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Late last year, God led me to this little coffee shop in Phoenix. It has been amazing to see how he has used this little community in downtown Phoenix to change my life. Anywhere from taking pictures to being an advocate for Food for the Hungry and Land of a Thousand Hills or just drinking great coffee with an amazing community of people deep in the heart of the art district all came from hanging out at 8th Day Coffee & Culture. God is working here! He is bridging a community of faith through the local art scene and the story of community-trade coffee in Rwanda. It’s just amazing to see and be a part of! And how awesome that they are located right dead center in the heart of downtown Phoenix – a place city busting with a growing urban and arts community.

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“Eternal Sunshine of Bird City”

Just recently, Joseph Sentrock Perez painted this on the outside wall of 8th Day. It’s an amazing mural called Eternal Sunshine of Bird City. Sentrock moved here from Chicago and has become quite a well-known artist here in the local Phoenix art scene. Here is Sentrock describing his inspiration behind painting this:

I painted this on 8th day cafe, a coffee spot in downtown Phx. The phrase 8th day represented eternity. That’s why I wrote Eternal Sunshine of Bird City, a play off of the movie. I wanted it to signify an eternal blessing on the city Phoenix. Sharing our art and expression will forever bless the city of Phoenix aka Bird City. 

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Art work displayed on the walls of 8th Day

A lot of the amazing art work displayed on the walls of 8th Day is organized by Steve Malakowsky (Hope thru Art). He is an amazing artist and has a huge connection with the local art scene. One of things I love is his project to display art from the homeless population here in Phoenix. The funds made go back into helping them out. He’s a great guy and I love his heart for art and people. Tonight, the Food for the Hungry artists displayed their art for the First Friday art walk and were able to showcase God’s heart for the less fortunate through their pictures and paintings.

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I had to voice my excitement!

So one of the most amazing God stories to come out of this place is the story of Juliana and Daniel. I met Juliana while teaching refugees last summer. God has used her in so many ways in my life that I can’t even write it all. She’s an amazing talented woman and I am so thankful for her friendship. In fact, I found out about 8th Day through her. Daniel is the manager of 8th Day and has become a dear friend and brother. They met at 8th Day and have recently got engaged here. I love this story and was in tears when I heard about this. I am so happy for them! Pastor Shane of St. George’s Anglican Community was on hand to bless them and I pray for a long and happy marriage for them! God is good and He is working everywhere!

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Juliana and Daniel with Pastor Shane

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There are times that when you donate your time to the Kingdom, you don’t always get the “thank you’s” or see the results of what you did. That’s because the Glory belongs to God, not us. He uses us for His purposes. But there are times that we do get tangible blessings for the work we do in the Kingdom from time to time. I try to look at them as encouragement to further the Kingdom. I was able to donate my time to a Music Therapy school recently and they are using my photographs to make brochures and thank you cards. This saved them hundreds of dollars in having to hire a professional photographer. I also donated to the Forgiveness Wins campaign that Land of a Thousands Hills is promoting. Today I got a couple nice cards in the mail from both thanking me for my time and giving. It was nice to see my pictures on the thank you card.

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8th Day Coffee & Culture is the newest coffee-house in downtown Phoenix. They have partnered with Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company and serve 100% Arabica, community-traded coffee from Rwanda, Haiti, and Thailand. They are also the first coffee shop to bring community-traded coffee to the Phoenix area. On the weekends they showcase live music and local art and on Sundays, St.Georges Anglican Community meets here for worship. It’s been an answer to prayer for me to discover this place as I have partnered with Thousand Hills coffee for some time. I’m excited to see community-trade coffee being served here in the Valley and strategically it’s located in a great place being in the arts district. Drink coffee, Do good.

Pour Over Rwandan Coffee

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My friend Karla is a photographer and she took some amazing pictures of different people on our Mexico team. Even though I didn’t take my Canon with me, I enjoyed talking photography with her. I am posting some of my favorites from her album.

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I’m not too into accomplishments, but it is nice to get things in the mail. I passed all three of my classes this semester and received my Level 1 certification in Biblical counseling, an A and a certification of completion in my Muslim class and I got an A in photography at CGCC. I am thankful to have learned some incredible material and skills this year that I can apply to life and thankful to God for providing these opportunities.

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Musement is an art-thrashing experience driven by inspiration and community. It’s a playground for the imagination.

“You are both; a work of art and an artist at work” – ERM

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