Hi, we are Tamara & Andreas from the Berlin church of Christ in Germany – that’s where Scott & Lynne Green are now. We visit our family regularly in Olympia and in Phoenix, Arizona. So we pass by about twice a year.
We are encouraged to see our churches everywhere and we hope that you are encouraged by what we can say about Gods work in Berlin.
Berlin is the capital of Germany. We have 5 churches in Germany with altogether about 260 members. 2 are pretty small, but they are listed on disciples today. That’s what counts, right?
I think God has great plans for us in Berlin – we have about 120 members.
In Jeremiah 23 verse 29 it says:
“Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” (Jeremia 23:29)
That’s the scripture for the Berlin campus ministry revival. We call it the Hammer project. The spark that ignited Gods work is already visible.
And in Berlin we saw braking rocks before. The Berlin wall fell 25 years ago.
We are looking for volunteers to help reach out on campus, build relationships and study the bible with people. Tearing down walls around the hearts of Germans. These students will be part of the campus training program that Scott and Lynne Green provide in Berlin.
The costs for studying in Germany is much smaller than here in the US – so, who wants to come?
The German language should be no problem. I learned it as a baby.
Ok, it is my mother tongue – but Scott already reads scriptures in German in his sermons and they are officially in Berlin since only 15 month.
Tamara and I are part of Scotts counseling training, where we learn to bring out the positive stories of people or we try to get these good stories more to the foreground. You know, sometimes one is stuck in seeing only the problems, but there is usually a lot of good things at the same time going on.
What good is going on in Berlin?
We have the first European Bible School in Berlin in May. That’s a platform, where European Christian leaders meet to have fellowship, encouragement and training. Usually this was in Geneva, but Berlin is much more economically affordable and so we already have a big increase in registrations.
So I can’t invite you to this one, because we are at the limit of our capacity.
But I can invite you to the Biblical Study Tour of Douglas Jacoby, which starts in Berlin this year. His tours build faith. Tamara and I enjoyed a lot of them since 2004. This will be in October, so you have time to consider this.
The Dollar / Euro – ratio is very good for you just now.
Oh, this year the topic of the Biblical Study Tour is the Reformation.
And this brings me to my personal favorite good news: The book “Will the real heretics please stand up” from David Bercot is now available in German.
Why is this such a good news? Because I think, it can start a new Reformation in the state churches of Germany.
When my wife came to Germany 23 years ago, we didn’t know our churches and went to a protestant church. This was not a nice experience. I think, most of the people in Germany think, that faith is a private thing, about which you don’t speak. If they go to church, it is to listen to some music or for Easter or Christmas or just all the old people are there. At the end of the service you form a line to shake the hand of the pastor and that’s usually all the fellowship, that they want to have there – I would say, it is normal to have a wall around our hearts in Germany.
What a difference to our churches, where we tore down these walls.
And I think David Bercot did a great job in explaining why the state churches are as they are and that this is not the Christianity, which Jesus had in mind – or at least it became obvious to me through his works.
I work on bringing out his second book in Germany, which is called “The kingdom that turned the world upside down.”
It is great to be part of this kingdom – may His kingdom come and his will be done …
Please pray for us to really reach the people of Germany and help them to be part of Gods kingdom.
Tamara can share, how we try to reach our neighbors – women are an important role in this, because food and hospitality usually lies more on the shoulders of them … but we are a team …
1.) On that note – hospitality – Andreas and I started a coffee service before the church service to encourage people to be on time and have fellowship before church. The kids like to come as well. They give a few coins and then they can pick a cookie – they really love it.
2.) We have 2 woman in our bible talk who have MS. They can’t always attend our meetings and sometimes church, but we want them to feel that they are part of the group even with their limitations. So we were very impressed, when we tried out our new topic series to reach neighbors, because one of them really grew to the task. She invited several people from her apartment building and when we met for bible study in her home, 4 guest came. The whole bible talk was inspired by this meeting.
3.) And we continue to have inspiring Women’s Brunches with great food and fellowship about once a year.
Andreas: Ok, thank you for your prayers and we would love to see you sometime in Berlin.
http://hammer.bgchristi.de/ (for the Campus Hammer Project)
http://www.europeanbibleschool.org/ (for the EBS)
http://www.douglasjacoby.com/2015-bst-berlin-wittenberg-zurich-geneva/ (for the biblical study tour of Douglas Jacoby)
https://www.bod.de/buch/alexander-basnar/zurueck-zum-start/9783734748837.html (for the “real heretics” book in German)