Before the Adventures Begin

Hallo meine Freunde!

If you don’t know me, my name is Jess Smith. I’m the appointed blogger for the team, and while we aren’t leaving for another week and a half, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to everyone. I am planning on updating the blog on a biweekly basis, so feel free to subscribe using your email if you’d like to stay updated along the way.

Also, in case you aren’t familiar with what it is exactly that we’re doing, here’s a brief refresher. On June 1, my team and I will fly to Cologne, Germany for a two month internship with Greater Europe Mission (GEM). We will have a couple of established contacts with other GEM missionaries in the area. At this time, we don’t have a lot of specifics as far as to what our day to day activities will look like, but we do know that we will be doing a combination of work with refugees living in the area and German speaking people. That being said, here’s my lovely team.

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Emily Pacchioli

Year: Rising Senior

Major: Viola Performance and Pedagogy

Hopes for the Summer: As part of the Cologne GEM team this summer, I hope to grow in my understanding of how practicing hospitality and sharing musical gifts might send people to Jesus. I am also eager to learn and share as much about languages and food as I am able to!

Prayer Request: Please pray that my team and I would grow in our understanding of Jesus’ perfect love for us, in a way that equips us to turn and love those we are surrounded by. Pray that we would be filled with the Spirit, and strengthened for every good work


Sophia Lichen

Year: Rising Sophomore

Major: Applied Math/Pre-Law

Hopes for the Summer: I love art especially Monet and Van Gogh, so I would love to see some art if I get the chance!

Prayer Request: My prayer requests for this summer are that I will have a humble and joyful attitude while we are there and that I will be open to sharing the gospel with the people I meet. Danke und bis bald.


Anna Mason

Year: Rising Sophomore

Major: International Relations

Hopes for the Summer: Though I’m sure our time will be filled with triumphs and challenges, I am so grateful for this opportunity to build cross-cultural relationships and share and experience the love of Christ with new friends.

Prayer Request: I would love prayer for patience and grace amidst language differences and culture shock.


Jess Smith

Year: Rising Sophomore

Major: Communication and Bible/Theology

Hopes for the Summer: I am really excited for the opportunity to live amongst another culture and learn as much as possible while I’m there! I’ve always loved to travel, but this is my first time in Europe.

Prayer Request: I have a couple of chronic health conditions that can be debilitating, so please pray that I would be strengthened and able to function well.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!



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