Stories from the Field

God At Work In a Pandemic

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In the midst of a pandemic, it’s easy to see the hardships, the struggles, the trials. But  if we look with eyes to see and ears to hear, we might just see God at work. He is always working. In southern France, for example, a long-established café culture exists. Almost everywhere, you can find small,…

Why Go? – Our Temporary Home

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We are starting a series highlighting various reasons why our missionaries decided to join us in partnering with God in creating communities of faith.  Maybe God is nudging you or someone you know? Read on! Todd and Y Bonesteele were 37 years old with four young kids between the ages of 2 and 8. Living…

The Impact of Giving Day

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Before planting a church in Ithaca, NY, Elizabeth and I had begun two university ministries; one at the University at Albany and a second at Cornell University. During that period, we were bi-vocational and also raised ministry support. Eventually, the church we planted grew, I received a salary and was relieved that I would never…

God Never Stopped Working

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I have sometimes thought that we are more of a hindrance than a help to God’s work. In moments of personal prayer I have surprised myself by asking God not to allow me to spoil what He alone does so well.  This is funny to me, now that we are getting out of lockdown and…

Church of the Margins and the Dones

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In 2005 I started my journey with Communitas as an “incarnational missional investigator” in the city of Santa Barbara, CA. There was radical need within the margins of an otherwise wealthy community, and for over a decade we worked with and for the marginalized, including a special focus on working within our homelessness culture and…

God is Moving in Brazil

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God is on the move! Even in the midst of strange COVID-19 days, we see God at work. Here are a few examples from our teams across Brazil, the nation with the second highest COVID cases in the world: São Paulo Sampa Church was our first church in Latin America. Recently, a cool relationship that…

Praying for Disciples in Italy

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One of our core values within Communitas International is “Kingdom Seeking,” which means we embrace the daily rhythms of our lives as opportunities to include others in our communities so that they see Jesus in us–and we see Jesus in them. Stefano wanted to pray through his day with Kingdom seeking eyes.  “After meditating more…

Great Joy in the Midst of Trauma

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On Friday, April 24, I spent a long time on the phone with two young men of Mslm- background named Kasem and Bashir, and their story is such good news in this time of corona-virus uncertainties. They called to tell me they had responded to our invitation to meet Christ in the Eucharist (communion) at the conclusion of our live-stream Upper…