A Walk in the City

Back in June 2019, I had the privilege of leading a group of Hispanic young adults on a missions trip to Berlin, Germany. I have led quite a few short-term trips, but this one was different.

Who Would We Encounter?

Our primary objective was to make contacts for the Alliance international workers (IWs) who live here. We had a supply of contact cards to give people, listing phone numbers and an invitation to visit the Spanish-language Alliance church in Berlin. We were to walk city streets, attempting to locate Hispanics among the millions of people living in Berlin, the second most populated city in the European Union. We thought the odds of meeting a Hispanic person were near to none.

We were also warned that if we did make contacts, there was a possibility that we would face skepticism. Our team members were instructed to enter department stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, coffee shops, etc., and speak Spanish to each other. The IWs said we would know when someone was Hispanic because they would make eye contact with us, acknowledging that they understood what we were saying—we wanted to see this happen!

After two hours of walking throughout the city, we had made 13 contacts! It was amazing to see how our spiritual eyes and ears were opened and how the Lord coordinated these divine appointments.

Each person we met had never set foot in an evangelical church. All 13 received an invitation to visit our church.

Four Stories

Here are testimonies from some of those divine encounters:

Allow Him to Lead

During our nine days in Berlin, we could feel a sense of darkness and hopelessness as we walked the streets, but we also experienced firsthand the Holy Spirit at work. We learned that when we allow Him to lead us, focusing on what He has commanded us to do, our spiritual eyes see and hear the need—and He makes divine encounters possible.

Please Pray

Our Alliance congregation’s potential to impact and bring hope to the Spanish-speaking community in Berlin is tremendous. Can we count on you to intercede for them and the Hispanic people we met? Pray that they will have a sense of urgency to use the contact cards we gave them and call the IWs or visit the church.

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Check out “When God Says ‘Help Me!,'” a related story from Berlin.