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One Flew the Coop…

StadtfestThe 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.

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Since our last Letter…

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!

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Transitions

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!

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An Appointment Please

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.

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Back to being a Child

I had a wonderful trip to my childhood.  As a young person, nothing was more precious to me then meeting Jesus on my knees, having Him use me in unexplainable and sometimes radical ways.  Soon after trusting Christ, he used me, as a little boy, to lead an adult to Him.  Man was I excited!  As ministry can become a thing you do rather than a miracle that God is doing with you, so have I at times sensed the wonder of my childlike fascination, dependence and joy, becoming foggy through the stresses of adulthood.

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The Key to the Human Heart

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. 

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“I will not have anyone tell me what I “must” do.”

This is the statement that a man recently gave me as a reason for not wanting to believe in Jesus.  After hours of answering all kinds of questions about God spanning from “Christianity” in History to God’s very existence.  In the end, this was his holdout.  “I was told what I must do throughout my childhood, youth and as a young adult in the former GDR.  No one will tell me what I must do.”

After explaining that Christ is the exclusive Way, Truth and Life as the only means to the Father, I gave him this example; “I don’t know how to get to your house and you tell me to follow you, but I refuse, as I don’t want anyone telling me what to do.  Will I find your house?”  This example got him thinking.  Please pray for Mr. R.   Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to remind him of his need.

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