8 September

More in Common Than I Thought

Ever since the day I hit Berlin soil on September 12, 2013, my mind and soul have been whirring. In every moment there is something new to process, to take in, to experience, to pray about, to understand. Whether it be learning the German language, understanding one of many cultures in Berlin, discovering our team […]

29 March

On the Street, In the Cafe

Kurfürsentstraße is essentially the red light district of Berlin. No matter what time of day you walk down this street you see women trying to catch the eye of potential clients. Many of the women here are from Eastern Europe, mostly Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary, and many others are German women that have a bad […]

7 July

To Berlin and Back Again

The 2014 Trek7 team got off to a quick start in Berlin. In just a few short weeks, the young foursome has seen and done a little bit of everything. They describe Berlin as huge, vibrant, multicultural and diverse, even in just how the city is laid out. “I love how we’re in Köpenick, and there’s […]

6 May

Eager Hearts, Untrained Eyes

Our bags were loaded, ready to meet pressing needs on the streets. Before our group left the central Serve the City meeting point and headed toward Zoologischer Garten Bahnhof, we had been coached that it would take courage and respect to interact with people who were different from us. Obviously giving out food wouldn’t be […]

25 March

I Thought I Was Going to Help

I walk by two street people and their dog everyday on my way to buy Brötchen (buns) for breakfast. I dash into the store for the buns, a quart of milk, some sandwich meat and cheese, and then I scurry past them back to the comfort of our flat – safe and sound – to […]

19 March
28 February

Stay Salty, Berlin

I thought I understood ministry communications. Then I spent two months in Berlin asking the question, “How do I tell someone about this?” It’s really not a matter of substance. There’s plenty of fodder and activity to publish remarkable stories on a daily basis. Prostituted women are finding a café just for them on Kurfürstenstraße […]