Ministry Update: Mobilization Exposure Trips

Global Initiative Mobilization recently sponsored three summer exposure trips. Here’s a recap.

INDONESIA

Six students from Valley Forge Christian College (Phoenixville, PA), along with a Global Initiative mentor, ministered with Pastor Jaime Kemp in Jogjakarta. Jamie founded a Chi Alpha campus ministry in this university city that has over 20 colleges with at least six major university campuses. The Chi Alpha ministry has a two-story ministry center called the International English Center. They engage students through conversational English as well as through many other outreaches to the mostly Muslim university students.

The team plugged into the Chi Alpha ministry and participated in prayer walks, English conversation classes, a sports outreach, game night, and the Chi Alpha weekly meeting. Each morning the team went to a campus for a prayer walk and student interaction. They found students on campus very engaging and eager to talk with foreigners with conversations turning quickly and easily to spiritual matters. Afternoons included English conversation classes with team members jumping in. Each week the Chi Alpha ministry rents a basketball court at a local park and organizes pick-up basketball games. Over 30 young men attended the evening event that week. Other students gathered on the sidelines and the Chi Alpha staff organized card games and singing. Chi Alpha holds a weekly large gathering with worship time and teaching by Jamie (the majority of students in attendance are Muslims). After the message, the group divides into small groups to discuss the topic giving Muslim students time for questions. Each week the ministry holds a game night to invite new students to Chi Alpha. Over 50 students came for three hours of fun and interaction.

ARAB WORLD

Global Initiative organized a prayer and vision trip in conjunction with Live Dead Arab World for six students from Southwestern Assemblies of God (SAGU/Waxahachie, TX). The trip included one week in Cairo, Egypt and one week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

IMG_0444Week one in Cairo included visits to the Citadel and Muhammad Ali mosque, Ibn Tulin, Tahrir Square, Garbage City and Cave Church, the graves of Oswald Chambers and William Borden, the Egyptian pyramids, and Khan el Khalili market. These locations gave insight into Egypt’s past and present as a means to craft vision and prayer for the region and its people. The team took part in prayer walks and interaction with Live Dead Arab World workers currently in the area.

The team and Global Initiative mentor then traveled to Dubai for week two. There they visited numerous university campuses to engage with students. They also spent time in several of the city’s large shopping malls to interact with nationals and take part in prayer walks for the city. The team also met with various professionals working intentionally in the city to learn how they engage with the unreached around them.

The time spent in Cairo and Dubai opened the eyes and hearts of the students to the needs in the Arab World and how they can be involved—whether by returning to a city to serve for one year or by interceding for the people and the work through more informed and passionate prayers.

BERLIN

Nine university students and young adults gathered in Berlin, Germany for the third and final summer Global Initiative exposure trip. The team was immersed in Berlin’s history and spent time talking with church and ministry leaders working in the city today.

Each day included a visit to a location key to Berlin’s history and its leadership over the past 200 years—including the aristocrats’ palaces of Sanssouci and sites of Nazi German terror at the Topography of Terror Museum and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial. The team also explored history at the Bonheoffer house, Checkpoint Charlie, Pergamon Museum, and the DDR (East German) Museum.

The history of the city and its people gave the team members background as they met with today’s pastors and ministry leaders from church plant Reset Charlottenburg, hospitality ministry Matthew’s Table, Prachtwerk, a music and art café, and Alabaster Jar, an outreach to prostitutes.

The team also met with Pastor Philip Preussen, a Germany pastor in the Lutheran church and the great-great-grandson of the last German Kaiser, Wilhelm II. Not a Lutheran, Pastor Philip is a missionary to the church and its leaders. He spoke with the team about the state of the German church and its needs for evangelism and how he lives out his calling to see true followers of Jesus in the church today.

There were many eye-opening and sobering moments as the team met history face to face, but there were also many hope-filled moments as the team encountered believers serving this city through their gifts and callings. All together, the exposure trip gave individuals ideas on how God could use their passions and skills to serve Berlin or a city like it.

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