Published: Friday, September 21 2018 19:41
Jesus is the Greek version of our Lord’s name. In Hebrew, it is pronounced Jeshua.
Jeshua’s message for salvation is two part; repent and believe. Both are the combination to unlock salvation. They are also two related words in Hebrew.Read more: What is a Name?
Published: Saturday, September 01 2018 06:46
The Impossible is Possible
Has someone told you that what you were planning was impossible, that you are crazy for even trying or that you should leave something to the professionals?
Hearing something like that might invoke anger inside you, frustration and/ or self-doubt.
Hi, my name is Serenity Sudbrock and I am an MK to eastern Germany. Living within a culture known for its negative view on life and ingenuity a cultural habit causing them to be one of the last leading European countries to enter into the industrial revolution and still causes the scientists to move to less restricting countries rather than try to get by the German bureaucracy to work on different scientific studies.
I experienced exactly this last summer. I had planned all my weeks except ten days in which I was going to rest. I had felt called to every activity chosen for these precious six weeks of summer break.
Yet as soon as someone inquired whether I was certain that planning these weeks so full was a good idea, I started doubting my decision, wondering if it was truly such a good idea. I mean… I am heading into the qualification stage for my Abitur (a type of European Bachelorette). I NEED to rest up.!!!! I NEED to prepare! I NEED my down time!!! What was I thinking? I started to drown in a swirl of self-doubt, wondering if anything I have ever set my mind to was actually a good idea. This wasn't to be my first attack either. Within the next few weeks, I was to hear from multiple people who I truly admire and look up to, that I was planning the impossible. Resigning to my stubbornness on the issue they would tell me they hoped nothing bad happened; usually naming exactly that which might go wrong. Seeing, as Germans have the habit of making sure that their predictions of bad fortune come true, I was relieved to know that none of them were involved in the planning of my trips or coming along. Despite all this, I felt deflated. I knew that they always have something negative to say and that I shouldn’t let it get to me. But what if they were right?
Despite all of that, I started preparing for the bible music camp where I was going to be a counselor. The theme was David and Goliath. So, I started to read first and second Samuel, asking myself, “What made David a man after God’s own heart? What was the difference between him and Saul? What made Saul so bitter?”
While reading, I noticed David’s constant inquiries of the Lord whether he should pursue a certain plan or goal. Letting God have part in every detail. Even though he had already had so much success in this field he continually asked for guidance, always relying on the Lord and not on his own judgment. This is where Saul had failed he was anointed and called to be King over Israel, but somewhere along the way he forgot who truly is King.
So, I started analyzing my life: “Had I inquired of the Lord? Yes, I had. But what had he said?” I couldn’t remember. It was a large fuzzy mess and since I hadn’t been writing my prayers down lately, I couldn’t read and find out either. I went crazy.
Finally, I sat down and reflected and prayed in peace opening the Bible to 2.Samuel 5:19.
“And David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.”
Much like all the other inquiries.
I continued reading... and again, he inquires…
“ 23And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. 24And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines. 25And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.”
Reading this, I could feel the Lord speaking directly to me. Yes, this was what he had planned for me and yes, he would make it possible. For this fight is a holy one and he will stand by my side through it all.
Deuteronomy 31:8 “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”
I turned up the cassette player, (yes some of us crazy Missionaries still use them^^) and let uplifting music blare throughout the whole house while I sang along and joyfully cleaned the apartment.
