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What's the first thing you think of when you heard the phrase: Church Missions? If you're anything like me, you probably thought of a dirt road in the heart of Africa, and maybe you pictured little children with water jugs on their head, flies swarming around their faces. This trip is different.
In October I'll be heading to Berlin, Germany with National Community church on a new mission: To engage locals in discussions of faith through art. No, it's not Africa, and there isn't the same overwhelming physical need in Berlin, but the spiritual need in Germany is just as devastating. After German reunification in 1990, Berlin is re-establishing itself as one of the most influential cities in Europe. Berlin shapes the landscape of politics, arts and media, culture, and academics throughout Germany. Yet the controversial history of Berlin continues to affect the vibe of the city. It forms a society of vast diversity, open tolerance, alternate lifestyles, and an edginess that is uniquely Berlin. Berlin is no longer the land of Luther. It's a secular hub of atheism and agnosticism, but a place of great hope and potential.
To contextualize the gospel in this post-Christian landscape requires creativity and imagination. This won't be your average church mission trip. We'll spend a few days engaging the city's social justice issues like human trafficking, drug addiction, urban poverty, and refugee issues. We'll then spend a few days responding to what we've experienced through art: music, photography, painting, etc. The trip will culminate in a two day art gallery where we'll engage locals in discussions of faith through the art we have created around these issues. We'll be partnering with John Hasler, an NCC staff member working with Reach Global who is preparing to launch a marketplace ministry.
This is my first missions trip ever! I did not grow up in the church, so I have no idea what to expect! Please pray for me and my team members as we travel on this journey. If feel led to support me financially, it would be a blessing.