rebelling against low expectations

Switzerland Trip


The Rebelution is spreading among French-speaking teens! We just returned from spending time in Switzerland and France where Do Hard Things was just published by Éditions Clé and the Institut Biblique de Genéve.

The Institute Biblique de Genéve hosted our event, bringing together nearly 1,000 Christian teens from Switzerland and France for a weekend of worship and teaching. We spoke in English, with a translator — a wonderful Frenchman, Pascal Vermes. In the Sunday afternoon session we shared the stories of Zach Hunter, Jaime Colman, and Austin Gutwein.

We picked up a little French — and a lot of young people could speak some English — but we were helped by our new friend Jerome (see picture above). His signs say (in French), “Free translations! Do not fear the language barrier!”

Switzerland was a beautiful country and a place where God is working! Make sure you check out the French Rebelution website — — and pray for all the rebelutionaries in Europe.

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Alex and Brett Harris

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.


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  • Wow that looks like it was awesome! I’m so glad that the Rebelution is realy starting to spread across the world! 🙂

  • That is so neat! I am so excited that this movement of our generation is moving across the world! God is so good.

  • It looks as if the conference went VERY well. Praise God! May your book continue to be a light in the darkest places of Europe.
    In Christ,

  • I’d been praying the weekend would go well. Really happy about the feedback friends have given me.

    Just a correction, your link to the French website has one too many “t’s” in http.

    Carry on!

  • Wow, that is REALLY neat – what a fantastic opportunity!! I have always loved different languages, and it’s so neat to see the rebelutionary message being spread in annother language!!

  • Wow! I am so glad that it went well! (Did I repeat anything others said? 🙂 ) But didn’t you guys go to Sudia Arabia os some place like that? If so then the Rebelution has already spread!

  • Wow, I love the look of the French version of the book. That’s interesting that the title is: “Generation Challenge”. 🙂 Yes, God is working mightily in America, Switzerland, and all over the world!

  • Wow! That’s really awesome! 🙂

    I was wondering…who did the translation from English to French for the book? I know there were some Rebelutionaries who were translating or something; just curious. 🙂

  • It is amzing that this message is reaching so many; it has changed my life and will change many more I know. Soli Deo Gloria!!!

  • Wow, I want one of those book!

    Have you guys thought about doing it in Spanish, that also would be awesome, I know alot of people who cold use it.

    Great Job!

    Soli Deo Gloria

  • This is so exciting to see! I’m overjoyed that the message of the Rebelution is spreading into Europe (we need it badly here). I enjoyed all the pictures, too… I’m probably not the only one who was hankering to see a picture of Alex and his lovely bride!
    I join all the other rebelutionaries in saying Soli Deo Gloria!

  • Wow, that is so awesome to see! It’s wonderful knowing how God is working in the lives of teens not only in America, but in plenty of other countries as well!
    Talk about young people changing the world!

    God is so amazing! I was overjoyed seeing how my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ are also restless to do something for God!

    All glory to God!

    In Christ,
    Gal. 1:10

  • @John – I meant the translation for the actual book, not the conference Alex and Brett did. 😉

  • Thanks for sharing. I think we all love seeing getting the back story and “in the trenches” look at how it’s going. I know it’s always an encouragement for me and what I’m doing.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

  • It’s always a great encouragement for me to hear that there are brothers and sisters in Christ all around the world who stand with us! Thanks for the pics guys!

  • Fantastic! Switzerland is very beautiful, love it there. But seeing what God is doing is much more awe inspiring! Have you any plans for going into other countries?

  • Wow! It’s really beautiful! It sounds like you had a ton of fun! Did anyone come to know Jesus?

    (It’s also really cool that you got to see where John Calvin lived and preached! :D)

  • wow!!! looks like an amazing time and congrats again on your new book!! Thats so awesome you were able to talk with the teens over there!! Super cool!

  • WOW! Thanks for posting these pictures! It’s so amazing to see God’s work through the Rebelution spreading to reach teens all over the world! Again, wow!

    God bless!

  • Thank you so much for coming ! We were so blessed by your presence and with what the Lord said through you !

    Thank you for your prayers for us French teens, we really appreciate them !

  • That’s awesome that the word is spreading around. I checked out the French site, and no offense, but I like the design on that one better. But, that’s just me. I like flash!

  • This is so awesome! I just marvel at how many people are doing hard things!! It is very encouraging to see!

    Thanks Camden for the link… I will check it out!

  • This is very neat! God works amazingly.

    I also wanted to know if anyone else recieved an email about the cancellation of the BarlowGirl/Rebelution Conference in Hoffman Estates. I was excited to go, and didn’t see anything on the blog that confirmed that it was cancelled, so I wanted to see if it was spam?? or if it was real. I hope it wasn’t, but I’ll get over it if it’s true. I still have the books… and dvds will be available after the first conference, right??


  • Switzerland is beautiful, and I’m so glad you were able to go there. Thank you for the work you are doing!

  • that’s awesome!! how can we order the french version? a few people in my family speak french fluently, and they are always looking for french books….

  • Thats so great, guys! 😀 Keep up the great work…. hey, maybe you could come to Australia one time- that would be so GREAT!

  • I’m so thankful to God for the work He’s done in not only reaching the US, but the French with the truth of DO HARD THINGS. I’m learning French and have always hoped for an opportunity to share what I’ve learned, so this was really encouraging to read. Way to Go, Guys! Praise God. =)

  • Wow thats beautiful! My Dad went to Switzerland and took a bunch of photos. He went waaaaay up to the tip of a mountain. There’s snow up there even in the summer!

  • Being the person who invited Alex & Brett to Switzerland I just wanted to thank you all for praying for the weekend. Our French version of the rebelution web site is up and running and we are excited by the response. We are having many requests in for the book and also follow-up meetings with regional youth groups are in preparation! If you want a French version of the book, go to our web site :

  • Hi guys ! Just wanted to thank you for all you shared during this week-end ! I was there ; i had a few words with Alex’s wife, helped Brett with his French. Great times ! Now, the “movment” his growing in France and in Schwitzerland.

    I’ll be soon in charge of the communication of the french website and of the movement. I pray that God gives us all the wisdom which is necessary to make the right choices for His glory !

  • wow that’s awesome! Especially since my christian friends just moved to switzerland, I can’t wait to tell them about this!

  • Wow! That must have been an amazing experience. What a neat way to spread the gospel! I’ll be praying for ya’ll.

    In Christ,

    Hannah 🙂

  • That’s really neat! Is that Alex’s wife (or girlfriend?) in that picture of Alex and Brett? She looks really sweet!

  • Aww how sweet. i do although have to say i am jealous of courtney! i have been to one of the conferences and i fell for alex. he is so sweet and gentle… then i heard about courntey. oh well lucky chic!

  • How wonderful! Being from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, this is awesome news!! Though I don’t know the rebellution that well, I know it’s a great message and ministry more people need to hear about. 🙂
    It’s very encouraging to hear it’s spreading across language barriers – and starting in Switzerland of all places!! 😉
    God bless you in your work for Him.

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