The next couple weeks turned out to be exactly the right thing. I spent a week at chemistry camp and was able to witness to two kids from my school who now attend my weekly bible study. If I would have listened to the attacks telling me that it was a waste of my time and I was too stupid to be spending the week in a collage lab, that never would have happened. The next week at Bible camp, I was able to give my testimony and help lead the song service. We had 25 kids come to the Lord. What if I had listened to the Devil’s whispers telling me that I wouldn’t know how to deal with those kids? And last but not least, my medical missions trip to Peru, for which I received the most criticism: “Do you know what you are doing to our environment? Is one week really worth it? What kind of medical experience do you have? Why are you even going, that’s so far and dangerous!!? Uhm, is your Spanish good enough for that?” Despite my minimal self-taught Spanish skills and only being an EMT, I was able to help people. Within four days we saw over 900 patients and had around 250 confessions of faith, while planting spiritual seeds in those cities and plowing fields for the missionaries in Peru. I also made connections to other medical missionaries and found my calling to ring true.
I know, it was the right thing to do. I understand now that if I’m not careful and allow the spiritual warfare rage, I may forget why I even went and start to doubt again. But God knows, why he does what he does. We can be sure that he has a plan for us.
Don’t let you self doubt stand in the way of the Lords work, rather use it to draw nearer to him and find your joy and purpose in his glorious grace.
Published: Wednesday, July 18 2018 15:08
The last months have been filled with activity. Chelli had warned me not to make any new appointments, and rightly so. Every week was filled to the brim.
Our youngest celebrated her Modern Day Princess Ceremony at church. It was very exciting to see our Sadie celebrating coming of age. We charged her to strive for truth and wisdom, to bloom where God has her now to gather the strength for the next phase of her life, to let Jesus shine in and through her, to never forget the goal and who she belongs to and to guard her heart.
Luther’s’ Wedding Festival was exciting. Again, this year we passed out more than a thousand pieces of Christian literature and tracts along with individual conversations about Christ. The opportunity to point masses of people to Christ during this celebration is so rewarding. One conversation led to a young man, T…, receiving Christ. His first question was, do you really believe that God exists. What an open door to share Christ! Later that evening. He approached me and stated, “if I don’t see you again here on earth, I will see you in the life to come!” Praise God for His Spirits’ working and His salvation.
Samantha graduated. Such an emotional time of watching our first daughter stretching her wings. She leaves the end of August to go work in a Baptist Children’s Home in South Africa. Please pray for her needed financial support. There is still much to do in preparation for her 11 months abroad.
Preparation were finalized for Serenity to go to Peru on a Medical Missions Trip. We are excited to see our children have such a strong desire to follow the Lord in planning the direction of their lives!
Skyler’s return to Wittenberg. Skyler is coming home to study in Coswig. His goal is to be a lay Pastor supporting our work here in Wittenberg. He will be training to be a Journeyman Cabinet Maker and later a Building engineer.
All this while building a new storage garage to replace our little rotting shed at the church. Oh, 4 more weeks until my “Hebrew A” final exam. My brain is trying to grasp the relative concept of Hebrew verb forms. I am signed up for Biblical Hebrew B and I am pushing off the start date to Feb, 2019 in hopes of solidifying what I have learned.
Thanks so much for your support!
Paul, Chelli and the Sudbrock Kids.
Published: Monday, June 18 2018 14:59
My name is Samantha Jewel Sudbrock. I am the oldest daughter of Paul Sudbrock, missionary serving in Wittenberg, Germany. I would like to thank you for your continual prayers. It is such a blessing to us. We thank God for your support as it enables us to continue reaching out to the people of Germany.
Growing up in Germany, as an MK, has taught me to observe different aspects of culture, mentality, and tradition. I believe that through the specific conditions in which God has chosen for me to grow up in, He has given me a set of skills and an understanding of cultural differences, that I otherwise may never have been able to acquire. I am also very grateful for being able to grow up in this deprived Christian environment, because I believe that God used this to form a strong bond with my family members. Being an MK I have learned to trust that God has a plan for me and will take care of my needs. But of course, part of following God’s will for my life is taking leaps in faith and believing, that God will provide.
