Last week we got to go to a town called Sassnitz on the Island, Rügen, here in Germany. It was such a nice, beautiful place and I am really excited because we will be going back there for a ministry in July! We were there for meetings with the church and high school that we will be working with this summer and everything went REALLY well!!! Looking forward. :)
Willow Creek is a big Christian conference in Germany every year. This year, the Lifeliner (you know, the big blue truck?) is there and guess who got to clean it up and get it ready for the big event?? My team and I! So we spent two days cleaning it until it was shining and now the YFC Germany staff is there at Willow Creek showing it off (haha not really). So here are a few photos from our time there!
Happy 2014! I hope that you’re all doing well in this new year! I know I certainly am. I had the amazing opportunity to visit South Carolina and spend Christmas and New Year’s with my family! And like Dorothy says, ‘There’s no place like home.” Especially around the holidays! I hope that your Christmas season was filled with family, friends, laughter, and sweet memories! So now I’m back in Germany and I am really joyful that God has placed me here and given me this opportunity. I can’t wait to get back out on the road and do ministry with my team but for now we are in the office doing tasks here and preparing for future ministries. One thing that we will have the opportunity to be a part of soon is called Youth Alpha, and basically, it’s a training course over several weeks (10 evenings, and one weekend) for youth in the area where we live to come and learn more about what it means to be a Christian. Some of the questions asked are, “Why and how do I pray?” “How can I be sure of my faith?” and “Who is Jesus?” I am excited to be a part of these evenings and to meet the youth that will come! My job will be to do an icebreaker at the beginning of the gatherings. Please pray for the youth that will come to the Youth Alpha meetings, for my team and the rest of the staff and youth leaders who will be working together to make this happen. Thank you for your ongoing support as I serve God in Germany!
I took this today in Kellenhusen! :) It was a beautiful day at the sea. Now we’re at Anna’s house near Bielefeld, tomorrow I will travel on the bus all day, and sleep in Mühltal tomorrow night, and then Wednesday morning I go to the Frankfurt airport and begin heading HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!
So, I had the amazing opportunity to visit with my friend Anna here in Kellenhusen at the Baltic Sea for a few days, before going home for Christmas!! When we got here last night we walked to the sea (about ten minutes away) and then went back again this morning and then went to the Christmas Market in Lübeck, which was really nice, and they even had a medieval section where everyone in the stalls was dressed for that time period and there was even a band playing that type of music.
Now it’s time for dinner and then we’re watching a movie and making some American Turtle brownies!! :)
Anna and I at the sea!
The Kellenhusen pier.
On the right is the famous gate to the city in Lübeck, that was built in 1477. (We took pictures there too, of course!)
Wow, what an adventure this has been so far!! I’ve been here in Germany for more than 3 months already, and still have plenty more to go! I’m so blessed to have this opportunity and I think about that daily!
I am so excited that my family is blessing me with bringing me home for Christmas (missionary funds are not being used for this)!!! I love my family so much and it will be an honor to spend Christmas with them and not miss another holiday with them (like Thanksgiving, which I wasn’t able to celebrate here). I know that chances are, one day I will miss a Christmas with my family for some reason or another but I’m glad that it’s not this year!
I want to say a little about the past two outreaches that we went on! They were in the same town, Steinhagen, so that was a really cool experience, to be able to go to a town twice. Because usually, we go to a town for a week, and then we never get to see the people there again, so this was a special experience. The first week in Steinhagen was a youth week, so my team was ministering to the youth group, and the second time we went there was for a weekend, for the Christmas Market and we ministered to the town alongside the youth group! Such an amazing experience!
Two of the girls from the youth group and I!
The night before the Christmas Market officially began, we had a program for the youth group, in the truck!
All the free crepes we wanted!!
I love Disney movies! I can’t wait to see this when I’m home for Christmas!!! :) Who wants to go with me!?