Quest Trips: Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly
During last year’s Spring Break, several Geneva College students spent their time serving, listening and learning as they participated in Geneva College’s spring break service-learning Quest Trips to Aliquippa, New Orleans, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Lamppost Farm. The vision for these trips is to provide a space for students to explore and interact with the ideas of justice and mercy, community development, beauty and creativity, civic responsibility, and advocacy for others. They are designed for students to begin to connect the Christian worldview they learn in the classroom to faithful reflection, response and action.
Quest Trips are coordinated by Geneva’s Center for Faith and Practice with the hope that students will be able to experience something significant as they step out of their comfort zones and open up to what God might have in store for them as they serve alongside others.
Students report that they learn much on these trips. A student who spent time in New Orleans working alongside Trinity Christian Community in the Hollygrove neighborhood said, “We were deeply immersed in the community, talking with and serving alongside its people. While we were able to serve, the community served us tenfold. Interacting with the community taught me more than I could have imagined.”
“I learned the truth about Aliquippa and the truth about its history. I learned how to love more compassionately. I also learned that just listening to others can be an incredibly effective ministry,” said a student who spent time in Aliquippa.
We want students to realize that they have the capacity to use the gifts that they are given to make an impact in the world. We also want them to learn from those who have been serving for a long time in the places they go. Many students walk away with a deeper understanding of the complexities of what it means to be faithful in service. Ultimately, we hope that they begin to have a vision for how they might take what they learn on these trips and translate it into their life in Beaver Falls, and their life when they graduate.
The trips are a powerful way to help solidify some of the things that students are talking about in their classes at Geneva College. It pushes them to think critically about what it looks like to understand the Gospel and its implications in transforming society around us. Students begin to see what this looks like as they work alongside people who are seeking to bring about hope and change in places because of their call to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly.
This spring, there are five Quest opportunities for students. Applications, descriptions and costs for each of the trips are listed online at www.geneva.edu/quest. Teams will be returning to Aliquippa, Washington, D.C., New York City and New Orleans. A new trip this year includes Youngstown, Ohio.
Applications, which can be completed online, are due December 3, and scholarships are available.
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