In Europe, it takes a long-term commitment to see lives changed. We first met S… when Chelli was pregnant with Sadie. She attended one of Chelli’s first teacher training seminars.
We were overjoyed when we discovered that she would be Sadie's grade school teacher. Our relationship has continued to develop and she has attended various special services over the years, such as Sadie's baptism.
Easter Sunday, S… brought her son and future daughter-in-law to the services. Her daughter-in-law was raised in a Baptist home and didn't want to miss Easter services.
The sermon started with the concept of the Resurrection in the Old Testament followed by its realization in Mark 16, and then by the clarifications of Paul and Peter. The Gospel was clear and powerful. God had to die and resurrect to complete the promises of the OT! He's is the offering! We must repent of our attempts at self-justification (religion) and believe the good news that everything Christ did fulfilled the scriptures.
S… later commented that her son and his fiancé loved the services and plan to visit again the next time they are in town. The daughter-in-law even offered to play our long still piano. S... then excitedly added that she would also attend! After 15 years of planting and watering, this is great news! Faithful persistence pays. Repeatedly, we have experienced God move in the hearts of people. Never at the rate that man desires, but He is patient.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Pet 3:9)
R… continues to grow in the Lord. We had a wonderful opportunity to connect him with believers from his homeland. Big thanks to a gracious host: Jürgen Notz and a pastor that spoke the right language. Our refugee convert, R..., had a three-hour discipleship session. I asked him if he had learned anything new. He said, "some", but much of what he received I had taught in our discipleship. The benefit was the depth of understanding that came from hearing it in his own mother tongue. Thanks to my former Missions professor, Ken Liles, whose footsteps are the course of action. Also, thanks to George Dimakos, whose Greek church had the outreach and forethought to send a team to Germany.
Our hope is to connect him with believers from his homeland here in Germany and see how God will use his love of Jesus to draw more to faith in Christ.
Please pray for our transportation needs. The transmission went out and sheared off the cv joint in the process. The cost of repairs is yet unknown.
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Paul, Chelli and the Sudbrock Kids.