On June 5 Zac headed home. It was a hard goodbye for one because he is my best friend and my brother and for 2 I had no idea when I would see him again.
I knew I would see him again soon. Two weeks ago I get a FB call at 1:30am saying "Im buying my tickets and am coming back September 1st." So stoked!
Its a really exciting time for us. The harvest is so plentiful here, but the workers are few. Its rad to have Zac coming back as we reach out more and more.
As I get more and more into the skate scene here, I get more stoked! I was skating the other day at the park. I started taking with a dude at the park before long the subject had switched to God. He said he wasn't raided in the Church and had no idea of who Jesus was. I shared a little of my story and the peace I found in Christ. From anyone who doesn't believe, when you say you found peace they think this dude is crazy. He was so open and wants to know more.
Im so stoked that I am finally understanding but also speaking more German! Every day I've been speaking German on the streets or the park. Whenever I skate, I always try to speak in German with the dudes I know. Thankfully they're gracious with my bad grammar. Its so cool! There are some dudes I've seen around and skated with lately and they don't speak much english which makes interesting but really good because it challenges them to learn english but me to German.
It was a busy week, non stop but so good! When I look back on things I then most easily process everything. We had one dude come out from the Netherlands, his name was Fulvio. A super chill down to earth dude with a great heart.
On Saturday we went out to Alexander Platz (The Berlin City Center) and connected with some other ministries. They did a dance outreach and then shared the Gospel. I and other slipped into the crowd and started talking with different people.
I started a conversation with a group of dudes, once I mentioned God all but 2 stayed. The dude said to me that he wasn't religious, I hight fired him and said nether am I but preceded to say, that I do believe and have a personal relationship with Jesus. It was hard for him to understand what this whole thing could mean. He also wasn't raised in a Christian home and knew nothing about Jesus. He believed in science and nothing different, that was the way he was raised.
Sunday we started off with church and headed off to Templholf (An old airport with a skatepark). We were skating, having a really good time with the locals and then the rains came. We chilled out under a building and chatted and chilled with the locals. More relationships being formed.
One of the things I've taken over at YWAM Berlin is Renovations and Maintenance. So we spent Monday doing practical work, cleaning out a huge attic.
July 4th last year is when I first came to Berlin to meet with YWAM and see of this is the place I felt God calling me. One year later here I am, crazy how time flies. Still haven't made it home for a 4th since 2011 I think but each one away has been well remembered.
Tuesday we headed out to a Refugee intake center but when we arrived they were ripping down the buildings and tents. We caused across the street and chilled in a normal park. I sat on a bench for a while while Fulvio went off to talk with some people. He comes back 20 minutes later and ended up having a super good conversation with a dude and he ended up getting saved. It was rad! As I was still sitting on the bench a Refugee came by and sat down next to me. I started to talk with him in German and we ended up having a really good conversation all in german. I was so excited! One year ago the extent of my German was learned from Hogans Heros and now God has opened my ears and mouth to speak at least enough to cary on conversations. Its so rad!
Wednesday afternoon we parted ways and Fulvio headed home to the Netherlands. So many good stories and experiences happened.
Berlin Open Skate Contest
Summer of Service
July 29- August 7
Fire Starters Conference
Local skaters we are working with.
Berlin Open for hearts to be open as we do ministry there.
Summer of Service for the students coming for 2 weeks.
Local Team, for more riders and dudes that can pour into locals lives.
Until the Harvest is in!