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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Skate Camp//Zac//German


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. 

Skate Camp. 

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. 

Upcoming events. 

Berlin Open Skate Contest 
July 10

Summer of Service
July 29- August 7 

Fire Starters Conference 
August 11-14 

Prayer Request. 

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. 

Language. 

Encouragement. 

Financial Support 

Local Team, for more riders and dudes that can pour into locals lives. 

Thank you all for your prayers and financial support!! It means so much to me having people wrapping their arms around me in prayer as well as financially.

Until the Harvest is in!
-N

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Local Ministry// Barcelona// Harvest


The month started off busy with Huckleberry coming from Calling All Skaters in Barcelona for a YWAM conference. He decided he would come out a week early and skate and be involved in everything we have going on.


We decided that we could go out to a refugee camp and try to find some ministry opportunities. We did! We started skating in the street doing some tricks and it wasn't long before people started watching. We walked up to this guy and started conversation. He spoke little german and english so we used the next best thing, google translate and pictures. Zac took a stone and carved the cross diagram into his board while explaining the gospel and why Jesus came. At the end we were able to pray for him, even though there was language barrier, God still worked.

Every day we try to get out and skate. This day we went out and rand into a random crew of dudes, good vibes.
We skated a couple kilometers down to a spot. Where everyone started filming a little and there were a bunch of little kids getting in the way, messing around on the spot. I think its easy to forget to love. But thats the cure. So some of us took turns giving the kids our boards to use and tried teaching them stuff.
I started talking with a kid in German and he asked if I came from Italy, I felt super honored so apparently he didn't hear my american accent in my German. It was good and so good being able to speak a little more and more. Along with teaching skating. I looked over at Zac trying his hardest to communicate in German while teaching a little kid how to skate. It brings so much joy to my face seeing it.
After we were done skating the spot we caused down to the river and chilled out. While there I felt God really confirm skate church here in Berlin. That one day soon, after a day of causing we will head down to the river and do Bible study. So I am so stoked for that day and to see what God will do.



This month God opened the door for Zac and I to head to Barcelona for Street League. Street league is the largest skate contest in the world. This year there are 2 stops in Europe and few scattered around the states. We met people from all over Europe while there who flew in for this one event. It brings everything into reason. Thousands of skaters filled the bleachers and streets that weekend. It makes you feel so honored to be part of reaching them with the Gospel. 


There are more stories and more experiences that happened but we know for sure that God is at work here with skate ministry. Our current needs and prayer request for the next month are.  

  • Help. We are in need of skaters to come out and help, if you or you know someone that would be interested please let us know. The harvest is plentiful.
  • Financial support. As we continue to reach skateboards with the Gospel across Europe. 
  • Skate Team. We are now beginning to build a skate team here in Berlin.
  • Relationships. To grow deeper.  
  • Language. 
  • Skate Camp this July. 
  • Upcoming events. 
We are so excited seeing all that God is doing. Thank you so much for your prayers and support! 

Zac has been serving faithfully the past two months here. I have to brag on this photo because I am so stoked that God has opened the doors for him to be here and be a huge blessing to what is happening here in YWAM Berlin and in skate ministry. I am so honored to call him my brother!
 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

USA // GERMANY// SKATE MINISTRY

Another month rushed by and with the rush of time so many new and exciting things have happened. The first part of March I spent doing renovations around the base, doing odd repairs as well as building a new sealing in one of the rooms.

March 16, my girlfriend and I flew to the U.S. for her to meet my family as well to spend Easter at home. It was so amazing to be home being able to rest and spend time with my family. During my time there I spoke at 2 churches, one homeschool group, one youth group and two radio stations.
Thinking back on that now shocks me because only 2 of those were planned before I arrived. As a missionary you live on what others give to you.

I flew with my laptop back home and when I had gotten there tried turning it on and it was broken. I didn't have the money for a new one and was wondering "why" I was praying about it for a reason and for it to work. So that morning my mom walks into the living room where I was doing quiet time and asked what kind of size computer I needed because an independent Mac store wanted to give me one. I told her what would be nice and the next day a new MacBook Pro shows up way better then the previous one I had. This still shocks me but I know that God had a plan and I am so grateful. He is so faithful, even in the small things he always seems to provide our needs.

