Updated: Feb 15, 2018
Trying to put this trip into words is very daunting. A nearly impossible feat. But I will give it my best attempt.
If you don't know, for the past eight days I've been in Waren-Muritz, a town in the state of Mecklinburg, Germany two hours outside of Berlin for my school missions trip.
There, myself and seven other people from Bethel Supernatural School of Ministry (BASSM) served, developed relationships with, healed, trained, and activated the Leucht Feuer church, the youth and staff at Joo Youth Center, and refugees from Bulgaria.
Waren, which is non-coincidentally my last name, is a very small and quaint town with
old, magnificent architecture, rolling hills (mostly covered with snow at this time of year), and very few people I can identify with. In fact, the population is mostly elderly white people with no grid for God whatsoever. Upon first arriving it was not promising that I would have much more to say about the trip than the typical religious jargon of "It was
powerful", or "God really moved". But before leaving America for Germany, I spoke with a good friend who has been to many different countries about how I could get the most out of my trip. Her advice was simple: "Pray for God's heart for the region and people. Remember who He says you are. And open your heart to get to know them and let them get to know you." (Those weren't her exact words, but I paraphrased.) And so, I decided I was going to fully give myself to the experience.
I decided to trust people with who I am- the crazy and the sane, and trust that God had something for me from each one of them, a mindset heavily due to the culture of honor Bethel has cultivated in me over the past several months. I trusted that this was an opportunity to learn as well as teach. And my expectations were more than exceeded! The culture, the food, the people, the sights, the fun, the moments with God and each other... I will literally never be the same!
Led by the ever laid back, and impressively balanced supernatural "guru" Blake Healy (my thoughts of him), I was stretched to give all of the simplicity, depth, freedom, training, hope, joy, love, and peace I have been receiving from being in first year at BASSM. And
stretched to go beyond my comfort zone and see God move through me and towards me through perfect strangers. This is not easy for me as I have a hard time trusting people with all of me in the states. Very often, the fear of being misunderstood vies for space in my thought process. So, this was a true leap of faith.