Stories

By Todd Fredrickson The rain was relentless and blew in sideways before a gale-force wind. Water dripped through a seam in the canvas awning and onto our table, our dishes, and, for some of us, our laps. And while the feast was indeed sumptuous, with lamb chops...

By Susan Spencer After deciding I needed to turn my life around, I broke off my relationship with my boyfriend of ten years. We were not married, and I knew our relationship wasn't pleasing to God. I had stepped away from the Lord and was now wanting...

By Pam Mullen I have been part of Northshore for more than thirty years. For some of the last several years I had been in a leadership position and was part of a long-running prayer group. But years of heartbreak and discouragement about unanswered prayer had unnerved...

By Gloria Califf My husband and I had been married for almost thirty-three years, and together had raised our three children. We were beginning to look forward to the retirement years, enjoying a bit of traveling and diving further into ministry. But twelve years ago, my...

By Sheryl Madden, Volunteer Storyteller Four years ago, Natalie and her family walked through the doors of Northshore to participate in Toy Shop. She didn’t know what to expect, but she was referred to Toy Shop through her children’s school and they were thankful to be...

By Annie Symons My experiences in Bohol changed my life. God revealed so many things to me and ignited a passion in my heart to serve people from different cultures. Even though I couldn't speak the language of the communities my team was serving, I met such...

Written by Brandon Shuman, Pastor of Worship Years ago I was leading worship at a youth camp. I was rehearsing with the band on stage when I felt God telling me to put my guitar down, walk through a specific exit door (there were three doors to choose...

Written by Sarah Ena, Director of Elementary The time I spent in India this past summer forever changed my life. In August, I traveled to Central India and stayed at a safe haven for over one hundred Banchada girls and thirty boys, called House of Palms. For...

Written by Tobin Burgess, volunteer storyteller A little over two years ago, Jackie and Joe Giardino walked through the front doors of Northshore to see what it was all about. Swarms of people were entering the building at the same time, and they were quickly routed...

By Tobin Burgess When I was eleven years old, I attended a summer camp and found myself overlooking a majestic view of sunlight sparkling off the rippling waves of this camp’s lake. For the first time, I was in awe of God’s creation, and I felt...

By Tobin Burgess, Volunteer Storyteller January 3, 2014, seemed like any other Saturday for Brittany Moyer, until the moment her husband announced he no longer loved her and wanted a divorce. In one instant, her world turned upside down. Feeling stunned and overwhelmed, she had no...

By Gregg Eilers In the summer of 2013 our family hosted sisters Anna and Marina, ages eleven and twelve, from an orphanage in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine. After seven years in the orphanage, they came to us through a program run by Northshore's Natasha and...

Written by Jonathan Wolfgang When I introduce myself, I sometimes playfully say, “I’m Wolfgang and I work here…” But the truth is, being at Northshore is far more than a job to me; Northshore is my family. It’s where my wife, Lori, and I give, worship, serve,...

Written by Tobin Burgess In July of 2015, a knife accidentally dropped on Kristin Engen’s toe and severed 90 percent of her tendon. Kristin was rushed to the hospital, where the emergency room doctor told her she needed to be off her feet for a full month....

Written by Jake Goetze If we could jump back in time exactly one year ago, you’d see me a little after midnight in my garage. I was alone with a jigsaw, cutting out pieces to fit onto the stage of my church…my first project since returning to...

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