… six if you count a hyphenated word as two words) to guide them and use as their missions statement on the trip: love, transparency, growth, communication and spirit-led. Each word corresponds to a finger on a hand, which then signifies service to others and reaching out to them with the love of Christ.


D.C., here we come….

March 6, 2009
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Washington DC here we come. We, as a dc group, our a bunch of fallen, passionate people going to the nation’s capitol in an exploration of how we as Christians can join in the social justice movement. Throughout the trip, we will be visiting a wide-spectrum of organizations (ONE Campaign, Sojourners, State Dept. for Sex Trafficking, Churches for Middle East Peace, Bread for the World) in hopes of gaining a better understanding of various issues. We as a group have developed three themes to guide our trip:
On the trip, we want to be…

Learners: While in DC, we want to soak in as much knowledge as we can. We are passionate about feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, and giving a voice to the voiceless. But without knowledge, understanding, and wisdom – we believe this passionate is limited. It is our hope that through this trip, we can add depth to our passion.

Lovers: We are going to be meeting many people throughout our journey- people who work countless hours fighting to conquer the injustice in our world and people suffering because of the injustice in our world. It is our hope that in some way, big or small, we can show the grace, beauty, mercy, and love of Jesus our Lord to everyone we may encounter while serving and learning in DC.
Lifers: To us, this trip is much more than us going on a week long getaway. This educational excursion is about us, figuring out together , how to live our entire lives in a justice-seeking, Christ-centered way. Hopefully, we not only come back as more “rich” people, but we start living as “richer” people. We desire to be lifers, not spring breakers.


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