Hansi Willoughby – Project Germany
Last year, I studied abroad in Greece with a group from Moody Bible Institute – Spokane. This was the trip of a lifetime in many ways, one which God used to show firsthand the work that He was doing among the refugees in the ongoing crisis happening in the Middle East and throughout Europe. What we saw was God bringing Muslims out of the darkness and into places where they could experience the life and love He offers, and hear the good news of the Gospel of Christ. Realizing the ways in which God was using the pain and suffering of the crisis inspired me to return to Greece in the beginning of 2016 and continue working among the flood of refugees. It was an indescribably beautiful thing to see the ways in which these people were meeting Christ through His body, the Church.
Studying at Moody Bible Institute – Spokane has taught me a lot about the importance and impact of being a believer in community with other believers. The theological education has been incredibly formative in my relationship with the Lord, and has shown me the value of learning and growing in the knowledge of God. With the influx of new believers in settlement countries like Germany, there is a need for theological education for growth into spiritual maturity. Theological training among refugees in Germany is going to be crucial for the sake of avoiding syncretism with Islam, and to better equip the new believers to go forth and be active members of the body of Christ.
The body of Christ is made of many members, and this crisis is bringing cultures together in unprecedented ways within the church. This is the time to step out of national and cultural boundaries and pursue the culture of Christ. To this end, this mission will involve teaching the Bible, discipleship, unified prayer, and any other opportunities the Lord gives us!