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May192014

Encountering Jesus in the Public Square

Students from CBC-Colorado performing a skit called, The Wall, in the busy streets of Germany. Huge crowds gathered to watch the outreach performances. How many in the crowd could identify with the emotions? (Click to enlarge)A young Scottish woman named Beth agrees to go on an adventure with five of her friends. Although she knows their trip from London to Berlin will be exciting, Beth has underlying concerns about the journey. Beth is a Christian, a student attending a school of worship in London, and she is keenly aware that her faith in Jesus is not shared by the majority of her travel companions. Beth brings her concerns regarding the uncomfortable mix of beliefs before the Lord in prayer.

God answers prayers—sometimes in unexpected ways.

Beth and her friends made their way to Germany. They happened to arrive in Potsdamer Platz, an important public square in the heart of Berlin, at the same time two-dozen students from Charis Bible College in Colorado happened to be holding a flash-mob, complete with dancing and dramatic performances openly sharing the Gospel. The paths of the two parties crossed, and several CBC students had the opportunity to minister to the young women from the United Kingdom.

Tamara Walters ministering to a group of 20-somethings on the streets of Germany. (Click to enlarge)Tamara Walters, a CBC-Colorado student, was among the team members to minister to Beth and her friends. During the interaction, Beth was quick to acknowledge that she was a believer, and Tamara easily sensed the varying degrees of receptivity among the rest of the girls.

Tamara and her team continued to minister through a somewhat difficult encounter. After the conversation came to a close, the girls walked off to continue their day. Tamara said, "Beth ran back and thanked us, through tears, for sharing with her friends. She shared that she had been praying for them. Laying her head on my shoulder, she allowed me to pray for her strength, wisdom and courage to continue to be a light among her friends." Tamara went on to share, "God hears our prayers and is able to answer in such unfathomable ways—even to bring a team from America to encourage His precious daughter—God is so big, and nothing is impossible for Him," she said.

CBC student, Britney Williams (back to camera) ministers to Judy (left) with the assistance of European Initiative translator, Anna (rght). Judy believed God was real, but until she met Britney, she didn't know God loved her personally. She received Jesus during this meeting.
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Another CBC student, Josh Melton, had several difficult, but silver-lined encounters of his own during the trip to Germany. After the team performed their dramatic outreach outside a famous cathedral in Koln, they began to mingle with and minister to the large crowd that had gathered. Josh and several other students approached an older couple and asked what they thought of the skit. Josh noticed immediate resistance in their body language, as the couple began to back up to escape any meaningful conversation. Though the couple did stay put long enough for the students to share the Gospel with them, they remained disinterested. Looking for an opportunity to demonstrate the power of God, the team asked if they could pray for them. The couple replied as they walked away... "How much are you going to charge for that?"

Disheartened by the rebuff, but not defeated, Josh moved on, confident that seed had been planted. He then noticed a young man, in his early twenties, leaning against a light pole very close to the group's previous encounter. Josh asked the man what he thought of Judy and Britney. After receiving Jesus, Judy approached the larger CBC group. She expressed that she felt a warm sensation in her chest while Britney was ministering to her. Judy also began to cry. Through her tears she shared that she was so happy to finally know that sombody liked her, because not many people do.
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the presentation. Coarsely, the man replied that he was drunk and didn't need God for anything in his life, and he said he didn't believe in God. Unfazed by the previous encounter, Josh asked the man if there was anything God could do for him, to confirm that He is real. The man said he would want God to deliver him from his addictions. Before the team could pray, the man proceeded to lash out in a blasphemous tirade against God. Josh said, "Basically it was just the enemy spewing a bunch of lies. We cut him off and just said, 'You're going to hear from God right now.' We laid hands on him and prayed that he would experience the power of God, and without a doubt, by the end of the prayer, he had experienced God's presence." Immediately the man's demeanor changed, and he said he felt something. Then he asked, "How do I get Jesus?" The team exclaimed, "You just did!" After a ten or fifteen minute conversation with the man, he had received Jesus as his Savior, expressed interest in connecting with the local church the team was promoting, and he was stone cold sober!

The CBC teams that travel the world on short-term missions are making a huge impact in peoples' lives—one person at a time. Some teams share the love of God with the soft impressionable hearts of children, and some stand toe-to-toe with stony hearts of hardened adults. The results are the same; individuals all over the world are introduced to the God that loves them—one personal encounter at a time.

For a quick recap of the trip to Germany, be sure to watch the video below. The CBC team, consisting of 21 second-year students, two third-year intern leaders, and the CBC Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, visited Cologne, Dusseldorf and Berlin. The team spent nearly two weeks with gracious hosts, Jeff and Barb Serio and their Berlin-based ministry, European Initiative. The video was produced by Alex Zehrer of EI.

Reader Comments (1)

super dooper!!--great to see the Jesus energy in these young brothers and sisters shining Jesus out to the needy Germans!!--ich kann ein bischen deutsch sprechen--es macht viel spass deutsch zu sprechen : ) thanks to the outreach teams !! it's a great blessing of joy to see these posts from AWM!!---thanks AWM for sharing these world outreach videos and reports!! halleluia!!

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave Shirvis

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