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Monday
May092011

CBC Students Evangelize Berlin

CBC students ministered to individuals on the streets of Berlin, Germany. (Click to enlarge)In early April 2011, Charis Bible College-Colorado (CBC) sent an eighteen person team on a mission trip to Germany. The team, led by CBC Night School Coordinator, Carol Odenwald and third-year Interns, Arnold Oney and Lynae Minoletti, worked with representatives from several Germany-based ministries including the team's hosts, European Initiative, to evangelize the streets of Berlin.

According to Jeff and Barbara Serio, founders of European Initiative, less than one percent of Berlin's 3.4 million people claim to be Christian. With this statistic in mind, the team went to the heart of Germany's capital city to share the story and love of Jesus through street evangelism. Street evangelism began with praise and worship music. (Click to enlarge)The CBC students performed skits and played music to attract the people caught in the hustle and bustle of city life. When the students finished presentations, they took the opportunity to witness to the crowds that had gathered. As one student explained the skit to the onlookers, the other team members would take every opportunity to minister the Gospel to, and pray with, interested individuals in the audience.

"During the skits, team members would place themselves in the crowd and strike up conversations about the dramas. People seemed to enjoy the dramas and would talk to us fairly readily, but few people would accept Jesus," Part of the CBC team performing a skit. (Click to enlarge)said Carol.

The team was able to plant seeds in the minds of those with whom they spoke, and also led eight people to Lord. "Most of the people we met and talked with on the streets didn’t know who Jesus was, and did not see any reason to have Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior," said Arnold. It was Arnold's observation that the people with whom he had contact were more interested in their material possessions than in hearing about Jesus.

The team prayer walking the streets of Berlin. (Click to enlarge)When asked to surmise the perceivably cold reception to the Gospel, Carol had this to say, "As far as the hardness of their hearts, for the young adults, it was a totally new concept as most of them are atheist and have never heard the “good news”. The older people remember the Holocaust and are totally freaked out by any form of propaganda (i.e. tracts or verbal). For all of them, I believe there is a sense of shame about the Holocaust. I believe that shame acts as a veil. "

Regardless of the seeming lack of receptiveness, the CBC students moved about the city, mostly on foot, walking an average of three to five miles per day to share the Gospel. One particular morning, the students joined with a missionary couple, who operate a café; the group simply walked the streets together singing and praying for the population of Berlin. The team also ministered in several local churches, where the student's testimonies and messages of relational evangelism were well received.