One day while back home we decided we would do a day trip to Chicago. A man stopped me on the street and handed me a couple Bible tracts, I said to him I was already a Christian and he should give them to someone else, he handed me a few more and said "no, you give some out to people too." I walked away thinking about this and his response. That was the best answer he could have possible given me. That evening on the train I felt Holy Spirit urging me to talk to the man behind me on the train. He was reading a JW book, so I struck up a conversation with him and gave him some of the tracts I got as well sharing with him why she should read the Bible and asking God to show him truth instead of relying and reading JW material. Before saying goodbye I told him I would pray for Him, he was so encourage through everything. He was so hungry for truth that He took anything he could get his hands on and thy was why he was reading that stuff, people are hungry and its so important that they get their hands on TRUTH.









One thing I haven't experienced that much in the past couple years in snow.
The last time I really saw snow was for 2 weeks in the beginning of January 2015. While home the weather was doing some strange stuff and we got a couple inches and were able to go sledding with my brother. I know it sounds like a kid thing but it was amazing and so much joy in all of it.

Finally, April 3 we flew back to Germany and April 5th Zac arrived where he will serving along side me for the next 2 months.



As we look to the near future we are so excited to see once again!
This spring we will be focusing on building relationships with more skaters around Berlin as well as ministry at contest and starting refugee skate lessons.

Our prayer request for this month are.

  • Skateboards for skate lessons. 
  • Relationships with local skaters 
  • Ears to better understanding German
  • Skate camp this summer 
Please join us in prayer as we reach Germany one skater at a time with the Gospel as well if you are interested in financially supporting, your donations would be greatly welcome.





Wednesday, February 24, 2016

HomelessMinisty//Germany//Graduation//Future



Another month has come an gone. So much has happened. As I look back over our 2 months in outreach I see the grace mercy and love of God.
One day during the final weeks of outreach we did some homeless ministry. We made a ton of sandwiches and tea and walked the streets.
 We sat down and started talking with some guys and gave them tea and a sandwich. They opened up very fast. For one man he said he had been living on the streets for over 20 years. He fought with his commanding officer and got kicked out of the SA Navy. He never really got himself up. Another man had a similar experience.
We had a chance to pray for them. It begins to break your heart. For us, this is a story we read but for them this is a life they live.
One homeless man came up to our group and had a bag of bread and offered it to us. He fed the birds and his friends. It was amazing to see the heart.
One student prayed for one of the men to receive Jesus. The joy was amazing! Probably one of the most rewarding moments on the whole DTS.





During our time there we spoke in multiple schools on human trafficking. We will never know how many classrooms we were in. We would split into 4 groups and do whole schools. Its such a big problem but so rewarding to be part of raising awareness and letting the students and teachers know what they can do to help.

 February, 2 we flew back to Germany. I got food poisoning the night before so it made for an interesting flight. We all made it back safe and sound to Berlin.

We did a week of debrief and on the 9th we had the graduation. Its so crazy how the five months went by so fast but more then amazing to see the ways and things God did in the students lives.
sandwiches, tea and went out on the streets. I was with 2 students and we sat down on the side of the road with some homeless men and woman.


So what does the future for me now look like? One reason that I believe God called me to to Berlin for was to pioneer a skate ministry. So this month I will be working on building connections. As the weather gets better I will try to get Skate Church started. This summer we will be doing a skate camp here for European skaters. My hope is to work with refugees since the amount we have in Berlin is huge. I will also be working with renovations on base. So I will be staying busy. I am so excited to see what God has in store!


Prayer Request.

