“I want you so close that I can put my arm around your shoulder. I want you to sense the excitement rushing through my veins. You should stand near enough to hear me breathing. Why? Because I want you to know for sure that I am human, just like you. I want you to know that what has happened to me can happen to you.” – Reinhard Bonnke, Evangelist
Julie, Will and I just returned from watching basketball in the FIS (Frankfurt International School) Sporthall and it feels like time for a ministry update.
We have not only jumped into life in Germany, but also into our ministry roles in this community. Here’s a little of what’s been happening and a few things on the horizon.
We have middle school Youth Compass “Club” meeting every other week and we’re hoping and praying for more leaders to join us as time goes on. We had a great group last week — the number of kids almost tripled. We had a good discussion about creation, which followed several CRAZY games involving bananas.
As of right now, High Schoolers are meeting once a month and we’re receiving registrations and deposits for Project Compassion! At the very end of March I’ll travel with the high school group from Frankfurt as we join international teens from Dusseldorf, Brussels and Switzerland to serve the poor in rural Romania.
I just had a great meeting with the Athletic Director at FIS and will most likely be helping out with the Track and Field team this spring as well as working in the school bookstore every other week in an effort to build relationships with kids and parents.
I’ve spent time meeting with Youth Pastors and Pastors in and around the city of Frankfurt to see how we can work together to reach international teens in this area. I have also traveled to Brussels and will travel to Berlin in March to meet with volunteers and churches who are working to reach teens in their communities. I have had some great conversations and look forward to furthering relationships with some great people spread across this city and continent.
There is a lot to be done and I (we) appreciate your prayers in these endeavors. We have been so blessed by your support, prayers and words of encouragement so far! We feel privileged to serve in this role.
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2. Corinthians 5:20
Thank you for standing with us!