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These specific flags in this color scheme were put up in the GDR times to signify there was a party going on!!

 

Since we had some many wonderful visitors from the U.S. this summer, including some former HIM Workers, we decided to host a mini-VBS or Kindertag! It was for one day and we learned to story of Jonah. We were happy to get to use the ideas from the VBS we participated in last year in Bremen.

The kids arrived and participated in some great singing!

April and Karen leading singing. We sang mostly in German and a little in English for Heidi!

They were split up into two groups- the older kids and the younger kids.

The younger kids were the first ones to get to meet Jonah and hear his story firsthand! They even got to see what it was like to sit in the belly of a whale! What an experience 🙂

Jonah is sad because the kids said his house stunk and they didn’t want to come in 🙁 It did smell like raw fish!

Then the kids had a skit teaching them the story of Jonah led by some of church members, some of our youth, and our EFG team!

Following the skit, the kids were split up again into groups participating in games and of course, crafts!

You know, that I couldn’t resist face painting!

It seems like some other people couldn’t resist either…

 

We had 12 kids in all, and even a few visitors! The kids had a great time studying God’s Word and bonding with one another. And as it always happens, we set out to teach the children, but they end up teaching us even more. We were reminded of the simplicity of following God and being careful to do His will. It’s as simple as that!

 

I played too hard today!

 

 

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“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

Der König wird ihnen dann antworten: “Das will ich euch sagen. Was ihr für einen meiner geringsten Brüder getan habt, das habt ihr für mich getan!” Mattheus 25:40

Every year, members of Gemeinde Christi-Chemnitz drive nearly 1000 miles to deliver warm winter clothing to the Church of Christ in Sofia, Bulgaria. Last year, between 85-100 people from the Church and surrounding Sofia received jackets, coats, pants, shoes and blankets all given by Church members in Germany and Switzerland. Of all the items collected, blankets are in short supply and always an item that is needed. Out of this need and a desire to teach service the children and youth of our church, Krista instituted a new service project–

“Bettdecken für Bulgarien” (Blankets for Bulgaria)

On April 28, the children of our church along with their parents gathered together to cut, tie, and sew fleece blankets to be given to each family in next year’s clothing drive.

The blankets are very simple and a great project for kids. We simply laid two pieces of fleece measured at 2.5 yards x 2.5 yards on top of each other. We cut out the corners using 5 in x 5 in cardboard squares as our sample. Then, we cut 1 inch strips all the way around the pieces of fleece. After cutting, we went back around and tied the strips from the bottom layer together with the strips of the top layer. Then, a pocket was sewn onto each blanket that will hold a Bulgarian Bible that will also be given to each family.

Together the children made a total of six blankets. The kids loved the outcome of the blankets and the parents loved the creativity of the project. And we know, this will be something to make our contacts in Bulgaria feel extra special, and stay extra warm this winter!

 

 

Our goal with this project was to get the children of our church directly involved with a ministry that their parents are already involved in and to teach our kids the importance of service.

Watching the energy and excitement of these kids was infectious and a good reminder of what childlike faith looks like and how much fun it is serving others! We hope this project can be just the beginning of many service projects to come for our kids in the church in Chemnitz.

 

A special thanks to Alameda Church of Christ and WEEM (Women for Eastern European Missions) for providing the resources needed to make this project a success. Thanks also to the kids and parents who spent their Saturday morning making blankets with us.

We will be delivering the blankets made by our kids and by women associated with WEEM to Bulgaria in November of this year.

English Ladies Retreat 2013

English Ladies Retreat, also fondly called ELR, is truly one of the highlights of the year. Around 50 English speaking women from around Europe gather together for four packed days of praise, worship, learning about Christ and girl talk 🙂

 

This year, we invited a woman we all deeply respect (can’t you see why?) to share her life wisdom and some lessons from the Lord’s Word. Let’s just say, we weren’t disappointed.

 

Our theme this year was The Joy of the Lord. We learned about The Joy of the Lord in the workplace, in raising children, in foreign cultures, and in times of suffering.

There are many reasons why this retreat is such an encouragement, but the number one reason for me, as a young Christian woman and a young Christian wife, is that I am surrounded by women whose wisdom I admire and truly am astounded by. I learn so much about strength and beauty from being around these women. They are not afraid to share their lives- lives tainted by broken relationships, cancer, and so many other hardships. They have been through it all and have come out the other side unafraid to share how the Lord has changed their lives through these times of trials.

I know that I have so much more of life to experience and that all of that life isn’t going to be beautiful and easy. I know hard times will come. But, when I look at these women, and their relationships with the Lord, I know I don’t have to do it alone. I know where to draw my strength from and I know that something beautiful will come out on the other side. These women are such an inspiration to me and being around them, even for a short four days gives me the energy I need to make it through the rest of the year.

Maybe next year, you’ll join us 🙂

 

 

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