Words by HUGer Abby C.
Greek coffee was an incredible and educating experience. Ms. Vicky thoroughly demonstrated how to make Greek coffee in a way that was fascinating to all of us listening. Still being early on in the trip, this experience came at a wonderful time to ponder on what the semester will hold. This experience changed my view from what can I get out of this trip to what we as a group can do to get the most out of this trip.
Ms. Vicky really pointed out how in order for the coffee to taste delicious the ingredients, sugar and coffee, had to come together above the flame and become one. Although she compared this to also being the secret to a good marriage, I thought about the similarities between the sugar and coffee and our group of people on this trip. Coming into this trip I was excited about the new friends I would soon make, but as I arrived an old fear of making new friendships came into my mind. Most people in this group had at least one friend coming onto this trip, but many friend groups remain at school and learning to mesh with a new group of people is difficult yet rewarding.
In order for this group to be everything that it can be, we have to be united, similar to the sugar and coffee in the process of making Greek coffee. We have to come together, as one unit, in order for us to thrive. Like sugar and coffee which by themselves are just pretty good, we are all the same, just pretty good on our own. But when we decide to bring all of our “pretty good’s” together for a purpose bigger than ourselves, the outcome in unimaginable. Luckily, this is not only up to us. While we have to use the opportunities given to us we also have a flame, The Lord, not only beneath us, but all around us who wants us to be united. He desires for his children to be one with each other in order for us to be one with Him. I love the works of The Lord, but one of my favorite things He chooses to do is His way of bringing people with different backgrounds, different viewpoints, and different mindsets to each other for encouragement, relationship, and most importantly for His glory. My experience with Greek coffee, reminded me of just that.