Our Missional Calling is a Family Affair

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It’s a crazy time in life right now as a family… crazy and blessed that is. We each have Kingdom building opportunities to “GO” and be a witness to people who may not know The Lord Jesus. We recognize that these opportunities are a gift from God and we do not take them for granted.

This is not meant to be a laundry list of our personal ministry productivity. We just thought you might be willing to pray for us and that you may encouraged to hear about what is happening.

Sofia will be traveling to Chennai India during Spring Break with Black Forest Academy, March 15-23. She will be joining a team of students who will be involved in service projects in poor communities as well as visiting and serving young children in orphanages. Sofia has a heart for children and they are drawn to her. Pray that she can be used by God to love people and be a mirror to others of her strong walk with Jesus.

Bianca will be traveling to Cape Town South Africa during Spring Break with Proclaim International, March 19-April 1. She joins a Proclaim team that will use sport, specifically soccer to interact with and be an influence for Christ. This is a partnership with a local ministry called SCORE that reaches out to underprivileged and marginalized youth to help direct them away from the trappings of life in the slums in and around Paarl South Africa. Please pray that Bianca and the team can be a light for Jesus in what otherwise is a very dark place.

Dawn just returned from South Africa (Feb. 11-27)  where she was serving with a Proclaim team influencing young people in the slums using the platform of teaching life skills (as featured in last months e-mail.) She says it was a very rewarding trip and God provided a few key contacts and relationships with a several young students.

Steve just returned from a very encouraging and fruitful advance trip to Albania, Feb. 20-23. He visited and met with pastors and contacts in 5-different cities with the intention of working towards an evangelistic outreach campaign shaping up for next October and November.

We thank all of you who donated resources for Bianca and Sofia’s mission trips during Spring Break!

Most importantly, we thank Godfor His calling on our lives and for the amazing privilege of representing The Kingdom of God wherever He has us in the world. We have confidence that God is using you as well, right where He has you!

We continue to be grateful for each of you who pray for our family and love & support us in this Kingdom building work!!

With much love in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

Some of What’s Next…

  • March 15-23 – Sofia on mission to India with Black Forest Academy
  • March 18-April 1 – Bianca on Mission to South Africa with Proclaim International
  • March 26-28 – Partnership in France with Celebrate Recovery
  • April – Advance Ministry Development Trip to Croatia
  • April 27- May 5 – Proclaim IC Leadership Meetings
  • May 7-26 – Evangelistic Tour in Germany with Partner Danny Plett
  • June 28-July 8 – Special Ministry Team in Germany from California
  • July/August TBA – Liberti Family Visit to California
More Ongoing:
  • Local, regional and international Ministry planning and development
  • Drum Circle Outreach with Refugees
  • Serving in our local German Church G5 meineKirche
  • Meetings with national believers for on-going recruitment efforts
  • Dawn’s continued work in the Finance office at The Black Forest Academy
  • Evangelistic Outreach Program Development with Team Germany
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Merry Christmas!

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“for today in the city of David, there

has been born for you a savior, who is

Christ The Lord”

Luke 2:11 NASB

This Christmas season, we reflect as a family on the past year. The short version is, we have been given much to do in God’s great Kingdom building work and God has proven Himself faithful once again!. We are blessed!

This is a time of counting our blessings, reflecting on God’s goodness & provision and looking for opportunities to inject truth and light into the lives of people God has put in our path.

The Christmas season is a great time to talk to people about hope and their relationship with God! We must be intentional about sharing the reason for the hope that is in us!!

We pray that we can all keep in the forefront of our minds, that Jesus is the reason for the season! May you enjoy this time with family and friends as we celebrate the birth of our King!

Love y’all lots!!

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

Please pray with us…

For dear friends who have recently lost loved ones.

For Dawn’s mom Marilyn and Steve’s mom Mary as they both have some chronic health challenges.

For ministry plans developing in South Central Europe/The Balkans as well as local partnerships here in Germany and the surrounding region.

Sharing Gospel Truth Through Mime

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When the opportunity came to be able to host our colleagues from Peru, we jumped at the chance!

For about a week recently, we were able to utilize the powerful art form of “Mime” to share Bible truth, spiritual topics and build new relationships with students, refugees and members of local churches in our community.

Our entire team was involved to some degree. Steve’s job was to lead the team, organize ministry activities, find housing for the team, keep them fed and to attend to their needs. We were able to partner with our local German  Church, G5 Church, Black Forest Academy, our Refugee Ministry partners and CSK Elementary School located in a nearby village.

It’s a powerful and captivating ministry tool that has no language barrier, as mime does not require vocalization to convey a story or message. Mime is essentially theatre, where the team uses facial expressions and body movements to communicate emotion and story through carefully orchestrated skits, often with music. Some of the Bible stories they share are David and Goliath, The Good Samaritan, The Resurrection and more.

This team is on a 3-month ministry tour that will take them to 6-countries including France, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Italy and America.

In a post-modern and increasingly secular culture like Germany, this kind of approach to sharing Gospel truth and promoting thought and conversation on spiritual topics is highly effective and compelling.

In prayer and through God’s leading, we will always try to find new, creative and unique ways to share a message of hope and an abundant life only found in following and being a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We continue to be grateful for each of you who pray for our family and love & support us in this Kingdom building work!!

With much love in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

 

Some of What’s Next?

