by Mark & Jeannie McClung
Today I’m writing this letter while sitting outdoors in a park, looking at a beautiful blue North Carolina sky, and feeling a spring breeze cooling my face. Our furlough here in the USA will soon be over. World Missions has given us the green light to return to Berlin on June 15th. Jack will soon complete the 8th grade. He has especially enjoyed his time playing football, basketball and soccer for the Southern Middle School Tigers.
It has been our pleasure to see many of you again during our furlough, visiting your local church or meeting in your homes. Missions is a team effort and we thank God for you and your investment in our ministry in Germany. Your prayers and faithful giving have enabled us to share the Gospel in Germany since 1989. May God bless and reward you for advancing His Kingdom!
Germany will look a little different when we arrive back in June. Last year, 2015, Germany opened its doors to 1.1 million new refugees; most of these coming out of war torn Syria. Refugee centers have sprung up all over Berlin, one just a few doors down from Jack’s school. A pastor friend in Berlin told me there are 4 new refugee centers within a 1/2 mile radius of his church. Most of the refugees are Muslim who naturally bring their Islamic faith and culture with them.
We see the influx of refugees as both an opportunity and a risk. It will give us the opportunity to share Jesus with Muslims in Germany where there is still freedom to evangelize. I plan to distribute hundreds of Gospel of John booklets printed in Arabic. The risk is that the threat of terrorism has greatly increased.
Our goal of evangelism and church planting remain the same. We are looking to open a Coffeehouse/ministry center to begin our new term. Also, please join us in prayer for the formation of a strong core group to begin a new church plant. We are trusting God to build His Church and for His will to be done in the start-up phase of our new 4 year term.
Jeannie continues to amaze me with her multitasking abilities as mother, grandmother, wife and missionary. She will continue to lead Christian Women of Berlin and serve with the Alabaster Jar ministry team, an outreach to trafficked (sexually exploited) women in the red light district of Berlin. Alabaster Jar’s mission is to rescue women enslaved in the sex-trade industry in Berlin. Women are being set free through the power of the Gospel and finding new life in Christ. Alabaster Jar also helps rescued women with needs like housing, medical care, language, legal and immigration issues, job skills and training.
Once again, THANK YOU for partnering with us in sharing the Good News in Germany. We will give you our new home address in our next newsletter. In the meantime, you can write to us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or send letters to us at IPHC WMM, P.O. Box 12609, Oklahoma City, OK. 73157 Please write us and let us know how things are going in your life. We will keep you in our prayers.