I will be graduating high school this June with my European Baccalaureate. With this part of my life coming to an end, a new one is beginning with God at the helm. He has opened a new door for me to work for a year in Empangeni, South Africa, with a Baptist missionary couple in a Children’s Home and soup kitchen. Many of the children in the orphanage come from families where one or both parents have contracted Aids. At the orphanage, teaching the children English and leading them in afterschool activities. I will also be helping the teachers at the school occasionally and going on visitation, where we will be helping the families directly in their homes.
While staying there I hope to learn much about the culture and lifestyle of the people who live there; but most of all I wish to use this year to grow stronger in my relationship with Christ and to be able to integrate teaching others with witnessing to them as well. I’m eager to experience the many more occasions in which God will teach me and allow me to grow.
The organization I will be working with is able to only partially support my stay, therefore I am required to raise some of the necessary funds for the outreach myself. For this great step towards serving God in the field of missions I however must ask for your assistance. Right now I am looking at the need to raise funds of an estimated 4,300 Euro ( estimated amount in $) for my 1 year stay in Africa.
I do believe God has set me on this path. I love working with children, playing and singing music, drawing and sketching, and I’ve found a great interest for working with videos and film clips. I also have a great respect for my parent’s ministry as missionaries. With these many interests I have never been sure how I would be able to use them in service to God. But I believe this year in South Africa will serve as a perfect way to see what God has planned for my future. I am so excited to be able to serve God with fellow Christians like this and I can’t wait to see, what He has in store for me.
For the sake of transparency, I will be setting up a blog on Facebook which I will be updating regularly with videos, pictures and reports about my mission trip. I do believe God will do much in this coming year. The very thought of Him working through me fills me with joy and anticipation.
Would you ask God if it is His will for you to partner with me in this ministry this year? Please send through my
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Samantha Jewel Sudbrock
Published: Thursday, April 19 2018 21:07
There are many “good things” that can replace the right thing. Jesus came to “seek and to save”. He commanded us to take the Gospel for which he suffered, died and resurrected to secure. It goes way beyond a “Commission”. It is a command to, in the process of going, MAKE disciples, BAPTIZE them and to TEACH them. Making disciples is eternally essential. Anything stressed or placed before it, is contrary to it. The “good” cannot replace the right and remain good. The other two are ordered, foundational and biblical, but not essential to eternal life. It is sad, how many lesser-degree “good” things, that are not foundational and biblical but rather are interpretive or traditional and can be simply the dictates of man, become so important to the religious. Jesus, the disciples and the early churches contended with such things. We are no different. We must always evaluate our lives and ministries to align them with the simplicity of the Gospel. See https://goo.gl/rKcHSw
Soul winning in Wittenberg often consists of going to a sit-down bakery, coffee shop, Café or the hospital. Any opportunity to meet people and share Christ is the right thing. One recent visit to a local bakery for a coffee, cheese cake and Hebrew studies caught the attention of Wolfgang. He is a gentleman in his late 60s to early 70s. He saw my studies and my embroidered cross on my chest and asked the typical question intended to “pop” my Christian “bubble”.
“Do you really believe that God exists?”
I answered affirmatively and then he drove on further with all the down fallings of “Christianity” and “Judaism”. He was soon astonished to see that I was not one of those easy targets. He was quickly disarmed as I separated Faith in Christ from his false view that combined faith and religion. This is a standard issue that we must understand. “Religion”, as it is generally used, is man’s invention. It is the camo cloak that Christ will see through as He condemns “Christians” with the words, “I never knew you”.
As I inserted the gospel, you could see the notable tears of conviction well up in Wolfgang’s eyes. Another seed firmly planted, awaiting God’s power of salvation.
We are thankful to see Serenity’s trip to Peru is funded and we turn our attention to Samantha’s year in South Africa. She will be working with a Baptist Children’s Home there. We are excited to see her take this step to minister to the lost. Any funds that come in beyond Serenity’s need will be applied to Samantha’s flight and housing during her year away from home. We are excited to see our kids follow the Lord!
