I heard about Great Adventure Ministries through Sozo Coffeehouse shortly after moving to Omaha. In previous places I have lived I went out of my way to avoid the Christian crowd, however I decided to give the ministry a chance after hearing about the trips and activities they went on (skiing, skydiving, motorcycle riding, humanitarian trips, etc)—the “Adventure” part of Great Adventure Ministries! While that’s what got me through the door, the community is why I stayed. Within a few days I was invited to people’s homes for dinner, taken country dancing, and asked to be on the worship team. I was even invited to join some of them for a weekend trip to Chicago! The immediate openness and friendship was a refreshing change for me. I had grown accustomed to the idea that “Christian” equated to hypocrisy, judgement, and discord, but I found none of that at GAMe.
I have been part of the ministry since March of 2015, participated in multiple trips including a week in Guatemala doing humanitarian work, and now organize service projects for the Omaha area. The sense of Biblical based community here is something that was severely lacking previously in my life. Having a circle of friends who positively influence me on a daily basis has greatly improved my view of Christians as well as my walk with God.
I happened upon Great Adventure Ministries through its coffee shop, “Sozo.” After noticing the Christian themed artwork on the walls, I asked the barista, Alysha, if Sozo was a Christian organization. She and a man named Chad proceeded to tell me about the Bible Study that meets there. At this point I was just starting my senior year of high school, and was looking for a mature place to learn more about my faith apart from the typical youth group setting. I decided to attend a night of study, and found a wonderful community of caring, wise, and fun people to call friends! I loved the element of spiritual diversity represented in each of the small groups. All different churches, childhood backgrounds, and lifestyles coming together to talk about what can unite us: the Bible.
I soon became involved in the worship team, and now am one of many small group leaders as well as a barista for Sozo and the administrative assistant for Great Adventure Ministries. Whether you are a young college student or a young professional, this Bible study will challenge you to examine your beliefs and put them into action, all while surrounding you with a supportive network of friends. I highly encourage you to come check it out! Just click the “G” icon at the top of the page to head to our events calendar.