We are just going to be super cliché here. Time flies. One year ago, we stepped off of a plane and started our new lives as church planting missionaries in Germany, and it has been a whirlwind ever since.
There is so much to be celebrated from this past year, so we have gathered a collection of things we are proud to have been a part of. Here goes!
- We knew our lives would be a bit more cosmopolitan here, but we had no idea just how much. Since we arrived in Germany, we have developed relationships with people from Germany, Iran, Australia, Tunisia, Syria, Turkey, Italy, South Korea, Afghanistan, China, Sudan, Portugal, Brazil, Poland, and Kosovo. It is absolutely mind-boggling, and now we really appreciate that “every tribe and tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”
- We have completed four language courses and some private tutoring, and we are all at a pretty high level of fluency, especially considering that we have only been here a year. We are also confident communicating the foundational aspects of Christianity in German, which is leading to more and more conversations about Jesus. Learning German has been a source of fun rather than stress on most occasions.
- We have quickly planted roots in our local community. Cade has blossomed in the local Kindergarten, Nick is coaching Cade’s soccer team (which is also incredibly international), and Mallorie is part of a mom’s group with Clara.
- God has blessed us with meaningful friendships with Christians and non-Christians. One of our fears before we came was that we would be lonely and wanting for intimate relationships, especially for Mallorie, the resident extrovert in our marriage. However, God has richly provided wonderful people for us to befriend, and our social calendar is always full.
Now we want to give you a peek into what the next year will look like for us. Some plans are really coming together, and we look forward to more specific vision casting in the future.
- We will continue working with Christus Gemeinde Laatzen and Christus Gemeinde Hannover in different capacities. With the Laatzen church, we look forward to expanding home groups and working on a curriculum for the groups to study. With the Hannover church, we look forward to serving in different capacities, but especially in a massive community outreach undertaking in the form of a musical comedy production. Nick is leading the choir for the play, and Mallorie will be playing the part of the Queen of England. Yes, there will be pictures and video.
- We are shoring up on our knowledge of other religions. We are encountering a lot of other religions here, particularly Buddhism/New Age and Islam, and we want to be able to minister to those people more effectively. We anticipate this being a big focus during our next year of ministry, especially considering some of the relationships we have begun to develop.
- A lot of Christians don’t know how to share the gospel. That’s something that will drive our future here. Be on the lookout for a post about this in the next week!
- What we have come to learn about life in Germany is that it is very relationally-driven. Your ability to speak candidly about important things is in direct correlation with how close your relationship to someone is. Because of that, we want to focus on the block where we live. We want to grow a community that becomes the core group of people with whom we do life: from grocery shopping to double date nights to going to the park to throw Frisbee.
This is just a glimpse into our year past and our year ahead, and we are so excited to be a part of what God is doing here in Germany.
We want to say a special thank you to everyone who has supported us in the last year (and the year before as we prepared to come here), whether it was through prayer, encouragement, or financial support.
Right now we are still about $400 short of what we really need every month. God has richly blessed us in this area, and since we arrived, almost every month has been covered by unexpected gifts. We are constantly blown away by his goodness. We would like to ask two things of you:
1) Would you give a special Deutsch-inversary gift today? This money will go into our ministry account to be used for things like training and bigger expenses (ministry opportunities, reporting trips, etc.). If you would like to do that, you can click here and donate right now. All donations are tax-deductible through our organization, Kontaktmission.
2) Would you become a monthly partner in our ongoing ministry here in Germany? No amount is too big or too small, but it adds up to keeping us here on the field. The money our monthly partners give goes directly toward our salary here, pays for all the day-to-day ministry we do, particularly the hospitality ministry that is our focus right now as we build relationships, and helping Kontaktmission manage all the nitty gritty details (i.e. taxes) so that we can focus on the gospel. Again, these donations are tax-deductible, and it is super easy to sign up. Just send in this form with a voided check, and your donations can be automatically deducted each month. If you’d rather not do an automatic deduction, you can click here for other ways to donate.
So as we celebrate today, we want to say, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” We love being here and sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we couldn’t do that without each of you. Here’s to many more!