Hello... Meet Melody!
When Melody first moved to Berlin, she knew exactly two words of German and hadn’t traveled internationally since she was eight years old. During her time in Berlin, Melody worked with a brand-new arts ministry where she led artistic Bible studies, danced in street festivals and church services, taught an after-school dance class for kids, and used those connections and opportunities to share the love and hope of Christ! Melody went to Berlin as a Goer in 2016, and now works with GoCorps as a Coach!
You wake up to the sound of the local mosque blasting the call of prayer. You cut up some mango for breakfast and sit down in your apartment living room to look over your plans for the day. You also take some time to pray over the conversations and interactions you will have today. As you wrap up your morning you throw on your best tennis shoes, knowing that today you will be on your feet a lot.
This video is from our Gospel Interactions series. Gospel Interactions are the heart behind Goer ministry... demonstrating and communicating God's love, His hope, His message. Goer ministry is planting seeds and cultivating relationships while participating in the community transforming work that God is doing where Goers serve. It’s the personal touch of sharing your story of how Christ has changed your life.
I still deem my study abroad experience as one of the top highlights of my life. There is something so unique about dedicating a few months to a culture and people while you’re in a season of learning. My experience studying abroad in South Africa is a huge reason why I am doing what I am doing right now as a mission coach, why I am the person that I am today, and why I am sitting here writing this blog. But I don’t think the story would have been written that way if it weren’t for the wisdom and knowledge I was handed before I headed on a plane in the Spring of 2015.
Our society gets college so wrong. On its best days, it’s treated as a career stepping stone to launch young adults into the workplace. At its worse, it's treated as a type of cultural purgatory between adolescence and adulthood that we use to fend off the real world by stuffing it with as many parties and bad decisions as possible.
But what if God had a design for your time at college to be so much more than either of those things? What if He wanted to use these years to form you and prepare you to join Him in His global work in bringing redemption and salvation to the nations?
God hears us. It’s one of the most beautiful truths we rest under as Christians. And not only does he hear us, but God hears us in all times and places. Psalm 139 says He knows us when we sit down and when we rise up; He discerns our thoughts from afar and knows our words before they even leave our mouths.
Our God knows us deeply, invites us to pray, and assures us that he hears us no matter where we are or what we are doing. Those fundamental truths underlie the beauty of what it means to prayer walk.
What are your feelings about fundraising? If you’re like most people, you probably have some feelings of trepidation towards fundraising. Fundraising for ministry can be a countercultural idea, so it naturally brings up some fears and anxieties.