Well readers, I am back to post for the second time in two weeks! I know it's real exciting huh? Thanks again for your feedback on the popularity of the blog topics at hand. My debut blog about The Girl seemed popular, thanks for all your great comments. There will be more to come about her, but for now, as the time is drawing ever so much closer, let me talk about my upcoming mission trip to Germany. My post months ago, "Go unto all the world...
" covered much of my mission trip and some basic information about it. So, my hope is not to repeat too much of that information, but give you a less formal view.
In 11 short days, I will be getting on an airplane with 19 high school students that I am responsible for and traveling across the pond that separates the Americas from Europe. We will be landing in Frankfurt, Germany the next day and jumping right into the business (and busyness) of things. There we are partnering with YWAM
and the local YMCA to expand the Kingdom of Heaven. The practical way we will be doing this is to interact with the locals and the other tourists. As you may know, the 2006 FIFA World Cup
began in Germany this last Friday (June 9th) and will continue through July 9th. Germany is expecting literally millions of visitors from around the world; what a strategic opportunity for us to witness to so many people from so many different backgrounds!
From what I understand, the YMCA we are partnering with, has been commissioned by the government to hand out information about the World Cup to the visitors. This is such an incredible opportunity, as it will give us access to just about every part of the city. As soon as people get off the subway, we will be there to give them information about the games which has been intermixed with the Christian players testimonies. There will be printed pamphlets, DVD's, Bibles with the World Cup logo
on the cover, and so much more! Since soccer (or football in Europe) is so big to the entire world, other than the States, people will be camped in fields and open areas to watch games on projection screens setup by the city. Our opportunity there will be to hand out water to hot and thirsty people, giving us the chance to just strike up conversations with them and serve them. Additionally starting a pick-up soccer game with some of the locals or visitors will give us a chance to involve ourselves in their lives.
Though I think it is a wise choice, we will unfortunately not be going to any World Cup games. If you have ever watch these, there can be mass rioting among other things, which makes it a safety and security hazard, which is why we wont be going. After all, trying to keep watch over 19 high school students in an arena that holds tens of thousands probably isn't too fun ... I might not enjoy the game at all.
The first two-thirds of the trip will be spent there in Nurnberg, and the remain third will be spent back in Frankfurt. When we are back if Frankfurt, we will be working on refurbishing a castle for a ministry there until we leave to come back to the States on the 7th of July. There were pictures on the web of the castle, but the only one I can seem to find now, is the background of this banner:
I don't know too much else about this part of the trip, but believe you me, when I get back there will be a plethora of pictures and stories for you to see.
The next post will be more about planning
for this trip, and leading a missions team full of high schoolers.