Magical Mr. Mistoffelees

Trip Start Jul 24, 2010
Trip End Jul 29, 2010

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Well I never, was there ever? A cat so clever as magical Mr. Mistoffelees!

Worship! City Museum! Spaghetti Factory! The Arch! Cats!

What an amazing, God-filled day we had. One of fellowship and joy, happiness and friendships! A day where many of us got to know each other extremely well and new friendships were made and old friendships were strengthened! Today was a day of worship and fun, tomorrow will be a day of working (and I'm sure there'll be some fun in there!) as we begin to develop relationships in our working environment. 
    Today we went to church at St. John's in Ellisville and worshiped at what's called the warehouse. It was definitely a contemporary service, but it was wonderful to see so many young families with children fill the sanctuary. Afterwards we headed back to The Rock, ate lunch, and then headed over to the St. Louis City Museum. The City Museum is not a "museum" in most senses, but rather, it is a huge playground that is in an old shoe factory that has been renovated. We spent about 3 hours in there today as we split into groups of "climbers" and "semi-climbers". The climbers went through many of the playground-type things, including the 10-story slide:)-while the semi-climbers did a lot of the things that didn't involve tight spaces and tall heights (have a look at pictures for a better understanding). Afterwards we headed over to The Spaghetti Factory for dinner.
    It was a delicious dinner full of lots of laughs and smiles. After dinner we had plenty of time until Cats began and we had all just gotten ice cream so we decided to save Ted Drewes (a frozen custard place) for another day and walked down to the arch and hung out for a little while, but didn't go inside. Afterward, we went over to the park and saw Cats, an absolutely amazing production that made the end of the day absolutely amazing! We then headed back to The Rock and tomorrow morning we'll begin the real work.
     A lot of what we did today is best described through pictures so I encourage you to look through the pictures. However, one thing that we do a lot of that can’t be described through pictures are our discussions. Through the time we’ve been here we’re had some pretty in depth discussions, most of them trying to teach how to better reach out to people, how to grow God’s kingdom. One of the things that has struck a chord with many is the idea of "meeting people where they’re at" because if we don’t do this, first of all, we have no idea what we’re dealing with—a person could be a pastor, someone who was turned off by the church, or never heard the name of Jesus. Second of all, it shows we care, what we don’t want is to be too pushy or rude. We want to avoid the “in your face” or “do this or you’re going to hell” paths some people will try to take. We want to be there to care for them, to love them, to pray with them, and when God tells us the time is right, to make those colossal steps that will ultimately come towards a relationship with Jesus Christ. As a group, we’ve come to the conclusion that one way to grow the kingdom, one way that is positive, is to love people, care about them, and meet them—not where we want them to be so we can be comfortable, but where they’re at whether that’s what we want “deal with” or not. By saying “deal with”, sometimes getting to know people will mean stepping out of your comfort zone, while this is the case most, if not every time, it is worth the “discomfort”, and when done in copious amounts, it will most likely no longer not become something that is “out of our zone.” It is imperative that we love them where they are, where they’re at, and simply show them Christ through our actions and words.
            So I say to you goodnight and thank you again for all your prayers and support. This week has been-and will continue to be-such a blessing to us.

Rachel Rockey
Elizabeth Rockey
Jessica Rockey
Lois Schafer
Barbara Montoya
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Jody Smith on

You all look like you are enjoying what the Lord is providing. Praying for many new adventures and blessing . That you will feel his pressence, power, plan. Enjoy. In Him Jody.

Steve Rockey on

Wow! What a full day. Amazing you even had time to breathe.

Lori Rockey on

What a wonderful exciting day!!! God has surely blessed you guys with many opportunities. Can't wait for you to show us the hand game!!! Love you guys!!

bill donaldson on

Hello team
You all look like you are having a great time. I hope and pray the enjoyment and God's service continue for the duration of the trip. Jessica I agree with your Dad you seem to constantly have that big smile! I love it. A smile is contagious so keep smiling. God's Blessings Bill and Chris D.

Bill Deysher on

You guys are certainly revved up to do the Lord's bidding and to have fun doing it .May many blessings come your way and many new souls hear the Word.

transformers on

Thank you everyone! This week certainly is a blessing and we are all having a fabulous time. In fact, we agreed that today, even though we worked all day, was just as much fun as yesterday where we played all day. Thank you again!!

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