Posted by jones on December 4th, 2014 | 5 comments
The picture above shows how full the service was on November 9, 2014. This was not only the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was a day when our church dedicated five babies to the Lord! Many guests were present for the baby dedication. We celebrated new beginnings for the babies, the parents and for those who no longer live under the oppression of the East German government!
After some time of connecting with churches in Pennsylvania, as well as vacationing with our extended family, we find ourselves back in Berlin during the Advent season. This is one of our favorite times of the year, as we take the opportunity to host many people in our home. The relationships that start or grow over a meal are a large part of our ministry. Please be praying that the conversations about the good news of Jesus that we will be having in this month will move non-yet believers to a place where they are ready to make a decision for Jesus.
As we focus on the good news of Jesus this holiday season we are so aware of how this message was erased from the east German society. While reading an article about Angela Merkel (the chancellor of Germany) this week, I was struck by the following: “In 1994, an official report on repression in East Germany concluded, “The country of Martin Luther was de-Christianized by the end of the G.D.R.”
During that time, those who did believe were treated poorly: “Angela’s mother, Herlind, suffered the most in the family. An English teacher who imparted her passion for learning to Angela, Herlind wrote to the education authorities every year asking for a job, and every year she was told that nothing was available, even though English teachers were in desperately short supply.” To read the full article, click here: The Quiet German
We still see the effects of this era in German history on the people we work with today. We know however, that the Holy Spirit is capable of breaking such bondage and we ask you to pray with us this holiday season!
Here is a quick look at what is happening in the ministries here…
In our church, the leadership is working on by-laws that will move us from being a church-plant into being an official church. There are many topics to discuss as this develops. Please pray for all involved to communicate with grace, especially when expressing differing views. We are asking God for a special protection for this young body of believers at this time. Please be praying for folks who will join us during the Advent season. Pray that they would hear the good news of Jesus with open hearts.
Feinkost, the ladies cooking ministry, had a great turn out for a Thanksgiving meal last week. Please pray for Sarah, Elissa and Melanie as they follow-up with the women who attended. Again, we want to offer them much more than a cooking-evening. Pray that the good news of Jesus is well-received by these ladies as we interact with them.
Sarah was able to be at the pre-school this week to work on the finances. It is really a joy to see how God has used this avenue to minister to families in the last four years. Please continue to pray for the families whose children attend there, that they may also be open to the good news of Jesus this Christmas season.
Please pray with us for our team as well. We pray that we would never cease to be impacted by the good news of Jesus. Pray that we can live this out well as we interact with each other and with those we serve.
As this calendar year comes to an end, would you consider making a special gift to the Alliance Year-end Offering? Such gifts allow our team to continue working here in Germany as well as funding other international workers around the world. Click here to see the video “We are There” . Many Alliance churches will give the opportunity for you to contribute or you can go directly to the C&MA website Online Giving. Thank you so much for your partnership in giving!
With Gratitude and Joyful Hearts,
Don, Sarah, Dane & Jenna Jones