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Blog2020-03-30T10:58:25-07:00

Story Learners

By |April 3rd, 2020|Categories: LEARN|

At the beginning of March, GoTEN hosted a storytelling training for Encouragers (volunteers) to learn how they can share Bible stories with their refugee friends. We talked about the process of storytelling and how it includes a refugee friend’s story, our own story, and God’s story.  As we get to know [...]

God Will Provide

By |April 3rd, 2020|Categories: STORIES|

During this season of uncertainty, many of our friends find comfort in a story. Recently, I have been sharing stories of Truth with refugee women about God's provision, protection, and peace. The conversation comes up naturally because the refugee community is deeply concerned and struggling to understand and provide. Many have [...]

It’s All About Perspective

By |March 21st, 2020|Categories: LEARN|

How did the apostle Paul always concern himself with how his circumstances would aid the spread of the gospel? When he was unjustly imprisoned, his perspective was how God could use his situation to bring salvation to others (Acts 16:9-34, Phil 1:13). He saw the angry mob prepared to stone him [...]

Open House

By |March 13th, 2020|Categories: STORIES|

“Can I come visit your house?”  My heart took a leap when I glanced down and saw my friend’s message on the phone screen. She wanted to come to my house?  The text went on to say that she had missed us seeing each other over the Thanksgiving holiday and she [...]

Barriers to Prayer

By |March 8th, 2020|Categories: PRAY|

I recently found myself entering an Islamic mosque shortly before the afternoon prayer was set to begin. I was paying a visit to the Imam (A Muslim religious leader) as he is, in many respects, the gate keeper to the community and I was hoping to get his participation in an [...]

Kingdom Prayer

By |February 19th, 2020|Categories: PRAY|

I recently had the opportunity to hear an individual who is both a pastor and seminary professor give a lecture on prayer. What made this experience stand out was that the professor shared a bit about the trauma that he experienced in his childhood, continuing into early adulthood, and how it [...]

Storytelling Workshop

By |February 9th, 2020|Categories: LEARN|

We live in stories. Stories are the language of our world. Think about your favorite movies - they draw you in... you begin to feel what the characters feel... their pain becomes your pain... their victory becomes your victory. We enter stories and make them part of our own experience. [...]

A Pleasing Aroma

By |February 6th, 2020|Categories: STORIES|

  For the first two months after moving into Nineteen Apartments and doing home visits, I wondered about a smell I noticed each time I would visit a friend's home. It was a pungent, musty odor that was sometimes strong and distinct, sometimes subtle. I couldn't figure out what it was, [...]

Clean Feet & New Shoes

By |January 1st, 2020|Categories: STORIES|

In mid-2019, GoTEN partnered with the High School Ministry of Scottsdale Bible to engage in ministry among refugees living at Canyon Pointe Apartments in Phoenix, AZ. Once a month 20-30 high school students minister alongside GoTEN by playing games and sharing Bible stories with kids from Eritrea, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, [...]

Where There Are No Churches

By |November 26th, 2019|Categories: PRAY|

Thuray was one of 20 Kachin church planters we trained and ministered with while we were in Myanmar in October of 2019. Thuray began visiting a new village a few months ago and quickly found a person of peace who invited him to stay in his home. There is no electricity [...]

Friendship to Strangers

By |August 13th, 2019|Categories: STORIES|

"People who like interior design and dinner parties (and I freely admit that I am one of them) tend to conclude that they must therefore have been blessed with the gift of hospitality. But this is not necessarily the case. This is not the gift of hospitality. This is the gift [...]

Discovery Day

By |July 17th, 2019|Categories: STORIES|

This post comes to us from Anna, who came to a Discovery Day with GoTEN back in August 2018. God took me out of my comfort zone by pushing me to sign up for a Discovery Day. At that time, it was called a One Day Mission Trip. I had never [...]