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We have come a long way since Training camp in June. This week, the students have worked hard to learn how to return home well and to reflect upon what they have learned through this trip.

Yesterday and today, were two days filled with teaching, report writing and quite times to help the team cope with things like fear and loneliness upon returning home.

Tomorrow we will spend one last full day together as a team out in the city of London!


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DAY 1 London! Debriefing begins:

Hey everyone! We made it safely to London and are now beginning the process of debriefing. Out train got in pretty early on Sunday, so we had plenty of time to do some final laundry before home. Yesterday, we spent the day at the church to begin the process of debriefing by having the team write reports on what they have learned this summer. We also had time to complete some important teachings to prepare the team for coming home. Tomorrow we head out to the main city of London to see the sights!

DAY 2 London Town

Top of the morning to you all! Today we spent the day out and about in London town. We got to see some historical landmarks like the Tower of London and Parliament! We also got a chance to visit the preserved war rooms of Winston Churchill to learn more about WWII. We all really enjoyed ourselves and ended the night with some delicious London style food.


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Today was our last day of ministry!! Along with seeing the incredible sights of Paris, our team was able to share their love for Jesus with the people all around the city. Over the past two days, the team has met so many unique and interesting people that they have shared their faith to. Now it is time for us to head back to the beginning in London to prepare to come home. See you in a week!


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by Whitnee Sand: Staff-discipler

I am amazed by how the Lord has been moving in EuroQuest 2019, even the short time we have been together. As a staff-discipler, I’ve had the privilege to witness first hand how God has been moving in the lives of each student, in my own life and in the team as a whole. This experience has been unlike anything else I have been a part of and every day I stand in awe of the hand of God. I have seen Hime faithfully show up every single day and I’m so excited to see how He shows up in our remaining countries. He has done good on the team in countless ways, but in reflecting on my own personal growth and talking it through with my teammates, I’ve picked up on three common themes of where God is working.

One of the big lessons from God we have been learning is how to rely on Him. Emily, who is one of the students, talked about discovering how “inadequate and unqualified” she is to do any of what we are doing on our own. Another student Kendra, says God has been teaching her to “look to Him instead of my own comforts.” Grayson, a staff discipler, and I have both personally witnessed how desperately we need to rely on God everyday. In times when I’ve felt inadequate, weak and unable to continue on, I am reminded how the Holy Spirit is able to motivate and strengthen me. 2 Cor. 12:10 encourages us that it is through our weakness, we are made strong because Christ is in us. In fact, our weakness is often what God uses to work in and through us. We are all learning that God empowers us when we rely on Him.

I have also had the privilege to see a family atmosphere developing on the team, especially through our time in Poland. God used our time there to strengthen our community and build up the team as a whole. Relationships are deepening and trust being established. All through the team, a unique bond is being formed and it is such a wonderful thing to watch. The boys talked about how they where learning to be better brothers in Christ and as one of the students put it wonderfully, “We are all people, coming from different backgrounds working for one purpose.” Although we are all unique and diverse, we are all united under one name; Jesus Christ. It is powerful to see the body of Christ displayed beautifully by my team.

Lastly, God has been opening our eyes to and breaking our hearts for the lost. We are experiencing how incredibly lost the people we encounter are. We have seen this in ways that we often do not look for at home. The team has directly seen brokenness through the conversations we have had on the streets. One of these conversations was with two men in Berlin, Germany that one of the students Jessie connected with. For her personally, this conversation gave her a window through which to see the hurt of this world. After her conversation, she said, “I had a frustrating conversation that exposed me to how lost the world is and how real and powerful Satan can be. My heart felt broken after and it gave me a glimpse of the immense compassion Jesus has for chasing our hearts.” Daily we are learning to translate the heartbreak we feel for the people we meet into action to declare God’s love for Europe.

As we continue our journey to new countries and people, please pray for God’s Mighty hand to be with us and work through us.

On another note:
From 5:00am to 1:00am. Some travel day huh? Well we all made it safely without losing anyone or anything on our last Eurail journey! Tomorrow we begin the final two days of our ministry in Europe. Today though was spent on two trains, three metros and uncountable staircases in Paris with our 50lbs bags. Everyone is pretty tired, but we are looking forward to finishing strong!

AND…
Bonjour Paris!! After being 106 degrees yesterday, todays 87 felt cool and nice! We had the amazing opportunity to visit the Louvre today to experience some truly amazing artwork. You might recognize one lady in particular. We also got to walk around the streets of Paris and do our street ministry.


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I cant believe that we are already leaving Austria! We had an amazing time today touring some of the sights of Vienna, such as the imperial palace! We also had the opportunity to do ministry in couple of different places around the city as well. We had some great positive conversations with people of every age, nationality and religion. We will be praying that God reaches their hearts. Auf Wiedersehen Vienna!


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What says Austria more than a day trip to Salzburg (Sound of Music)? We got to enjoy this beautiful city and see the sights and sounds of Salzburg. Along with the Sound of Music tour, we also got to see the Birthplace and early beginnings of Mozart! In the afternoon we also got to do the drama and minister to the people in the city square!

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We made it safely to the gorgeous city of Vienna or as it is called in German Wien! After another early morning and long day of train travel, we arrived at the school where we have been staying for the last four days (the longest we’ve stayed in any one place). We have been so excited to be Vienna and do ministry here!

Now we are starting to realize that we are reaching the end of our ministry time here in Europe. Sunday we had the chance to worship with a local congregation at the Christian school we are staying at. It was a great opportunity to connect with God and with other believers! After Church, we took off for the city center, where we jumped right into ministry. Many of the team shared their faith boldly with the local people. Then we took a walking tour around Vienna led by our very own Heidi Bell! It was amazing to see so much history!

Although we have only been in Austria for 2 days, we have been really busy! Today we helped the school we are staying at move their library from one building to another. It was hard work, but the team completed it in only a couple of hours!! We then had some down time at the Church when the team was able to do important things like shower and clean out their smelly Chacos! We ended the day by showing the Austrian classic: Sound of Music 🎶 We have lots more exciting things coming soon!

Hear what our team has to say about the last three ministry locations while we travel on the train! We have updates from Warsaw, Prague and Zagreb! Check it out!


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Three days and we are already leaving! After a successful day of sharing around Zagreb through conversations and the occasional balloon animal, we released the team to spend one last day around this beautiful city before we take off for Vienna Austria tomorrow morning early! See you then!


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