Skyler is finishing his studies in Berlin and will begin a dual study program as a carpenter/engineer. He asked If the church could use a youth pastor. I told him that the church couldn’t pay anything. He answered, “they don’t pay you either”. I had to laugh.
Prayer request: The costs of a new clutch and cable for our car when it left us stranded in Berlin. ($617.46). My long serving workhorse(iPad) is in the repair shop. It is so old that the repairman doubts his ability to fix it as Apple discontinued its support quite some time ago. Please pray that it is fixable.
Thanks so much for your support!
Paul, Chelli and the Sudbrock Kids.
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Published: Saturday, January 27 2018 16:51
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
I hope you all had wonderful holidays and transitioned well into the new year!
My name is Serenity Jo. I am the third child in a family of four. We are missionaries in Wittenberg, Germany, planting Baptist churches. I am 17 years old and feel very strongly about missions and our need to support it as much as the Lord gives us opportunity.
I believe the Lord wants me to be a missionary using medicine to help local churches reach out to the lost. I am so excited to follow His calling and I have found an opportunity this upcoming summer to go on a medical missions trip to Peru with BMMI.
For this trip I need to raise $2500 and would like to ask you to prayerfully consider contributing to this cause.
In His service,
Published: Friday, January 26 2018 20:47
Hi, I’m Serenity, an MK in eastern Germany. Christmas is my favorite time of year, I love giving gifts! I mean, I’m the kind of person who was already shopping and planning for next year before the first present was opened this year. This is why I love our church’s Christmas project: All year long we pack gifts and collect donations for Christmas is eastern European countries.
Since 2000 we have collected about 600 gifts each year. As you can imagine, I have always wanted to help deliver the presents in person. Finally, God opened the door for me to go! And now I realize the wisdom of God’s delaying of my desires. Had I gone earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready for what I saw there.Read more: My Discovery
Published: Wednesday, December 27 2017 19:44
The Linkage that the Lord is establishing is amazing!
Thank you for your continued prayers for Skyler’s health. Pray for complete healing. Though the medication is keeping the Crohn’s symptoms at bay, having the immune system shut off brings other health risks.
Pray for Samantha as she is seeking God’s plan as she finishes high school this year.
Linkage from Gabi to Michelle: Gabi, who started discipleship, took the first lesson home. Her daughter, Michelle, has attended our church off and on for years. She claimed to be a believer though never committing to our church. Michelle, approached me before church stating that she needed to talk. After services, I asked her what was on her heart. With tears in her eyes, she stated that she needed to become a real Christian. I asked her a few questions and soon she was asking Jesus to save her! What an instant change of spirit! She is now filled with the joy of the Lord. Now, we have mother and daughter in discipleship and baptisms soon to follow!
Linkage from Baseball and Christmas outreach to School opportunities:
- I was asked to hold the devotional at the school’s Faculty Christmas Party.
- Our teen’s after school Bible club is taking off. Pray that God will build and use these great young people.
Linkage with other Christians in Germany: The Reformation Festival was a great success. We had two groups of young people join us in passing out nearly 6,000 pieces of Christian literature spanning from simple tracts, CDs, and children’s booklets, to complete Bibles. One team was from southern Germany. The other was from Berlin. The Berlin team even drew a crowd by singing German hymns acapella!
Please pray for wisdom as we will be needing a new car in the future. Many of you have helped by providing funds to keep our 12-year old van running. Thank you so much! We fear though that it’s time is limited, so we have opened a savings account at the mission’s office in preparation for that day. If you would like to help, please label such donation; “car fund”. It is our prayer, that our van will hold together until the funds are sufficient to buy a replacement. The exhaust manifold developed a crack and will need to be replaced.
Thanks so much for your support!
Paul, Chelli and the Sudbrock Kids.
Published: Tuesday, October 24 2017 20:30
The beloved apostles reasoning for supporting missionaries. Note: John had the heart of Christ like no other. Paul clearly agrees with John's missions philosophy in the last chapter of Romans.
4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: