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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.

Samantha's Missions Year

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

Parents marked for “Sam”:             

Paul Sudbrock * P.O. Box 191 * Springfield, MO 65801

God Bless,

Samantha Jewel Sudbrock

My Discovery

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

Serenity's Mission Trip

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 case you have further questions please feel free to write me under This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will do my best to reply in a timely fashion. Moneys can be sent through my parents in C/O “Serenity’s Trip” or through Paypal: paypal.me/Sudbrock/

 

In His service,

Serenity Sudbrock

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Valentine's Day Teenabend

We painted porcelan cups for Valentine's Day.  My mom is the best!  Our Theme was what love is.  Skyler translated the story of St. Valentines from English to German on the fly and Pappa taught that God is Love; eteranal , sacrifical, full of grace and Loyalty. 

    

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