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Lord, Let Them Ask

By |2020-06-25T14:28:29-07:00June 25th, 2020|STORIES|

"Lord, let them ask." That was my prayer for a Syrian family that my ministry partner and I were about to visit. Every time we visit, we sit together, have tea and learn from each other. I've been visiting this family every week for the past several months, and my time with them [...]

Picnic in the Park

By |2020-06-22T10:42:04-07:00June 22nd, 2020|STORIES|

After a long couple months of limited interactions, the leadership at the North Site in Phoenix decided they wanted to try getting people together. Our students had been particularly conservative concerning the quarantine, and many of them hadn't left their homes in months. A picnic seemed like the perfect virus-proof solution -- everyone [...]

God Will Provide

By |2020-04-03T13:57:48-07:00April 3rd, 2020|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 experienced loss [...]

Open House

By |2020-04-03T13:36:13-07:00March 13th, 2020|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 knew I [...]

A Pleasing Aroma

By |2020-03-13T21:29:45-07:00February 6th, 2020|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, but I [...]

Clean Feet & New Shoes

By |2020-03-13T21:31:10-07:00January 1st, 2020|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, Myanmar, and [...]

Friendship to Strangers

By |2020-03-13T21:40:59-07:00August 13th, 2019|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 of a [...]

Discovery Day

By |2020-03-13T21:41:56-07:00July 17th, 2019|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 done any [...]

Prayer, Love, and Truth

By |2019-06-28T01:40:22-07:00June 27th, 2019|STORIES|

A Reproducible Church Planting Strategy It's been one year since we trained Ropi to use our strategy of prayer, love, and truth to plant churches. The strategy is taught using hand motions so that the church planter can easily pass the method on to new believers. Ropi is [...]

Building Friendships

By |2019-06-27T13:24:57-07:00May 30th, 2019|STORIES|

This post comes to us from Ryan, who just finished his first semester as a volunteer in a GoTEN english class. "I wanted to volunteer with GoTEN because I love serving people, especially people from different cultures. My first time volunteering in an English class was really exciting! Being able to meet new people, [...]