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The Reason to Support Missionaries

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.

III John
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:

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Amazed

Thank you for your prayers. Skyler’s health is stable. Pray for complete healing. Having the immune system shut off brings other health risks. He begins studying Biblical Counselling in Berlin this fall. Samantha will be graduating from High School this Spring. It is hard to believe that our babies are growing up so quickly.

Gabi, who has visited our church for over five years approached me about the Lord's Supper. I responded that we offer that to members. The following week she asked about church membership and I walked her through the scriptural standard of baptism. She soon realized that her baby baptism was meaningless as it occurred before she repented and believed in Jesus. She then stated very assertively, "Then, I want you to baptize me." God's Spirit is at work! Pray for Gabi as we walk her through discipleship.

School opportunities:

– I started teaching a chapel service at an area middle school on Mondays. I have been breaking “the Lord’s prayer“ down for the kids. It is ironic how many self-proclaiming atheists know this portion of scripture by heart, but have not the inkling what it means.

--Our little baseball team is starting to grow. Please pray for the seeds that we plant in these young hearts. There is a spiritual battle for the next generation.

--Our back-to-school teen night was a great success with a full house and lots of songs being sung around the fire. Please pray for these young people as we meet together one Friday night each month. A group of them have started a student Bible study at the local high school. Pray with us for these future leaders.

March for Life in Berlin – I marched with Joachim Focking in Berlin at the March for Life. The darkness of the counterdemonstrations is very revealing. Our Society is so polarized. The spiritual battle lines are all too clear at such an event.

We are gearing up for the Reformation Festival. The end of October marks our 10th year of participation. It has provided many a soul-winning opportunity and established our church’s presence within the Wittenberg landscape.

Please pray for wisdom as we will be needing a new car in the future. My hope is that it will hold for another year or two. We have enjoyed the savings that our natural gas car affords and would like to stay with that fuel, but finding the right car is difficult as our car is no longer produced. It would also be nice to not have to go into debt for a newer vehicle.

Thanks so much for your support!  

Paul, Chelli and the Sudbrock Kids.

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Whirlwind

The last few months have been a whirlwind. Our car’s transmission went bad, and twisted the right CV joint in two. Friends and Churches jumped to our rescue and covered the expenses.   We are so grateful!

Sadie and I spent three weeks in America traveling to seven churches and meeting with several pastors, to regain some of our lost support. God blessed and we have two new supporting churches to fill some of the void left by dropped support.

Upon our arrival back in Germany, the planning of Luther’s Wedding celebration was upon us. We passed out over a thousand tracts and other literature along with many great conversations about Christ and his salvation.


R…, our refugee convert is in the courts petitioning to stay in Germany as returning to his country of origin would be a death sentence. Becoming Christian is forbidden in Muslim countries, punishable by death.

Chelli and I celebrated 25 years of marriage. Amazing!!! How I am blessed!

My mother had a heart attack, but is recovering well, as of this letter.

I took Samantha and Serenity to the airport. They are visiting friends and family while looking at college opportunities stateside.

Skyler was home for a few weeks and his health is thankfully stable. It was great to have another man in the house.

Our car had another mishap as the rack-and-pinion lost hold on the right wheel, setting it at such an angle to destroy the new differential. Thankfully, God protected us in both situations, as the car was moving slowly when it happened. The transmission was under guarantee. The rack-and-pinion cost $250.95 and whatever the mechanic charges.

Please pray for wisdom as we will be needing a new car in the future. My hope is that it will hold for another year or two.

Thanks so much for your support!  

Paul, Chelli and the Sudbrock Kids.

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Car Repair

Our bill with the new Transmission and Axle came to 1700 Euro or $1859.47.    Please pray that God will fill this need.New Transmission and Axle

My Son and His Fiancé loved Your Services!

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. 

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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.

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Time Not Wasted

I had a great time witnessing yesterday.  The conversation started as I was sharpening knives for my friend who owns a Turkish sandwich Shop.  As it is, he gives me a salad and I sharpen his cutlery.  The relationship has its roots in witnessing as well as learning Hebrew. 

As a customer came in with his son and future daughter-in-law, he noticed me putting the first grind on the knives. He immediately asked if I could sharpen his pocket knife. I quickly put an edge on the soft metal blade, giving him some tips and a rundown on the consistency of its steel.

After giving him his knife back, I showed him Pr 27:17 , “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”  I pointed out that the Bible even mentions sharpening of knives.  With this, the conversation led into the need, we as humans have for companionship.  I soon learned of the nature of their visit to the restaurant.  The man’s mother was in the hospital without hope of recovery. I expressed my sympathy. As the conversation deepened, they noticed the embroidered cross on my shirt.

The father made the broad and very modern and popular statement that God loves everyone and all religions are in pursuit of Him.  I tenderly but unequivocally stated, “yein”/yes and no.  “John 3:16 says, “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 

I posed the question, “How important is free will?”  They answered, “Pretty important.”  As our discussion proceeded, we concluded that it is an absolute for love to exist and grow. The clarity of that was illustrated when I asked the future daughter-in-law if she loved her future husband and how long she would tolerate him, if he tried to take her free will away.  Her answer was, “not at all”.

I then asked them: “What is love and what causes one to love.”  These questions, almost universally, end with something cute or cuddly.  Yet If there is a mother in the room, she quickly cuts through the din and states; “a baby.” 

With a little prompting, they arrived at the conclusion that a baby causes any decent person to love, “But what is love?” I asked. Again, they were silent with befuddlement.  After letting the question sink in a while, I asked, “what would happen if there was a baby left over there in that corner and no one went to care for it?”.  They immediately answered, “It would die.”

I then defined sin as all that is against the wonderful gift of life and explained that we are all sinners.

It was then clear.  Life is the most valuable thing, we as humans have.  It is a gift from Him who is love.  He inspires us to protect His gift with all that we have; even our own lives. 

Jesus, gave us the ultimate gift:  his life, to redeem us.  All he asks, is that we repent and acknowledge, that we are destroyers of the gift of life, and believe the good news that His death and resurrection is our salvation.

I then prayed with the family as they were saying their goodbyes to a Mother and Grandmother this week.  Please pray that God’s word will continue to work.  The father grabbed my hand as they went out the door, stated that the time was not wasted, and sincerely thanked me for the conversation.

Selected Sanctified Subdued

I was studying for this Sunday's sermon and started to consider Christ's choice to ride on a foal of an ass. 

Christ was going to Jerusalem to demonstrate his right as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  He is heir to the throne of David.  He was also demonstrating his servanthood.  He came as King riding a lowly beast of burden.

The colt had never been ridden before, just as the tomb had never been used before.

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Anti-Missionary?

Unfortunately, the term "Missional" is in danger of being the newest replacement for the sacrificial call to go into all the world and preach the gospel. The Great Commission broadens the horizon and calls to selfless offering, with the cross, as a living sacrifice.

Many a "Missional" organization supplant traditional Missions. Even Wikipedia defines, the term, “Missions” as a border crossing venture. Traditionally, we add the adjective "home" to missions so as not to take away from the original intention.

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The Highs and the Lows

Christmas 2016The 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.

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