SURGE 2015 Euro Trip Report Featured

Written by  Chad & Mara Winchell -- Northern Virginia Tuesday, 21 July 2015 10:39

SURGE BucharestA total of 25 single brothers and sisters traveled throughout Europe using their faith, time, resources and energies to encourage disciples in five different churches! It was cool to see brothers and sisters come together from Brazil, Mexico, Canada, England, Russia, Puerto Rico, Europe and the USA for this journey as part of the S.U.R.G.E program (Singles United Representing God Everywhere).

We first met in Prague, Czech Republic on Friday, June 26. We met with the church that night for fellowship and encouragement from God's Word. Saturday we played volleyball with disciples and went evangelizing in the afternoon. Though the city is full of religious buildings and statues, 90 to 95% of the people are athiest! We were still excited to boldly and lovingly offer the message of Christ to them! We met with the church Sunday and had a wonderful time of fellowship and more inspiration from God's Word.

After our time in Prague, we spread out to visit three different churches (Zurich, Switzerland, Sofia, Bulgaria, and Bucharest, Romania). Mara and I traveled with the group to Zurich. In Zurich we met with the disciples on our first evening in the city. The following days were a mix of meeting disciples for coffees and meals, inviting people to church, and swimming in the Limmat river and Lake Zurich. 

We came back together on July 3 in Munich for the final weekend of the trip. On Friday night, we spent time meeting and fellowshipping with our host families. Saturday morning we toured the city and then invited people to impromptu Bible discussions. Saturday afternoon we met with the entire church for an afternoon cookout and fellowship.  Sunday was again a time of inspiration and strengthening from God's Word. That was followed by more food, fellowship and then some friendly soccer!   

SURGE PragueIt was so encouraging to see amazing, faithful disciples in each of these cities! We saw disciples who were in the same battle of faith we are all in: Fighting to hold to the truth found in God's Word in both life and doctrine, and contending to remain faithful to God through various trials and temptations.

The disciples in each city were inspired and uplifted by our visit and by the Word of God just as we were by their faith and commitment to God and one another! Although many of us met for the very first time on the trip, we had a blast with each other and built great friendships!  It was so fun travelling, eating, laughing, and serving God together.

The next SURGE Singles Mission Trip is to Brazil from October 16-26, 2015. If you are interested in joining the Brazil trip or a future SURGE Singles Mission Trip to Europe, Latin America, or Africa, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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