We will never forget the radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes as M. enveloped Sue in a huge hug with kisses as she said, “Ich liebe dich” (I love you). She was proud of the sentence she could express in German but what amazed us more was her joy. M. is an Afghani refugee, a single woman without a male family member who has accompanied her – which is culturally both unusual and problematic. Since her participation in the German class last August it was clear to us that she was very depressed. We now know that she is not just depressed but grieving. Somewhere in Turkey, along the horrific path of her flight, her husband died of a heart attack and lies buried in a strange place. We have watched with wonder as she begins to read in German – a very important skill if she is going to not just survive but thrive as a single woman in Germany. But what about her grieving soul? Would you please pray that M. would open up her heart to Christ’s comforting, forgiving, healing, and enabling power – that the Savior would become her Emanuel.
Maybe you have noticed (or not!) that we have rarely made an appeal for finances in quite a long time. God has graciously and faithfully provided for us – through many of you! We are excited about new and greater opportunities in our ministry in light of the new and greater challenges that our sovereign God has placed on the country of Germany in the last 18 months with the refugee crisis. And it should not come as a surprise that we are suddenly faced with a financial deficit in our support finances. Through our many years of ministry service it is our experience that new challenges are often accompanied by a financial crisis attack. Would you please pray for God to enable us and to bring workers alongside of us to meet these new challenges? Would you please be willing to help us dispel this financial deficit by giving towards our ministry? Just click the appropriate link below if you can help
We wish you a Merry Christmas and joyful celebration of our Emanuel!
Your faithful partners in Germany,
Jason and Sue