Meeting Needs. Making Disciples. Mobilizing Laborers.
Engage The Crisis, a relief effort of the Antioch Movement, was created to meet the needs of the large number of Syrian refugees currently entering Europe. Epicentre Church is sending our people to Berlin, Germany, to work in one of the major destination sites for refugees. Our heart is to draw Muslims to Jesus and mobilize this generation to share the love of Christ with these refugees. The Church has an opportunity to define how this historic crisis is spoken about in future generations.
Epicentre is mobilizing dozens of Impact Trips to go to Europe for two weeks. These trips are designed to give participants a life-changing missional experience while they interact with the refugees. After landing in Europe, participants will receive training in Amsterdam and then go to our base in Berlin to minister the “two-handed Gospel” of Jesus, caring for the tangible needs of refugees and sharing the message of Jesus in a personal way. The cost of these trips will average between $2,500 and $3,000. This trip is open to all age groups; however, this trip is not open for children under 7 years of age.
Prayer is an integral part of Engage the Crisis. Whether you go on an impact team or financially support others to go, we invite you to join the journey through intercession. We believe that many Syrians will experience the tangible love of God and be encouraged to hope. Want to know how you can join the prayer effort? Sign up for regular updates!
ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS
Q: Where can I go?
A: Epicentre Church will be staffing the base in Berlin, Germany. All trips through Epicentre will be going to Berlin.
Q: What’s the goal of this trip? What will I be doing?
A: There are three goals: Meeting needs, making disciples and mobilizing laborers. In addition to sharing the love of Jesus, activities may include: children’s ministry, sports ministry, forming PTSD relief groups, running medical clinics and organizing anti-human trafficking education opportunities.
Q: How will I be able to talk to these refugees?
A: Aid workers report that a good amount of refugees speak English. However, we are recruiting interpreters who speak any Middle Eastern language to join us. If you would like to volunteer or recommend someone as an interpreter, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: If something goes wrong, who is in charge of keeping me safe?
A: We have a dedicated team for emergency response at each base and our training hub in Amsterdam. Participants will be given emergency contact information for their families when they sign up for the trip.
Q: Will I be working with other organizations or only with Antioch?
A: Yes, we partner with a rich network of local partners and international organizations serving in Europe.
Q: Will I receive training?
A: Every team member will receive a 2-day training in Amsterdam before being sent into the field. We have a team of experienced social workers and missionaries who are responsible for training and debriefing participants. We will make sure every person is trained adequately to minister on this trip and have the best experience possible. Additionally, each team leader may choose to conduct additional trainings before launching.
Q: How can my friends and family be praying and receive updates about what is going on?
A: In addition to our regular email updates and social media posts the base leaders are responsible for updating the Engage the Crisis Facebook page with current prayer requests and information. (Facebook.com/engagethecrisis)
Q: How do I plan to pay for everything?
- A: Each participant is responsible for raising his or her own support for the trip. We will provide training in how to do this before the trip.