Published: Saturday, December 29 2018 18:21
We are always looking for new ways to present Christ in Wittenberg. The best means to the goal is always opened by the Lord. We praise and thank Him!
I have been leading the Monday devotions at a local school for over a year now. Last year the opportunity to lead the devotion for the teachers opened. This year I had the entire school and faculty present as I presented Christ the Savior. All were presented with the opportunity to trust Jesus. The resonance was encouraging. Please pray as God leads in this opening, that it will be effectual!
I teach baseball at the same school. After completing my sport trainer course last year, the opportunity arose to teach other courses as well. This gives me the opening to pray with these students in a smaller group setting, allowing for more one-on-one influence.
I have also been asked to take part in the yearly class trip as a counselor.
At church, we are in Genesis as we have preached through the New Testament. The people are so excited to see the Bible in a verse-by-verse textual style. They have learned so much. They get upset when they see the shallowness of the so-called Christians and organizations around them. Two ladies, who began visiting as a result of our summer street ministry, are really enjoying the sermons. It is cool to see God’s word change people!
I went to the doctor because my knees were bothering me. He stated that I had apparently torn the meniscus in my right knee and I have a patella tendon infection in the left. He sent me to the physical therapist. The PT stated that I had torn muscles in the quadriceps. That was the apparent “trigger” of the patella problem. The right knee bothered me last winter, but I ignored it. It has apparently, as the doctor said, “laid back down”. Not sure if that means it is healed or not. I am on a regiment of stretching, massage and exercise. I believe I am making progress. With new custom shoe inserts and a Christmas of “old people gifts” i.e. liniment, heating pads and massage tools, we press on. Ha Ha. Please pray that the efforts will be effective so that our age doesn’t slow us down.
Samantha celebrated Christmas morning with us from South Africa via Facebook Video. The Kids held the screen, so Samantha could be in our traditional “before-opening-presents” picture.
Thanks so much for your support!
Paul, Chelli and the Sudbrock Kids.
Published: Monday, November 26 2018 22:24
So many blessings in the last few months
Our building project was successfully finished.
I finished my German certification to be a Sport Trainer.
We baptized mother and daughter, G… and M… So cool watching Christians grow in the Lord!
I made a solo trip to Canada and IA, enjoying two conferences and ministering in two other churches. A special thanks to Bro Hallmark’s church in Prince George who gave a special love offering enabling the replacement of my old and defective iPad. Jeff and Regena were so gracious to me. Staying with them was a highlight of my trip!
I enjoyed watching and learning from a great missionary, Fred Davis at his church’s Missions Conference in Vancouver.
It was a wonderful time visiting with Paul Conner of City Baptist Church of Vancouver as he shared his heart for ministry after he opened his church plant to our ministry in Wittenberg!
In my absence, the men finished cleaning up the remnants of the old shed and put on the soffit. So cool to have men willing to help and even to take the initiative, which was perfect as I have never had such a hard time with jet lag upon my arrival home as I did this time.
I just got over jet lag and we were downtown at the Reformation Festival passing out tracts and witnessing. God blessed us with a team of young people who sang at our stand giving us opportunity and helping us to reach people with the Gospel message. One young man was a tract passing out machine. What a blessing!
The opportunity to minister in the local school has multiplied this year. We are excited to see what God will do next! Please continue to pray with us that God will send us good Christian teachers who will share God’s love with the children of Wittenberg. If you know someone who would like to work as a language assistant in our English and Spanish classes, short-term or long-term, please have them contact us. Many thanks to those who have helped Samantha to minister in South Africa!
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Paul, Chelli and the Sudbrock Kids.
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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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