Kansas City Visit

Hey Friends,

I am heading to Kansas City tomorrow! It will be a quick four-day jaunt to the city that has been making waves on social media.  Hopefully this trip will give me a glimpse of  what makes Kansas City so great.

Day One…  The  Richards, George White, and myself will visit L’Arche Heartland. This is  a community that is comprised of five separate homes and a day service academy where core member (persons with disabilities) and assistants (persons who serve as care providers) live and share their lives.

The mission of this community is to:

  • Make known the gifts of people with developmental disabilities, revealed through mutual transforming relationships.
  • Foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, while being faithful to the core values of our founding story.
  • Engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society.

These are core values shared by New Heights Church and Camp Barnabas, two communities that are looking to champion disability . Ben, Heather, Ethan, George and myself approach this trip as a learning and participation experience. In particular, the Richards and myself are looking to grasp wisdom and vision for a community/movement here in Northwest Arkansas.

For more about L’Arche check it out here.

Day Two… I will visit Jerusalem Farm. Jerusalem Farm is a Catholic Intentional community located in Kansas City, Missouri, built on the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity. They strive to transform their lives and the lives of those around them through service retreat experiences, sustainable living and home repair. My greatest desire in visiting this community is to glean ideas of sustainable development.

Day Three … This day will mostly consist of hanging out with friends. Soooo, Barnabas friends and Fuller friends, if you are around let’s hang out! I also plan to visit IHOP and check out some of the hidden treasures of KC.

DAy Four … I will meet up with the Richards and head back to Barnabas Prep. Before that I hope to visit a local church. I need your help on this one. Does anyone have any great suggestions?

And… of course, I will spend the last wee hours hanging out with friends!

I will try to give you an update on some of the events and experiences of this trip as I go along.

Have a warm evening friends,

Friar Francis

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