Stories from the Field

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…

Praying for Food

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A whisper leads to sustenance: One humble outreach in Ecuador They had just finished talking about Elijah listening for God’s voice, which came in a whisper.  They asked, “if God were to speak to us in a whisper today, would we hear it?  Or are we too distracted; too busy?”  Ismael and Amy are celebrating…

No Longer Invisible

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Anna was abandoned by her mother at an early age and was thought to be an intellectually/cognitively disabled mute. She never spoke and showed little ability to learn or function. The local government moved her from orphanage to orphanage with no regard for her welfare. Anna was an invisible child, moving from place to place…

50 Years of Impact

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Communitas International is celebrating 50 years of God at work through our movement. With you, we start churches who think, care, and act like Jesus in the world. These churches and church-planting projects are actively reaching people in need across Europe, North America, and Latin America, proclaiming salvation and demonstrating grace to those who desperately…