Geneva College Spring Break Mission Trips

First day in Aliquippa.

March 10, 2009
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Even as I write, Team Aliquippa is loading up and heading for Uncommon Grounds Cafe! I am SO thrilled that for the second year the Geneva mission to Aliquippa is becoming a reality!

Today holds orientation, stories of Aliquippa’s past and present, and of holy imagining of the kingdom of heaven on Franklin Ave.; a most meaning prayer walk, to stand in the places where we long to see the Spirit move, and seek Him there. The cafe is open till 4. At 5:30, the team goes to Vespers at the Community of Celebration; last year the communal meal following was a delicious Lenten Lamb stew, enjoyed in silence—except for outbursts of laughter as we were read to from a book the community was sharing during Lent.

As you pray the Lord’s Prayer, and you get to “Thy kingdom come….on earth as it is in heaven,” pray that for Aliquippa! Let the Spirit deepen your longing for it! As John Stanley often invites people, start to imagine what it would look like!

Today in the mail, from the Episcopal Church Army, comes the amazing story of one 11-year-old who, after 3 tempestuous years of visiting the cafe and getting evicted for misbehavior, has learned his value and place there. The letter has a photo of him; you should see his face!!! The future of Aliquippa! He comes for banter over breakfast, and with THIRTY! of his friends for Family Movie Night!

The cafe longs to begin for him and others a young artists program. Three artist mentors are ready to go. But it needs $1200 to install the heat/AC in the new art room! Pray for this amount to flow out of the heaven’s coffers through the generous hearts of people.

This is just one story which David, Hannah, Rebekah, and Michael will come to be part of!

Thanks.
Esther


Coffee. Community. Quip-town.

March 10, 2009
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We are leaving for Aliquippa [Saturday] at 9 a.m. by car to work with John Stanley at the Uncommon Grounds Cafe. I’m not sure exactly what we are going to do but we’ll find out next week. Several of the students were there last year and have an idea of things that were not completed then so we may some ideas but we are open to whatever the Lord leads us to. The members of the team are David Ketter (student leader), Rebekah Drehman, Michael Neal and Hannah Keeler. I’m not sure if their names are spelled correctly. We’re all tired but excited about the trip. We will be looking for the “Breath of God”.