All of our teams are officially home from serving this summer.  Thank you for your prayers and encouragement to our students.  We are grateful for the many things The Lord is doing and will continue to do across the globe.  To Him be the glory! #CUGO

Prayer is Power in France

As I write this I am pretending that you are sitting across from me at a local café that makes their own baguettes (because I might be suffering from French baguette withdrawal!), and that you just asked me about what God taught me through this trip.

My answer: Prayer is power.

Is that cliché? I used to think so. At the beginning of the France trip, I was surprised – even completely floored – when God answered our prayers directly and amazingly. I almost didn’t believe it was true. But by the end of the trip, God had taught me to pray with the beautiful blending of confidence and contentment in my heart. Many mornings I brought the burdens on my heart or the team’s heart to Him and left them there. He made it obvious that He had heard and answered those requests in ways I never had considered. I was no longer so shocked, and in its place He increased my capacity to be thankful.

Will God always say “yes” to our prayers? No. Does asking in faith guarantee a favorable answer? Absolutely not. But can we pray with confidence that God can and does answer our prayers beyond what we ask or think? Absolutely yes. When I present my requests to the Lord now, I walk into the future with anticipation that His answer will be the best one. I am confident yet content at how He will answer. And it’s frighteningly exciting.

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” – 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)  #CUGO
–Abby Mouring

God Cannot Be Stopped

In a country where the government regulates Christianity and where people cannot freely share their faith with others, I began to see that God cannot be restricted by anyone. We talked with believers who were so passionate about the gospel and understood the urgency of telling it to others. One girl told me a story about how she tried to share the gospel at a university and had to run from the police. Another puts her job on the line by openly preaching the gospel in her classes.

I was amazed at how much Christianity is growing in China and how passionate the believers are there. Their stories showed me that no man, no government can stop God. He is able when we are not, and he will move no matter who is in the way. #CUGO

— Lane Yoder (China Team 2017)

Southeast Asia Arrival and Prayer Update

Thank you for your prayers and support as the team and I made it to Southeast Asia a few days ago.  Our connecting flight and travel overall was smooth.  We took our first day to rest, take in some of the sites, and prepare ourselves for worship the next day (Sunday).
 It is a joy to be with our missionary friends.  They are like family to me!  Sitting around their dining table at mealtime brings back memories while new ones start with the team that I am leading this week.  Thankful for the upcoming week of service, praying that our skills and knowledge in pharmacy would be used as a platform to share the gospel light and the message of the hope of Christ. #CUGO
–Thad Franz (Team Leader)

Goodbye To Alaska

We made time to take one last team picture before we parted ways at the Anchorage airport.
Thank you all for your prayer and support this past month. This trip has been an amazing time of ministry and personal growth for each of us. Please continue to pray for JT as he remains in Glennallen, Alaska to serve for another month. Miriam, Stephanie, Lindsay and I would also appreciate prayer that we will glorify God in our various activities planned for the remainder of the summer in other parts of the country.  #CUGO
–Allison Roberts

Josiah Venture Interns

Josiah Venture (JV) is an agency that is focused on reaching Europeans with the gospel.  This summer JV interns  Caleb Hoover and John Costello will serve in Hungary, with recent graduate, Sean Kisch  who will serve with a music ministry in Slovakia.  Pray for them as they work to see a movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society.  They will partner with national youth groups to put on summer camps, build relationships with non-believers, and share the gospel. #CUGO

Alaska Update #7

Lindsay and I are really going to miss working with the wonderful nurses and staff at the Interior Alaska Medical Clinic! They have all shown us abundant kindness, patience, and hospitality this past month, and we have learned so much from each one of them. It has been a huge encouragement to experience a work environment where coworkers truly care about each other and make a constant effort to build each other up.

Today we are heading back to Glennallen for a wrap-up session with our other teammates, and we fly out of Anchorage on Saturday.  #CUGO

–Allison Roberts

Alaska Update #6

Lindsay Porter and I had a great time helping out with the youth retreat at the First Baptist Church in Delta Junction this past Saturday and Sunday! We spent time hiking, canoeing, learning survival skills, and studying the Bible with middle school and high school students. We all learned a lot, but Lindsay and I quickly realized that the average Alaskan middle schooler has a better chance of survival in the wilderness than the average Ohio college student. #CUGO

–Allison Roberts