Coffee, music and good times flowed Saturday evening at the Journey to Rwanda coffee event at Newport Coffee in Bannockburn. This first official event of the team visit to St. Michael’s was met with enthusiastic support from those who came from Redeemer, their friends and community people who dropped in. The coffee was roasted just several days in advance and donated by Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee company in Atlanta.

“This is important work with Rwanda that Church of the Redeemer is involved in,” observed Land of Thousand Hills’ Robert Crowe. “We want to have a share in the ministry and journey, so that’s why we have donated the coffee for the night. We’re hoping others will contribute as they can.”

Gifted musicians from Redeemer provided the backdrop as participants learned more about the upcoming trip and sent their greetings to St. Michael’s and Sonrise School, either by pen or video.

“We’re doing all we can to help our congregation feel they are part of this visit, through communication and events,” reflected Redeemer’s Pastor, the Rev. Jay Greener. “It was just a great evening as excitement and anticipation for this visit builds. Those who attended left feeling a part of the team, which they are.”

If the music was a little “hot”, the weather was perfect for café al fresco on the veranda for conversation and friendship. About $800 was contributed toward the trip’s total, now within sight of being met. Thanks for all the work that went into the evening, and for those who joined us.