Church-planting in the Baltics, Part 1

Our church in Germany has had the greatest pleasure to send missionaries. Not just participate financially in other ministries, but actually equip and send families to other cultures. Does it get any better than that?

Sending churches have responsibilities and we want to take ours seriously. Part of that is praying, cheer-leading, coaching, supporting.

Neuland, Gernsheim

Sunday, June 2, 2013.

18 people - all young families and single adults - have banded together to impact their community for the cause of Christ. And today was the grand opening of all their hard work, the birth of their dream.

They called it a "grand opening" - and over 40 adults joined to celebrate their beginning, including the mayor. His words encouraged the group and welcomed their impact in the city. He even gave kind words how that more churches should be a warm place to attend - then maybe more young people could be found at church.

Home is a storefront building that has been renovated to house those attending services on Sunday @ 10:00 AM in a warm, living room atmosphere. Everywhere you look there is creativity, a touch of class.

It has been my honor to coach this group as they have worked toward this day. At the end of it, honestly, they did more to inspire me than what I could ever give them.

Sergej, Benni, Regina, Renate, David, Eugen, and so many others - your future looks bright. Sunday was a beautiful day.

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Cambodien provinces

For 36 hours a trip to a different world was afforded me. I met 9 young church pastors - all bible college trained and applying their passion, personalities and faith to reach their village or forest area for Christ. 

It is wonderful to watch their countenance transformed as you impart encouraging words and pray for their needs. Do I think that I was able to touch them in a deep way?  No, not really. But I can assure you that they have touched me deeply. One is a converted kick boxer, one single man has adopted the responsibility of raising an abandoned boy, another smiles as they show me their new son. 

I saw school children they teach - they all use their abilities to help a young generation become literate, learn English, and prepare themselves for the future. They are given the gospel. One of the young pastors will baptize 25 people on Jan 20. Amazing - he has never baptized a single person yet - this will be his (and their) first time.

These village church locations brought rural beauty and simplicity. Unfortunately I was unable to capture the sounds and smells of the region. It is marriage season, due to the dry weather when they are not farming and those events are broadcast to the whole village. 

Enjoy some of the images.  How many animals can you count being transported live to market, tied to the bumper of overloaded vans?

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Keith Gandy - GermanyKeith Gandy - Germany

Keith, originally from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, has been planting a church in Aschaffenburg, Germany for over thirty years. Daughter churches have also been started and missionaries have been sent out of the congregation. Annually, he participates in encouraging other European church-planters and frequently travels to visit them in their respective field of service.

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