With less than 24 hours to go, the team is making final preparations for our trip to Berlin. Our team consists of Mariners Church Care and Recovery pastor Jack West, volunteer Nina Kazibwe, and me (Ben Benjamin). Special thanks to Mariners Church Global Outreach Pastor Christian Mungai for his rapid response to make this trip happen.
Last night the team met with Pastor Mungai to review objectives, discuss key partnerships, and go over logistics. By far the most important part of the discussion regarded how Satan is uniquely attacking each of us. It is clear Satan does not want us to succeed and is shrewd in his attempt to derail us. Fortunately, our God is bigger. The team addressed each individual lie, and faithfully replaced them with the Truth of God. We also were reminded that we are headed to the front lines and putting on the armor of God each day and night before we go to sleep is imperative to our trip.
Our Partners, at Mavuno Berlin have prepared an extensive itinerary which includes meetings with other church partners, non-profits, and of course extensive time at some of the primary refugee camps in Berlin. As we meet new friends, hear stories, and reflect on how God is at work our mission is to tune our hearts to how we can partner with Him.
Even though we are uncertain as to what we will face, we are excited as to what lies ahead. Although cultural differences may stand in our way, we have faith that there is hope in this desperate crisis. As a church we are called to respond as we always do through partnerships and collaborative efforts. This is our calling, and this is our mission.
by Ben Benjamin