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Northview Church Nicaragua GO Trip

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015

Group Picturephoto by Cory Shively


In a way, “GO Trip” sounds like a redundant term, doesn’t it?  If you take a trip, you certainly go somewhere.  If you go somewhere, you must make a trip of some sort.  In this case, GO stands for “Global Outreach.”  Christians in many countries live in areas that are either very poor or underserved.  They have many needs that might go unfulfilled without the aid of other Christians around the world who come alongside to serve them.

In June, Dave Choutka, Northview’s Greater Lafayette Campus Pastor, led a GO Trip to Managua, Nicaragua. He made his first trip to Nicaragua in 2009, along with the previous outreach pastor, K. Paul Maurer.  During this trip the two learned how Northview could better partner with the people there. Reflecting on that trip, Choutka says, “I felt drawn to be a part of what God was doing in Nicaragua from that first trip.” Since then, he has led a team to Nicaragua each of the last six years, three of which were student trips comprised of students from Northview’s Student Ministry.

This past trip was extra special for Choutka; he was asked to officiate the wedding of a couple he had met on a previous trip to Nicaragua.  Two years ago, Choutka met Ever and Norary, as he helped build their home.  He stayed in touch with the couple and throughout the past two years has seen their lives transformed as they accepted Christ into their lives.

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2015


It was my first job in the profession I’d dreamed of having since high school. I worked in mental health for several years with my Bachelor’s degree then made the decision to take the plunge and return to grad school for a Masters in Social Work. After four years of slogging through full time work, part time school, commuting to class, early mornings and late nights, plus having my first child, I had finally made it. I was working as a counselor in a mental health clinic. And this was my first meeting with my new boss.

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66 Hands at the Fishers Campus Barn Demolition

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015

photo by Mike Pollock

photo by Mike Pollock


According to Romans 8:28, God works all things together for our good. This includes good and bad experiences in our lives, and as of recently, even deteriorating barns. Jim Ray from the Northview Church Fishers Campus states, “The barn demolition project was the brainchild of Pastor John Smith with the goal of repurposing the siding of an old barn.” The materials from the barn will be used for the Family Framework Legacy Wall in the entrance to the Northview Kids area of the Fishers campus. The iconic wall is a visual reminder to parents about how much time they have left to make an impact on their kids.

Acquiring the permission to tear the barn down wasn’t a quick or easy task, but through a lot of prayer and collaboration with numerous people in various roles, Smith’s vision became a reality.

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