Send Alison and Nicole to St. Louis!

St. Louis Recap #1: Thursday, March 11 – Friday, March 12

March 28, 2010
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Hello there people,

This is Alison. Nicole and I are back from St. Louis! We’ve actually been back for a week now. I arrived to a large pile of homework and upcoming tests and presentations, so I haven’t been able to write since then.

Fundraising Update:
Nicole raised some money and paid for the rest out of her savings. I’m sure she’d still appreciate donations, if you’re so inclined.
I have managed to raise $115, which is amazing. Thanks so much to everyone who donated to me. I still have to raise about $585 more, though. So if you, or anyone else you know, is so inclined, I would be very, very appreciative of any money you can send my way.

Onwards to the recap:
Thursday, March 11
Technically, this day wasn’t part of our trip. Still, I consider it as such. Especially since I woke up that morning, excited and unable to go back to sleep – we were heading to Phoenix that day. The very first leg of our journey.

We piled into cars just after our InterVarsity large group meeting. (I was the last to arrive. Ever since I moved into a dorm 30 seconds from the union, I tend to assume that I’m 30 seconds from everything. Not true.) Nicole spent the night at her house. Rachel, Ashley, and Micoleen stayed at Château Rollefstad. Lisa, Sadie, Chris and I stayed at the Huston place. It was a fairly uneventful journey to Phoenix. We all stumbled into bed, hoping to get the three hours of sleep before getting up and going to the airport.

Friday, March 12
We were a bit late checking in. Please note how Southwest likes to shame its passengers into being on time:

(Thanks to my lovely roommate Shawn for lending me her lovely suitcase, by the way.)

We waited in line excitedly:

(Note the excitement.)

But because of our lateness, we had to run through the airport and we heard our names on the loudspeaker and it was totally awesome – like the Amazing Race or something else that is cool.

After a pleasant and uneventful flight, we landed in good old St. Louie.
We dropped off our luggage with someone from City Lights whose name I unfortunately don’t remember. We then took the metro from the airport to downtown. Which leads me to my first (and only) picture of the arch:

See? Proof I went there!

So we walked around and ate lunch and eventually went to the City Museum. It’s technically called a museum because it’s unsafe to call it a playground. Basically, they make this giant art exhibit out of pieces of junk from St. Louis and let you play on it. I didn’t get a picture of the outside, so here’s one I took off of the Internet:

And the inside (also from google search):

It was really fun. I discovered that play tunnels are more painful and claustrophobic at 20 years old than at 8. It was great getting to know my team better. I knew Nicole and Rachel, and sort of Micoleen before leaving on the trip, but none of the others. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

And then we went to the CityLights building place (I’m not really sure what to call it) which used to be a school for the deaf, which looks like this:

(Not a google search – that’s real camera phone, baby.)

We then attempted to watch a movie (Amelia, starring Hillary Swank and Richard Gere, among others) but fell asleep before it was over.

The next day, the other teams began to arrive. I will talk more on this later – probably tomorrow.

Goodnight, friends.


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And we’re off!

March 11, 2010
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Hey folks,

This is Alison. Tonight the our group will pile into two cars and drive to Phoenix, where will get a couple hours of sleep. Then we will head to the airport early tomorrow morning and take to the air, to land in the Show Me State several hours later.

Now, I promised that we would keep you updated throughout our journey. One problem: Neither Nicole nor I are bringing our computers to St. Louis. We’ll both have iPod touches, but it’s a little difficult to update a blog via touchPod. It can be done, but it results in horrible grammar and such. So here is my plan: I will keep a journal during the week, and then transform it into blog entries when I get back. Simple! Brilliant! I haven’t spoken to Nicole about this, but I’m sure she’d be on board. I’ll bring it up tonight.

I’ll also probably update my twitter account via text message while I’m there. I don’t use it frequently usually, but as I won’t have a computer and I simply must force people to look at my thoughts on a regular basis, I feel as though I’ll probably be better about updating. You can follow me @alisonhumphreys. It won’t be very interesting, probably. Mostly things like “We’re on an airplane!!” or similar.

One final thing: In case you were interested, the following people make up our team:
Chris Huston and Rachel Rollefstad (co-leaders)
Micoleen Yazzie
Nicole Beliveau
Alison Humphreys
Ashley Coulter
Lisa Kuge
Sadie Kleiman

That’s about it for now. I love you all, even those I don’t know.


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Travel Info.

March 7, 2010
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Hey all, Nicole here! I just thought I would let you guys know when we will be traveling so you have some specifics for your prayers.

We are departing Phoenix at 7:00 AM on Friday, March 12th and arriving in St. Louis at 11:00 AM.  For our return trip we will be leaving St. Louis at 2:05 PM on Friday, March 19th and arriving in Phoenix at 3:35 PM.  Also, to get to Phoenix we will be leaving Flagstaff Thursday night after our large group meeting and staying at peoples’ houses for the night.  A safe trip down to Phoenix is just as important as a safe flight to St. Louis.

Thank you all for your prayers.  We really do appreciate your support.


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We Need Your Support

February 26, 2010
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Our dear friends, family, random people who stumble upon our humble blog:

During spring break, we (Alison and Nicole) are going to St. Louis to participate in CityLights. CityLights is a ministry that provides training in urban leadership, and biblical discipleship to college students. For a week, we will live in the community and serve the needs of our neighbors.

Unfortunately, this opportunity is not free. The program itself cost us $215, and with airfare and food/spending money we will need to spend about $650 per person.

That’s where you come in. We’d greatly appreciate it if any of you could support financially or through prayer.

If you are interested in supporting us, please post your address in the comments or send us a message and tell us whether you want to support Alison, Nicole, or both. We will send the appropriate support raising letter.

We will send out additional letters at the end of our trip, and will be updating this blog during our journey. Also, be sure to join our facebook group. If the link doesn’t work, search for “Send Alison and Nicole to St. Louis*.”

Thanks so much for reading this and for (potentially) giving.

Alison and Nicole

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Alison Humphreys and Nicole Beliveau are both sophomores at Northern Arizona University. Nicole is a secondary education major and Alison is pursuing social work.