JonThree weeks ago I was out to lunch with my church. I get a random Whats App message from one of the staff on my DTS, I knew he was planing on coming to Berlin for a friends wedding but I figured that was still weeks away. I texted him back and said I could talk in 30 minutes, on the train I wondered what does the text he sent mean "Where exactly is your couch?" I gave him a call and he said he was in Berlin. It made my day, this dude is probably one of the raddest guys I've met. So he spent the month on my couch, helping with ministry and being involved with projects at the base.
|John and I at the intake center.|
We went to Legozo, maybe you remember me writing about Legazo (Its the refugee intake center.) We went there to do the local ministry where we skate and see what doors God opens. I sat down next to a guy and struck up a conversation. I asked what the reason for moving to Germany? he replied he changed his religion. I was thinking could this be?! I asked what religion he changed to and he replied that he was a christian, he then pointed to his friend on the right and said he was too. He said that they wanted to kill him so he fled. Ive told this story already quite a few times and every time I think back I feel so honored. This man is a hero in my eyes, his life shows the radical step of following Jesus. But for him, he is just being obedient. I told him I would keep him in my prayers, we parted ways and hugged.
The persecuted church is real. I would like to invite you to please keep him and his friend in your prayers but also the church.
|Break dance competition.|
YWAM Berlin helped at a local outreach. It was a bit more up my ally. We helped with set up and security for a music fest and break dance event. It was rad to see so many people from around the city participate in this event and through it many people heard about Jesus.
|Saying good bye to Vojtěch|
A couple weeks ago I got a text from a guy we had connected with though skate ministry. He comes from the Czech Republic and was back packing around Europe. I invited him out to Berlin a few months ago and he was finally able to make it out. It was so encouraging being able to spend the couple days with this dude and hearing his heart for the Lord.
We were skating the new park in town. I started talking with a dude from Sweden as he began to talk he became very interested in what skate ministry. Turns out that a few years ago he was going to a christian skate park in one of the southern states of America.
YWAM Berlin just finished up a summer program called Summer of Service. Its a 2 week camp where highschoolers come and grow spiritually, serve and reach out to the city. I spoke the second day and was periodically involved in it. The most rewarding part is seeing all dudes and girls grow in their faith equipped and ready to take it to their community.
It brought back so many camp memories from a couple years back when I worked as the skatepark instructor. So encouraging!
- (This month I have unproved more with German, understanding and speaking more, it still isn't that good but I can see God growing me in that.)
- The local skaters.
- Future growth in skate ministry here.
- Financial support.
Thank you everyone for your prayer and gifts. It brings me so much joy every month know I have people like you to support!