Thank you for your love, prayers, and generous missionary support!
Greetings! We are so grateful for you! Thank you for your encouragement and love through your prayers, missionary support, letters, and texts!
Here, it is a day of celebration ~ the 30 year anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Thirty years ago and, yet, we remember it all so vividly as if it was yesterday.
We were serving in our first term as missionaries in Germany. Our neighbors, Klaus and Doris, came running up to our apartment to get us to watch the television coverage and witness this amazing event of history with them. What great challenge and new evangelistic opportunities this brought for the church! We had no idea when we first went to Germany that five years later, we would live in East Berlin, preaching the gospel and planting a church there.
We are forever thankful for God's blessings, and we trust Him now as we continue in evangelism and church planting in Europe - in our new assignment in Belgium and the farthest west section of Germany.
When thinking of Europe, many think of the beautiful cathedrals, monuments, castles, stately halls of government, and quaint villages. When they have all crumbled, Christ will stand. The question is, how many Europeans will be standing with Him? We are challenged with this question, and the answer is "not enough!”
There are spiritual walls that need to fall here where we serve. A startling statistic - the Christian population in Belgium is 1.35%. The majority of the Christian population covers immigrants from other countries who were believers before they arrived. The German-speaking region is the least evangelized area of Belgium. With little influence of Spirit-filled ministries, there is an urgent need for evangelism and new life-giving church plants. That is why we are here.
Networking and Making Connections for the New Church Plant
We have been intentional in making connections as we prepare, plan, pray, and gather people for the new church plant.
After we moved into our new target area, we began networking with believers and pastors on the Belgium/Germany border area.
• Pray that God will continue putting our core group together.
• Pray that God will allow us to plant a church that will plant
• Pray that many lives will be transformed as they connect with
Jesus, our awesome Lord!
Beauty for Ashes is the new outreach to the prostituted women in the Aachen red light district. Our team is regularly visiting the girls, sharing our love, and sharing Christ’s love with them.
We would like to open a café in the red light district and believe this will give us more opportunities to invite the ladies to “our place” to provide a safe meeting place to rest, offer a healthy meal, build relationship with them, counsel, and, most of all, share how Christ can give new life, hope, and beauty for ashes!
Please pray for:
* Holy Spirit anointing on the team as we share Christ's love.
* Team safety as we walk the district and talk to the girls.
* Provision and opportunity to rent a small place for a café.
* Divine appointments.
Thank you for sending us!
We thank God for you and ask Him to bless you!
Mark, Jeannie, and Jack
“For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever!”