Geneva College Spring Break Mission Trips

Thursday at the Café.

March 25, 2009
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March 12, 2009

Hello, GAMPC:

Thursday evenings at the Café are always Open Mic Night. I haven’t mentioned Justin, who volunteers at the Café, whom John has been training for leadership there. Justin, I hear from our team, is planning to become a missionary with the Church Army, and so will be starting to raise support for that. Justin oversees Open Mic Night. The Café is open late, and you can get dinner there for $4 and enjoy the show. There’s lots of games on the shelves at the Café, so some people play chess or checkers while they listen.

Yesterday Rebekah and Hannah sanded that old bench, working outside in the courtyard. I heard also about cleaning out under a refrigerator, and doing some baking (presumably not simultaneously!) David and Kerry and John attacked a nasty light bulb replacement job, not without some risk and hilarity! Michael got plenty of practice making lattes. The day of service ended with the team going on a prayer walk, as we did last year: walking to spots up and down the street and praying for God’s purposes to go forward in those places.

Today there is talk about going up on the roof to locate and patch leaks. Kerry says that’s David’s job! Not sure what other projects will be tackled. I imagine that getting dinner ready will be one of them.

The team said that a few people from Deliverance Temple have stopped by the Café, recognized them and greeted them warmly. Last night we enjoyed a drop-in visit from Tony Domanik, from last year’s team. Tony quizzed everybody about what is going on this year at the Café. Today Kerry’s family plans to drop by! The McMahons have been participating with us in prayer. I feel that people getting connected with the Café in Aliquippa is a solid and exciting answer to our prayers.

Pray today for significant projects to be identified and forwarded, and for deep blessing all round. Pray for many patrons at the Café, for them to sense safety and hope, value and redemption. Pray for there to be responsible choices made about behavior, community, hope, work and Christ.

Thanks.
Esther

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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