Germany has a fabulous medical care system, in my opinion. One of my doctors recently sent me for two weeks to a clinic for specialty treatments.
During the stay at one particular mealtime I asked permission to join a man for breakfast. I proceeded to pray before beginning my meal. On the next day a deeper conversation ensued and Theo stated: "I pegged you as a pastor, the moment I saw you pray over your meal." Normally, I am used to that being the end of any possible relationship, so spiritually dark and secular is our present culture. In his case, quite a deep relationship ensued, with him following my Sunday sermons via internet video archive. Subsequently he shared the video with a number of his family and friends.
Once again this year, we baptize new converts. On October 15th we will be baptizing. At this point, nine are already scheduled for this next step of faith. We are so blessed to see God move in their lives. We ask all participants to attend a two session course on the meaning of baptism (reemphasizing a grace relationship with Christ), then ask them to sit for a video testimony explaining their decision and subsequent life change. Post baptism we follow up with "next steps training." This is the joy of discipleship with new converts.
Praise: We are having an influx of new visitors to Sunday services.
Prayer: The refugee ministry is experiencing internal turmoil. Pray that peace would be found for this group.