Our culture tells us to avoid pain – it encourages a pursuit of pleasure or feeling good. And there is nothing wrong with feeling “good.” But one thing that has been lost in this pursuit is the beauty and goodness of feelings that don’t feel so good. When you experience a feeling, you have a choice, you can go to one of two extremes with that feeling. One is healthy and always invites community and growth. One is unhealthy and usually ends in isolation and despair.
Lets take hurt for instance; when I’ve been hurt, I can choose to either move toward resentment and bitterness or toward courage. Resentment pushes me away from relationship (at least with the one who hurt me) and leaves me to wrestle with this painful feeling alone. On the other hand, I could choose to move toward courage to be honest (with the one who hurt me) and potentially lead to restoration of the relationship. This honesty doesn’t cover up the hurt but chooses to express this emotion and create a space to find reconciliation.
From just this one instance, I can use hurt to grow my courage and potentially build a healthier, stronger relationship. This is thriving. Using the experiences life hands you to propel you forward physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And the beauty of thriving is that when you are thriving in community, you are naturally helping foster a thriving atmosphere for others around you. When you thrive, we thrive.
I have exciting news! Last week I found out that I will be traveling to Kenya for two weeks during Christmas break! I am excited to use what I learn about Africa at the Mocha Club during the trip. I’ve never been to Africa and I know God will use me to serve the people there. Please be praying for safety in Africa, that funds will be raised for all of the team members, and that the trip will be used to show God’s love to all of the people there.
Our Mocha Club merchandise closet is close to empty after our sale – thanks for all who purchased! Head over to the store now to see what’s left before we release the new stuff!I got to look at all of the new designs and I can’t wait for all of you to see them.
Friday was one of the Mocha Club staff member’s, Katie Rose’s, birthday, so we celebrated at the office with donuts of course! Yum! Why is it so hard to eat just one?
As you may remember last spring, the Mochaterns hosted a Mocha Club event on Belmont’s Campus.Annabelle and I are also working on planning our Mocha Club events at Lipscomb and Belmont, so be on the lookout for news about those.
HIV/AIDS, disease, and war have taken the lives of countless parents in Africa, and that has left orphans for us to care for. Through our partnership with our national director in Ghana, we provide for approximately 200 orphaned children in Sunyani, including shelter, warm meals, school uniforms, educational books, medication (general and HIV/AIDS), and more. These children, the “Grace Orphans,” have mostly been orphaned by HIV/AIDS and come from villages and urban centers where access to basic health and educational resources are few and far between. Even those with living family members have been forced to endure physical, sexual or emotional abuse and end up on the streets.
[Read more from our updates in this project area…]
See what happened on Char & Skiff’s last 10 days in Africa…living in rural Zimbabwe and Ghana, eating local food, and hanging with folks at several Mocha Club projects – the Zimbabwe orphans in Bulawayo, the Grace Orphans and the Grace AIDS project in Sunyani, Ghana…
The Mocha Club Experience: Starting November 1, 2009, Seattle Pacific University recent graduates Daniel “Skiff” Skiffington and Charlie “Char” Beck visit all of Mocha Club’s current projects in 7 countries and take Mocha Club supporters and friends on a three-month virtual adventure to experience real life in Africa. Stay tuned for regular updates!