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I was invited to go backpacking with both of the 7th grade classes.  I was asked to give the opening and closing devotions for the two trips. Such an opportunity to give the good news to a whole class is not to be denied!

I oversaw the young men.  It was such a privilege to speak God’s truth into their lives in word and deed.  It was also a physical challenge.  I have not spent that much time on my feet since pheasant hunting in my youth.

The lesson is to first know Christ and then to trust him for the long haul. It is not about what we can do.  Our “can-do” is very quickly and properly expressed in the phrase, I can’t.  Acknowledging our inability and repenting of leaving God out is the only logical response to the rigors of life. Only then, are we able, in faith, to fall into the Savior’s nail pierced hands. He alone can save.

-an interesting phrase. It comes from German. It is also where we get the word “Wit”. (Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary, "A.S. wíse, orig. wiseness; Ger. weise; akin to wise (1) and wit. Doublet guise" ) It is more than simply “in this manner”. We also use a form of it in Clockwise. The clock was a huge technological leap in engineering. The German word knowledge (Wissen) also belongs to this family as well as many other commonly used words.
On this wise”, leads to the reality that God is knowingly guiding how life unfolds. He has control, even when we believe otherwise. (Every pun is intended!)

Ro 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Activities of the MonthThe 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.

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.

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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

So many blessings in the last few months

Our building project was successfully finished.Events

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!

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.

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