Published: Friday, April 21 2017 09:21
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.
Thanks so much for your support!
Paul, Chelli and the Sudbrock Kids.
Published: Tuesday, January 31 2017 20:20
The last few months have been full. Christmas activities included a Christmas Tea, taking in a Christmas Service in Berlin, and our regular service on Christmas Day.
Skyler was able to be home with us at Christmas and we were also blessed to include R…., a refugee convert, in our family celebrations. It was his first time to celebrate the birth of his Lord and Savior. He was taken back by the giving spirit that embodies Christmas. His gifts were a combination of gifts given by our family, church family and members of our support team in America who gave extra.Read more: The Highs and the Lows
Published: Thursday, April 14 2016 12:54
I received an interesting call from one of Chelli’s English students who has been helping refugees learn German. He requested an appointment to bring some of these men to meet me. The reason was so out of the ordinary that I was uncertain what to expect. We set the time and date and began to prepare by gathering materials and consulting with other pastors and missionaries. I knew that the men spoke very little German and some English, but knew little more about them.Read more: An Appointment Please
Published: Friday, November 11 2016 20:29
The first one has left the nest. Soon after school vacation, we took Skyler to Berlin and dropped him off at college. Releasing him was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. He is tenderhearted, combined with a strong sense of duty. We are very excited to see him seeking and following the Lord's leadership for his life. Please pray for him.
R....has also missed Skyler’s companionship and fellowship. We are continually encouraged by R….’s continued learning and growth. He has served as an example to others who are "comfortable" in their faith. His discipleship to this point has covered the teachings of Salvation, Eternal Security, The Spiritual Battle and the Holy Spirit. This last week he suggested an apologetical answer to a response we received to the Persian tract which he helped to develop.Read more: One Flew the Coop…
Published: Sunday, February 21 2016 17:33
For years I have been going to the Hospital cafeteria praying and ministering to whomever the Lord sends my way. I have met many different sorts of people with various problems, questions, and needs. Usually, people are polite and open. There are the exceptions. The heart of man can be an open door or a vault locked as airtight as Ft. Knox.
This past week I experienced the miraculous opening of such a heart. She is a middle-aged lady, I would guess mid 50’s. I have tried on many an occasion to communicate with her to no avail.Read more: The Key to the Human Heart
Published: Sunday, July 31 2016 20:43
Serenity gave a super testimony in which she shared the Gospel and her faith walk with the Lord to a full house at her Modern Day Princess Ceremony. Many who were amazed as to the scriptural depth and maturity were also surprised to learn that she wrote her speech without any pastoral oversight.
My mother came to visit us for two months. What a blessing!Read more: Since our last Letter…
Published: Sunday, December 13 2015 21:50
The last few months have been full of transitions. In our area, two refugee centers were opened providing new ministry opportunities. I quickly made friends with the refugees, the volunteers and the administration. Over the last few months, I have been on call as camp chaplain and God gave many opportunities to witness to the refugees and staff. So many doors have been opened. Due to the refugees’ needs, our church’s name has been associated with caring, helping and most importantly the Gospel. The Government had made plans to close the camp. Today (12.12.15), I went out to the camp and with tears and passed out the newly arrived NTs to all the men there. They received them happily with hugs and many thanks. The NTs have the plan of salvation in the fly leaf. I have truly enjoyed praying, ministering, discipling, and working with these men. May God’s Spirit continue grow the seed of salvation in each heart! I can’t wait to see the harvest of the seeds sown! UPDATE - Thankfully, the officials relented and the camp is going to stay open!Read more: Transitions