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Challenge Accepted!

By Julie on May 21, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Hey there! My name is Julie, it's nice to meet you (kind of?)! I'll tell you a little bit about myself: I recently graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Psychology, I am from the Boston area (so I pahk my cah), and if I could be amazing at anything in the whole world, it would be critiquing music. I could ramble on all day trying to make you laugh, but let's be real, you don't want to hear that just yet...I will tell you what you want to hear though: I am going to Ukraine! I am so excited for this amazing opportunity to serve God and others in Ukraine! I will be working with... Read more

Hello from GoWeek!

By Jeff on May 21, 2014 Track: Business Region: Europe

Hello everyone! I am writing my first blog from the great city of Minneapolis, MN, here at GoWeek!  I am a native of Washington state, and graduated in industrial design from Western Washington University.  In the fall I will be headed to Berlin, Germany to pursue business as missions, helping with a cafe/arts and music events place.  I am excited to be able to develop relationships with the arts, music, and design community of Berlin through this strategic venue, as well as help out and learn more about what it means to run a Kingdom business.   I am very excited to start this journey with... Read more

Art Evangelism

By Kelsey on May 21, 2014 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

I, Kelsey, have now arrived at the starting line. Now begins the 2 year journey that will lead me to Germany and beyond! Ok, let's just focus on Germany for now :)  The past few years I have come to appricate the arts when it comes to expressing thoughts about the bible and truths about who Jesus is. Not everyone understands and learns about the gospel the same way, so maybe it is about time to start embracing the non traditional path of evangelism.  Enter in music, photography, art, graphic design, and a ukulele. These things can be used to reach people who do not know God, or do not care to... Read more

Unexpected New Directions

By Isaac on May 14, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

            It’s really a terrible shame that updating this has fallen off my radar to such a degree that I haven’t been seen here since February. It’s really full spring now, and the semester which fast approached when last I posted is now waning to its home stretch. This second semester has in many ways followed the pattern of the first and found its routines, but it has been by no means boring. I have every intent now, though, of throwing up several posts soon to throw some light to you, the curious, about how the last months have gone. They’ve been less excitingly brand new than the first... Read more

God of Wonders

By Rebecca on April 28, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

God heals people and continues to do miracles as He did in the Bible.  I believe God still raises the dead, heals the blind, and feeds the multitude.  Jesus promises in John 14:12, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”   God is leading me into this promise, among others, and showing me more of what “greater things” means in a life lived out for the Kingdom of God. Jesus did not construct big gatherings and plan outreach events.  Jesus was God incarnate healing... Read more

Feeling the Weight

By Rebecca on March 19, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Rest for Our Souls In Matthew 11, Jesus is speaking to a crowd of people (vs. 6).  In his preaching, he begins to denounce specific cites—Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum—because of their lack of repentance.  Jesus performed many miracles in these towns, and yet their hearts remained hardened to the kingdom of God, with Christ as King.  Jesus prophesies of the judgment these towns will receive—Capernaum receiving judgment worse than that of Sodom (vs. 24).  Then, Jesus prays aloud to God, “‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise... Read more

Tiny Blessings

By Isaac on February 4, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

This Sunday was a team meeting, where we got together, all six of us in one place for the first time in a couple of months, to study Bonhoeffer and talk about God and life, and eat muffins and chocolate, and laugh, and celebrate our little community while studying a book about Christian community. It was good, as always. (A note on 'the team,' for those who may be confused: I live with one other guy, who is 'my teammate.' There are three girls living in a suburb of Saint Petersburg, at whose house we were meeting; one teaches at the same schools I do, the other two teach in their city. And a... Read more

Birthday Bash

By Rebecca on February 1, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Thank you all for praying for my birthday party January 10th (a week after my birthday).  The entire day was spent preparing, getting items for the flat, buying food, getting recipes together, cooking, cleaning, PRAYING (a significant component in the days leading up to it and the day of), and seeing God do the rest. Song was the first person to come.  She is from China and was in my second language class.  Shortly thereafter came Charlott, Vlad, and then Alfred and Filip with their 3 roommates, Fabia, and more and more. The day before the party, I was anxious.  I was fighting to NOT feel the... Read more

All of The Hats

By Brianna on January 31, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

I was studying Matthew 6:25-34 earlier this week and I was especially focusing on verse 32b-34: "...your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." I was reminding myself of these words this week when i was getting anxious about planning for some of my lessons. Sometimes, planning is just really confusing and you're not sure which end is up! But, instead of getting... Read more

Learning is Fun

By Brianna on January 19, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

I have an individual student every Friday who I'm working with on spelling, writing and math. This is part of one of the two power points we've been working on for a few weeks. I give her a list of spelling words for the week and she then chooses a topic for it. For this power point, she chose the topic of zoo animals. After we correct the spelling and grammar of the sentences, we present the information in a power point centered around that topic. Can you say, "incorporating technology" into learning!?!? I know I can! What's more is that she is really, truly very proud of herself. She always... Read more