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Cyndi Burns

Aliquippa, PA

Cyndi is part of Uncommon Grounds Cafe ministries. Here is her story:

When people ask where I am from, I always reply "No where" because being reared in a military family, we were constantly moving around the country, meeting new people and learning new cultures. This was both a blessing and a curse because I learned to develop shallow relationships. I knew I would leave in a year or so and didn't want to develop bonds. God has brought me from a dysfunctional family situation to having a heart for children facing much of the same dysfunction even to a greater degree.This set up a comfort with moving, exposing me to new cultures, including the at risk youth population.

The youth (especially the younger ones) have become the focus of my calling. God's love, grace, mercy and forgiveness is for all people but each hears and experiences the Gospel in different ways. As an evangelist I try to be sensitive to hear the Holy Spirit's whisper of how best to share the good news. I received a Diploma in Lay Ministries from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in 1991, a B.A. in Theology (with an emphasis in Family Ministry) from Lenoir Rhyne College in 2000, and graduated from the Pastoral Leadership Development Seminary alternative program of the United Church of Christ in 2010. I am both a Stephen Minister and Leader through training with Stephen Ministries and have completed two units (800 hours) of Clinical Pastoral Education through Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, North Carolina.

Most of my ministry is to the "throwaway" children of Aliquippa, especially in the Linmar area. I have partnered with Aliquippa Impact for both the Summer Camp and After School Programs. I have also partnered with Overcomers in Christ in a Children's Church Service with a regular attendance of around 20 children. There are many stories of the least, the last, and the lost and I try to help each child understand God's love for them in spite of what they have experienced. Several have begun a relationship with Jesus and it’s a beginning and a joy and wonder to see. I also serve at the Uncommon Grounds Cafe, listening to the stories from the community. Many opportunities occur to share the faith with adults in the comfort of the Cafe.

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