Outreach

Why am I here?

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That was the question I asked God when I first arrived in Zagreb, Croatia.  
 
I had traveled to Croatia with Ballet Magnificat. Our dance company was partnering with European Initiative, doing performances in the streets and engaging in conversations afterward.

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Send Me

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“Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah’s declaration of surrender to God’s call has become my own heart’s cry after a life-changing week in Romania with a European Initiative team.  I found myself immersed in an intense and redeeming experience where God drew me from the distractions of my comfort zone and pulled me directly to His heart.

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Lift up Your Eyes

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My wife and I recently travelled to Serbia and Hungary as part of a team of twenty students from Charis Bible College in Colorado.  We experienced first-hand the truth of Jesus’ words in John 4:35: “Say not ye, ‘There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?’ Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35).

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Survivors

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Count me among a miniscule minority who has never watched a single episode of the CBS reality show, “Survivor”. I have seen countless promos for the series, none of which have enticed me to give it a try. Through viewing the promos I get the gist of the show: a tropical location, bandanas, snacking on worms, and conniving plots to throw the competition off the island.

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153

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A few years ago I was reading John 21:11 and was struck by the precise reference to 153 fish which Jesus caught. Why would it be necessary to record such a specific number in scripture? That random number perplexed me then, and to this day. On a recent missions trip to Serbia and Hungary, however, “153” resurfaced again.

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Hulking it up in Hungary

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Question: What is green, over-the-top obnoxious, and beloved by children in Eastern Europe?
Answer: The Charis Bible College (CBC) version of the Incredible Hulk!

Personified by 2nd year student, Martin Stone, the green comic character came to life and brought smiles to hundreds of kids, while proclaiming that Jesus is the ultimate superhero.

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Dancing in the Streets

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Have you ever wanted to just do a dance in a public space, even though people would be watching, and you would be embarrassed beyond belief? Maybe you just received a phone call with great news and your first inclination was to jump for joy, but you didn’t because….Why does there always have to be a “because”?

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Splinters

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In modern day Europe what many people feel, they struggle to explain in words. Something is wrong with the world around them and this feeling of not knowing or understanding what that is, is like a splinter in their souls….constantly annoying, a bit painful and never ending.  The feeling of completeness or happiness is sought in many different ways, but nothing feels truly freeing. Instead of gaining a sense of wholeness, many feel even more disconnected or lost after seeking out the world’s wisdom. I have actually heard statements like, “It seriously feels like there is a hole in my heart, and nothing will fit into that hole.”

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