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January 2018


Dear Family and Friends, The New Year is upon us, and we are excited to see what God has in store in the next 12 months!  What a great time of the year to concentrate on the amazing gift of Jesus Christ and the hope and joy that comes through knowing Him. As a family we are doing well.  Don is again speaking in C&MA churches. In the fall he made his way through Pennsylvania and Ohio.  In the coming months he will travel throughout Pennsylvania as well as Maryland and Delaware.  He is enjoying connecting with so many different […]

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August 2017


Dear Friends and Family, It has been a while since we have updated you all!  Thank you so much for your prayers and your encouragement in this time.  It was great to see many of you at Summit Grove this summer.  Here is a quick run down of our spring and summer and a look at what the next few months will hold for us. In March we received approval from the C&MA to stay for another year of home assignment in order to work through educational issues for Jenna, who has been diagnosed with dyslexia.  Since receiving an official […]

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February 2017


As we continue through this year of home assignment we want to thank you for your encouragement! So many of you have blessed us as we have visited your churches. Thank you for faithfully reading these updates, for engaging with us as we share about life and ministry in Berlin and for praying for these requests. Please pray with us about the following requests this month: Don’s cousin Kris has had a recurrence of cancer. We pray that God would bring complete healing to his entire body! We’d ask you to also pray for safety as he and his family […]

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January 2017

The Brandenburg Gate

We continue our year of home assignment here in State College, PA, but we’d like to ask you to continue praying with us for the ministries happening in northeast Germany. We’ve recently received the following prayer requests and wanted to pass them on to you… Christine, the wife of our German partner pastor (Rainer) has been diagnosed with cancer. She will be receiving chemotherapy starting at the end of January. At the end of the approx. 5 month chemo treatment she will have an operation and then radiation. Please pray with us for Christine and her family! Because the church […]

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December 2016

As 2016 comes to an end we look back and praise God for his goodness in our lives! Even through challenging times He has shown himself to our family as a loving God as we journey with Him. We are so grateful to be part of an organization that is working WITH this loving God to reach people all over the world for the sake of Jesus. Thank you for being part of this work as you pray and give! Please take a few minutes to watch this short video. Join us in praising God for what He is already […]

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Holger’s Story


This month we are excited to share our friend Holger’s testimony with you. Many of you have prayed for Holger for years now. We’ve also shared with you how we have been active in leading and developing a summer ministry called Family and Friend’s Camp.  Holger and his family have been a part of that camp every year it has happened, and it has played a big role in their spiritual journey.  This year there were so many interested in attending the camp that they held one Family and Friend’s Camp in the summer and one during the Fall School […]

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September 2016


Thank you all for your prayers and your support as we have transitioned back to the U.S. for our year of home assignment. The last few months have been a whirlwind of traveling and settling in. A small taste of our last few months: July: Sarah and Don spent time in Colorado Springs attending the C&MA’s conference for returning missionaries. It was a great time of connecting and refreshing! We all spent time with family in PA. August: We moved to State College, PA. We got the house in which we will be living this year all set up for […]

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May 2016

jason nelson - Turkey 050

Greetings from Berlin! Earlier this month we had the fabulous opportunity to get away with our team for a time of business, teaching and refreshment. It was very encouraging and we are excited about the way that God is moving in and through C&MA workers here in NE Germany. Above is a picture of all of us who are currently on the field. (from left to right) Abby Loos in Waren (Müritz) Mike & Elissa Picconatto in Berlin with Johannah, Caleb & Joshua Caleb & Erin Kohl in Waren (Müritz) with Viola, Lily and Josiah Ben & Sarah Carey in […]

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March 2016

a recent Lego Brunch

Dear Friends and Family, It has been a while since we’ve updated you, and for that we are sorry. Thank you for your continual prayer support for us and our family as we minister here in Berlin. As many of you may know we are heading into the home stretch before coming back to the states for a year of home assignment. This term has had its ups and its downs, but has been undeniably a term where we have sensed God’s hand moving and leading us in the ministry here. Here are just a few highlights of what we […]

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Quick Update~ November 2015


Will you praise God with us for the following? We have seen God work in great ways in the lives of H. and B. (see previous post).  H. led our small group Bible Study last week and did a great job! We had a blessed time together as a family as we took a vacation during the kids’ fall break from school.  We are also thankful for the protection God gave us as we drove and for the relaxation he provided. Will you pray with us for the following requests? Entdecker (youth group for 5th graders and older) has been […]

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