Jasmine Benson, The Master’s College

“These last three months have permanently left an imprint on my heart and I can say that I actually do feel German”

This semester and the European History, Geography & Culture course has allowed me to grow in my spiritual walk with Christ because I have been pushed past my comfort zones. Traveling for three months time without my parents or the comforts of my own home, friends, and places allowed me to dive into God’s Word with a different view. I wanted to grow in the gospel to further my discipleship in other countries. God called us to make disciples of all the nations and being able to learn the culture and religious aspects of Germany helped me understand the people and culture better. I learned that God is a big God who really can handle everything at

“God called us to make disciples of all the nations and being able to learn the culture and religious aspects of Germany helped me understand the people and culture better.”

every time, anywhere. I used to not think that much outside America, let alone California so I realized I only was thankful for or prayed for the things and places I knew.  But God is everywhere and everyone needs to hear His Word which is partially why I was sent here. I thought I would not have a lot of time to connect with Germans or let alone tell them about God but He has definitely provided opportunities. I truly believe it was God’s divine appointment for me to be here and He has worked not only in my life but in the lives of the other girls who are studying here too. This semester was important because I got to learn so much from different professors all over America from Reformation to Art History, and Christian Worldview to the Third Reich. The Master’s College does a great job in every class that is offered but this experience allowed me to take a hands-on approach which is how I like to learn.

“The classes have challenged me in ways I never imagined”

These last three months have permanently left an imprint on my heart and I can say that I actually do feel German. The people I have met have changed my life, the classes have challenged me in ways I never imagined and the relationships I have formed will be difficult to break because my friends here are the only ones who will understand how this experience has grown me and changed me for the better. Studying abroad can be a tough decision but the opportunity is one that can never be taken back. Germany has become a huge part of my life and I can’t imagine my life without it now.

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