Stories from the Field

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…

Building Community to Change Lives

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While speaking to a parent from his daughter’s school in Dublin, Ireland, a Communitas church planter was asked what he did. He replied, “We create spaces where people can talk about faith and Jesus – safe spaces where they can ask questions and express doubts, and it’s okay. Here is no judgment.” The response? “Do…

Making a Difference in Berlin

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Communitas often focuses on serving “the least of these,” but sometimes we interact with very influential people in advancing God’s kingdom.  One memorable example occurred in June in Berlin, Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel met Christine, the founder and director of Serve the City Berlin, one of 25 nonprofits chosen out of hundreds to be recognized…

Serving Well in Warsaw

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A Warsaw partnership that goes beyond faith boundaries What does it look like when a church forms a partnership with a secular organization? Communitas is answering that question in Warsaw, Poland.  A nonreligious organization there, Smile Warsaw, is feeding the hungry, caring for the poor, and loving the homeless every Sunday. In its mission statement,…

The Art of Using Art as Ministry

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“Love your neighbor” was the anthem Amy Swacina followed when she moved to the Ruzafa neighborhood in Valencia, Spain five years ago. The area is home to artists, musicians, dancers and, of course, non-Christians.  As a trained dancer, her love for the arts and artists made this area quickly feel like home. Amy and her…