  • Financially. 
  • Skate Ministry. This month I start having meetings and planning for skate ministry here.
  • Language. Im learning but its still slow. Last week I completely 3 sentences when one of the students parents was talking to me. I was so excited! And I am understanding allot more but its is a slow go. Prayers would be amazing!
One day at worship night in Muizenberg the base leader talked about smelling the roses. He talked about how being a child and walking to the river to draw water and how he had gone back to the river this year an saw the beauty he had never seen. He also talked about the need in slowing down and noticing all that God has created. This challenged me! So i did it. I started noticing flowers, water, creeks, trees, mountains, people, animals, the list continues. The mountains became normal but not anymore and the sea even more beautiful. Enjoy some of the photos i took with this mind set. Now my challenge to you, take time to smell the flowers.

I went skating one afternoon and shot this. I saw it every day and it didnt take long to be normal until this day where God showed me. The mountains are his.
From a prayer walk one day and came across this beauty. Another everyday place that God reminded me of.




Climbed this mountain the second to last day. Behind the thistles and weeds there are beautiful flowers growing.
Ethiopia.
Hotel view from Addis Ababa. So many people so many stories from that day.

So thank you for all your prayers and support!

 Love you all!

Nathaniel Muench
Until the harvest is in.

Monday, January 18, 2016

December//Holidays//Jesus

Reflecting on the past month gives me so much joy to see what God did. We arrived Dec 10 here in Mizenberg. We all had a general idea of what ministry would look like but then again it was only a general idea.

The first week we spent helping host a crime prevention program in one of the villages. We had no idea how many kids would come or what it would really look like but when we arrived that Monday morning we could see that it would be a busy week. The kids showed up so excited.We spent the week doing games and other stuff like that as well as teaching them in crime prevention. The villages have quite a bit of crime and the key is to raise the kids up in the right way.

The week after that was Christmas, it had its challenges being away from home.This past year, I was
gone for every holiday and family gathering so it was somewhat challenging but it was still so good and I would even say one of the best Christmas I've had. Christmas afternoon a few of us climbed to the top of a local mountain. We got to the top and you could feel the presence of God. We spent time praying and worshiping. We believe that God, our Father made the earth he made it to be enjoyed for us to see his glory and experience Him. Looking over the city and sea, it was like a Christmas gift from God with a smile on His face saying enjoy.

During the week of Christmas, we did door to door ministry in the village. The first day we came to a house with two older men who were addicted to alcohol. They were so broken and looking for anything to take it away and give them peace. One excepted Jesus.
The next day we were waiting outside one house while a part of our group was talking to some people inside. A mama came up to us and said, "You walked right by my house, I want prayer too." We we went to her house and one of her friends was there. The woman was a born again but her friend wasnt, we talked with her for a while and then she gave her life to Christ. The raddest part was the joy that this mama had, you could see the light of Jesus shining out of her.

The week after we spent time time doing train ministry. We brought a speaker into the train and we would play worship music, preach and walk around the train and pray for people. It was an amazing experience. One day we took the train into Cape Town and we prayed for people. Everyone came into really cool conversations with people on the streets.

This past week we helped with a youth camp. Each day we prepared a teaching, did songs and a drama. From there we would break the kids into groups and have them talk about what they learned.

One kid who was in my group always had the biggest smile on his face. We sat the kids in a circle
and prayed for them. He said that he felt God wanted him to be a pastor when he grew up. I was so stoked to hear that. I will never see him again but I know God will do amazing things with him.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Visas//SouthAfrica//Etheopia//Miracle

Its been a crazy last month, where do I start.

Jian and I had our visa appointment December 1st. We went into the immigration office hoping high to have an easy appointment. We arrived and noticed that when we applied online for our appointment that we had not received waiting numbers.  So we went to the office for some but by the time I had gotten there and gotten the numbers I had missed my appointment time.
Jian was able to get in but they shut him down and denied him the visa. Our hopes were crushed but we were faithful to pray and pray more. We went back into the office to try for a number with me so they sent us to an office and to another one. Finally they asked for all of our paper work and said they would review it. So we sat down in the lobby. Pretty soon they called our names and started asking us questions about what we do and whatnot. We told her and she said we didnt have the right paperwork but we continued to pray. Finally she said, "I'll give you a year. You can print passport photos in the second floor, please hurry." We ran and came out with some wacky visa photos. God is soooo good! We left the building dancing and laughing at how funny our visa pictures looked. Prayer works! God has called us to Germany, that was proof.


