Quest Trips: Opportunities to Love Mercy, Act Justly and Walk Humbly
With the Christmas season in full swing, it may seem that Spring Break is far away. So why talk about Quest Trips now? Well, the application deadline for students desiring to is this Saturday, December 1, with a $50 deposit due by January 19.
Spring Break looks different at Geneva College. Every year, the Center for Faith and Practice (CFP) offers students a chance to learn, travel and, most importantly, experience something new through Quest Trips. These short-term mission trips provide opportunities for students to explore the ideas of justice, community development, beauty and creativity, civic responsibility, and advocacy for others.
They are designed to connect a Christian worldview to faithful reflection, response and action. Each trip is built around partnerships with organizations in different locations with a focus on education, leadership development, service and collaboration.
A staff advisor attends each trip, arranges the details and helps students make connections to the places they are serving. They also guide the participants in processing their experience by reflecting together and thinking through complex issues as a team. The small teams grow together in significant ways. One student who attended the 2010 trip to New Orleans observed that "when one group can come together for a common purpose and put differences aside, it's amazing what we can learn, not only from the environment that we are in, but also from the people we are with. God really does have such a hand in putting together great groups."
These trips are a powerful way to help solidify some of the things that students are talking about in their classes. The experience 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 love mercy, act justly and walk humbly.
This year, five different Quest Trips are being offered (costs include transportation, food and housing):
Aliquippa: Serve. Listen. Love.
Students will serve alongside Uncommon Grounds owner John Stanley as he works to restore the community. They will hear stories from local residents, become a family with their team and help build up the town physically and spiritually.
New Orleans: Rebuild. Immerse. Partner.
Students will help Trinity Christian Community rebuild houses and tutor kids. They will meet and work with the people and immerse themselves in the culture of the city.
Washington D.C.: Seek. Learn. Discover.
Students will visit several organizations such as International Justice Mission, World Vision, and the Trafficking in Persons office, while learning more about seeking biblical justice. The will travel by metro, see famous landmarks, and be a part of something bigger than themselves.
New York City: Restore. Imagine. Engage.
Students will meet with organizations such as Restore NYC and The Love Alliance that will help them look at social justice issues with a biblical perspective. They will also spend a day seeing the sites and doing different activities around the Big Apple.
Lamppost Farms: Grow. Dwell. Encourage.
Lamppost Farm exists to provide meaningful learning opportunities by engaging in purposeful and productive work, contagious relationships and the celebration of "good ordinary food." While on the trip, students will get to spend time with the Montgomery family and learn more about powerful implications of life on the farm.
Once the teams are assembled, the students will meet to ensure that they are equipped for the experience ahead. Teams will participate in group and individual fundraising for the trip, and scholarships are available for students upon completion of a short essay.
We′re excited to listen to the stories that unfold and see what God can do through these adventures this spring break!
-Samantha Bender, Graduate Assistant, Center for Faith and Practice
For more information and to apply online: http://www.geneva.edu/object/quest_trips_2012