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Monday
Jul112011

CBC-Colorado Plants Seeds in Germany

Charis Bible College students performing a Jesus-centered drama in downtown Berlin, on a recent mission trip. (Click to enlarge)In recent weeks we have posted several articles about the overseas endeavors of Charis Bible College mission teams. These reports are full of testimonies of the signs and wonders that flow freely when the seed of the Word is preached in materially impoverished nations. But what happens when the CBC teams go to more prosperous nations and cities like Berlin, Germany?

For the second time in April, Charis Bible College-Colorado sent a missionary team to the capital city of Germany. Their mission was to evangelize Berlin and to share the unconditional love and grace of God with a culture in spiritual need. The nineteen member team, led by CBC Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, worked with representatives from several Many spectators gathered to watch the performances—lots of seeds were planted. (Click to enlarge)Germany-based ministries including the team's hosts, European Initiative.

Jeff Serio, co-founder of European Initiative, took the students many places across the city to give them a feel for the culture and spiritual climate of Berlin, a city where only one percent of the 3.4 million people claims to be Christian. His tour helped the team gain an understanding of the mindset of the city and generated within the students a Christ-like compassion for its people.

The team fervently ministered in the streets and public squares throughout Berlin, sharing the Gospel through open-air performances of Jesus-centered dramas, music ministry and one-on-one discussion and prayer. The students used every moment and opportunity, whether on the street, in a local church Berlin's Maury Park, where thousands of teens and young adults gather each weekend to drink and entertain each other. (Click to enlarge)or traveling by train, to minister to the people with whom they made contact.

As they shared the gospel of Christ, many on the team were astonished by the number of people who had never heard of Jesus. Michelle shed tears over the people in Berlin saying, "Their spiritual poverty is greater than the material poverty in the third world countries." CBC student, Abby Feldhacker, echoed Michelle's sentiments and said, "Even though Berlin may not be in poverty like some third world countries, their spiritual poverty was heartbreaking."

While the overall sentiment was one of heartbreak, the team members did plant seeds and were encouraged by the few who listened to what they were saying. The team sang spontaneously around the city and on the trains. Some Berliners would participate. Lots of 1-on-1 ministry took place on the trains. (Click to enlarge)Michelle had the opportunity to minister to two fifteen-year-old girls who had never before heard of Jesus. They did listen intently, and although they did not receive Jesus at that moment, Michelle assured the young ladies that if they asked God to reveal Himself to them, He would.

Students, Bruce and Joyce Ball, were seated together on a train one evening when a young woman sat down next to them and pulled out her Bible. Bruce saw her Bible and asked if she was a believer. The young woman said no, and explained that she was just reading it because she was curious. Bruce and his wife spent the rest of the ride ministering to her, explaining the Scriptures to her while she too listened intently.

A group shot of the CBC team.
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"I can’t really say that we saw any salvations or healings like when we go to third world countries, but I believe we did plant seeds. I feel that our presence there in the city made a difference," said Michelle.

So what happens when the CBC mission teams go to places like Berlin? The answer is, God's love is shared, seeds are planted and miracles are expected. After all, farmers don't see immediate results after planting their seeds either.

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.

Thursday
Oct212010

New AWME Office Opens in Germany

AWME's New Office in Birkenfeld, Germany. It is located approximately one and a half hours from Frankfort. (Click to enlarge)Andrew Wommack Ministries has recently expanded its presence in Europe with the opening of a new office location in Birkenfeld, West Germany. According to Andrew Wommack Ministries of Europe (AWME) staff member, Aaron Roach, believers in Germany are the largest European supporters of the ministry outside the United Kingdom.

On Saturday September 18, 2010, staff including AWME Director, Will Graham and AWME's Translation Director, Zsolt Katona, held a Grand Opening celebration at the new facility in Birkenfeld. Aaron Roach shooting video of Will Graham as he shows visitors around the new office suite. (Click to enlarge) Over the course of the day more than eighty visitors toured the new office suite, and staff members shared the vision for the new location. Graham addressed the crowd and spoke about the overall role of AWME, and the benefit of the new headquarters serving the German people in their national language.

"From the new office the German translators will now take control of [AWME's] German website and communicate with the German people through the monthly newsletter, Director of the German office, Juergen Pauli, with staff members, Brenda Pauli and Anke Boehmert. (Click to enlarge)and take charge of any meetings when Andrew comes," said Graham.

The office in Birkenfeld, which currently employs three people will serve as a ministry headquarters, as well as a distribution center specifically for Andrew's German translated materials. The new office, under the direction of, Juergen Pauli, will eventually stock a full range of Andrew's books and other teaching materials in a variety of languages.

All AWME Offices include a map to remind staff that they are part of a worldwide ministry. (Click to enlarge)Before the opening on Saturday, some of the Foreign Language Translation Team met in the new office. (Click to enlarge)Brenda and Juergen Pauli enjoy a laugh with Will Graham at the grand opening.
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Distribution storage room with all of Andrews German books, and room for more teaching materials. (Click to enlarge)

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