We left for South Africa the 8th of December. We had to take a train 4 hours to Frankfurt, with one transfer in the middle. We arrived safe in the transfer city but then missed our train to the airport. We were all bummed and hopped the next train, this one however went to the city and not directly to the airport. We made it to the airport an hour and a half before our flight.  We had no problems and then when we passed through security, they asked one of the staff, "Where are you coming from?" She replied, Berlin. They said "How? the train never made it to the airport and caught fire." We all rejoiced. If we would have made that train we would have missed our flights. God once again is faithful.

We were dreading having to spend 15 hours in the Ethiopian airport(I had a layover there in January, the DMV is more exciting then that airport). We went to the visa office and they said that the airline covers the cost for us to all be put up in a hotel with free food for that day. We arrived at the hotel at 8:30 in the morning and we had the opportunity to walk around the city. I got to show the students some African street food and we were able to play football with some street kids and talk to some locals about Jesus. It was all organic but God worked through it.

We finally made it safe and sound to Muizenberg, South Africa, Thursday morning, the 10th. God paints His glory across this universe. It is so humbling to see so much the the beauty he has painted across this land. This is the view from a hill near our house here.

"It is the whole business of the whole church to preach the whole gospel to the whole world."
-Charles Spurgeon


Sunday, November 15, 2015

October and South Africa


Once again another month has flashed by. I wonder so often where does the time go? One Monday you’re trying to wake up for worship and before you know it Friday is here.

This month has brought many new and exciting things that God is doing here.

The students are all growing so much. It is so encouraging to see them step up in their faith and be bold. Six weeks ago I created a cheesy challenge for the students to eat all their meals for one week with their hands. It didn’t fly with some people and was shot down after a couple days but what it did spark was a weekly challenge.
The first week was, if you see anyone with a red shirt you have to ask if you could pray for them. It was a real spark for the students and one week later during a sharing time they were all filled with stories. Every week we do this challenge, God is doing rad things every week with it.

One week ago I did a car share to Nuremberg (A city in the southern part of Germany.) It was a 4 hour dive and not only did we get up to 160mph on the autobahn but God opened the doors to share Christ. The guy and his girlfriend said they we’re not “religious” my response was that I wasn’t ether. They were shocked but then I said that I do believe in a personal relationship with Jesus and was able to share the message of the cross.
Peoples view here is so built on religion or the big church down the street but have no idea about a loving God that wants to have relationship with them. We talked for about 20 minutes about God and I believe that it truly impacted them.

On my was home I took the bus, arrived in Berlin and walked to the train to my neighborhood. It is 5 stops but something happened and the train only went 3, I wasn’t sure how to get back. I walked up to the conductor to ask and there was a English guy asking the same question for the same stop. So we got on the bus together and headed to my neighborhood. I asked what he does in Berlin and he asked me too and from there it lead into the Gospel. He was an atheist but after our talk he was so much more open to the Gospel.

In one short month we bind up and head for Cape Town on outreach. We will be serving there for 2 months. We plan to work in the townships outside the city as well in the city with street kids and also in many other ways.

We are all so excited to see what God will do with our time there. It is exciting for me because for most of the students it is their first time going into the mission field, (as Christians I believe we all live in the mission field but to see them and their joy to go to a different continent is so amazing)

Even though we’re still a few months out we are so looking forward to see what God has in store for the 2016 season. There is some rad stuff in the works that you will be soon filled in on in the life of skate ministry here to come.
I would also like to invite you to be apart of South Africa as well as the 2016 season. Prayer is most important, but also financially would be greatly appreciated. Living on support can be quite challenging at points but so rewarding to see Gods faithfulness. If you would like to help that would be AMAZING!!!

Thank you so much for your prayers and support this month.

Grace, peace and love.