  • October 6&7 – Local ministry outreach with local church partner Calvary Chapel
  • October 15-29– Special Project/Proclaim Germany Program Development
  • November 5-14– Proclaim’s Annual Conference
  • December– Special Local & Regional Christmas Outreach Focus
  • January– Advance Trip to Albania
More Ongoing:
  • Local, regional and international Ministry planning and development
  • Drum Circle Outreach with Refugees in Kandern & Efringen Kirchen
  • Serving in our local German Church G5 meineKirche
  • Meetings with national believers for on-going recruitment efforts
  • Dawn’s continued work in the Finance office at The Black Forest Academy
  • Evangelistic Outreach Program Development with Team Germany

 

Proclaiming Christ Among Roma Peoples

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Proclaiming Christ Among
Roma Peoples

From August 9-28, we partnered with some of the most passionate and dedicated Christ followers I have ever met. We spent about 3-weeks in Hungary and in Serbia working among Roma peoples in small villages where our partners tirelessly spend time to see them come to know The Lord. This evangelistic campaign was especially sweet as Sofia joined the team working with children and the tech team!

The Roma are among the poorest of the poor in Europe, both economically and spiritually, a deeply maligned ethnic group that continue to experience extreme prejudice and rejection. They are understandably suspicious of outsiders, who often attempt to help by giving them money or things, but who never linger to help create long lasting, sustainable  change in their communities. Our partners strive to overcome the effects of this approach by investing long term in Roma communities.

Our partners, Ron & Jeannie, Laci & Esther and Marijana & Emile and Pastor Feri who live near and minister in these communities were greatly encouraged by the work we were able to do together. By offering music and arts camps, we were able to demonstrate our care for the Roma children who attended, opening the doors to hear and receive the message of salvation through faith in Jesus through street evangelism and larger scale evangelistic outreach events. It was such a blessing to walk alongside these faithful Kingdom workers among the Roma. As they remain behind to continue their work in the Roma communities of Zsambòk, Boldog, Gyöngyös, Donji Petrovac and Backo Gradista, we continue to pray that the work we did together will bear fruit and a tremendous harvest. This is most definitely a long term partnership and we look forward to more ministry together in the future. If you are interested in more details regarding this evangelistic campaign, please don’t hesitate to write me!

Always grateful for each of you who pray . love and support us in this Kingdom building work!!

With much love in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

 

Some of What’s Next?

  • September 10-13 – Advance Trip to Albania
  • October 15-29 – Evangelistic Campaign in Albania working with National Churches
  • September 22-27 – Partnering with Local Churches using “Mime” on the Streets to Share The Gospel
  • November 5-14 – Proclaim’s Annual Conference
More Ongoing:
  • Local, regional and international Ministry planning and development
  • Drum Circle Outreach with Refugees in Kandern & Efringen Kirchen
  • Serving in our local German Church G5 meineKirche
  • Meetings with national believers for on-going recruitment efforts
  • Dawn’s continued work in the Finance office at The Black Forest Academy
  • Evangelistic Outreach Program Development with Team Germany

Please Pray!

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Please Pray!!

As I am writing this, it’s about 11 PM here in Germany. I’ll get up at around 5am to get ready to make the 15 hour drive to Hungary to begin our evangelistic campaign in Hungary and Serbia. I have the privilege of leading a 15 person team to come alongside our ministry partners in reaching Roma peoples. So, as a family, we are asking you to pray with us in specific ways.

1) Please pray for safe travel to Hungary. We have 8-team members from our German team driving tomorrow, including Sofia and myself. We also have 6-team members flying in from various places in America. We are also very excited to have recruited a young German man who will also be flying into Budapest. Please pray for our team!

2) Please pray for our partners Ron, Jeannie, Laci, Esther, Pastor Feri and Marijana. They have worked hard on all the details to be ready to receive our team and to prepare for the ministry we will have together. We have a great plan in place to make our time together part of a larger vision of sustainable work among Roma peoples.

3) Please pray for Roma people in these specific villages in Hungary: Zsambok, Boldog, Gyongyos and Hatvan. Also in Serbia: Donji Petrovac, Backo Graditsa and Novi Sad. Many people will hear the truth of The Gospel and we pray that there will be decisions made for Jesus Christ!

4) Please pray for logistical things and favor with local municipalities… that all will go well.

5) Please pray for several “Ministry Benefit” concert events where believers will be invited to come and hear about the ministry of our partners in order to recruit workers, gain supporters and prayer partners.

Thank you praying friends!!

As always, we covet your prayers and are grateful for your friendship, encouragement and support!

May God be glorified and Jesus be magnified in all we do!!

With much love in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

Prayer Requests

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In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”

Proverbs 16:9

Please join us as we take our prayer requests to The Lord…

Please pray for our family as Steve enters a season of heavy travel for various ministry efforts. Steve leaves early Monday morning.

Over the course of the 2-week period, Steve will have:

  • 8-flights
  • 4-international border crossings
  • 2 very long trips in a car.

Here is his schedule:

May 28-31:Flights to Budapest Hungary, crossing into Serbia by car. This trip is some advance work to make final preparations for a Evangelistic Ministry Tour taking place August 10-27. He will be working with ministry partners and church pastors to discuss our plans together, visit venues, look at housing for our team and of course lifting all of it up to God.

June 1& 2:Flight to Hamburg Germany, joining a team of people from G5 Church for a Worship Conference. Steve will serve as a musician on a worship team and interact with Germans trying to be a source of encouragement to local believers in Hamburg. https://g5meinekirche.de

June 3-9:Flight to Madrid Spain to partner with our colleague in Proclaim France to come alongside a ministry in Madrid. We’ll be working with International Media Ministries (IMM) to produce Christian programming and music for a Christmas CD intended for evangelistic ministry in Spain and other countries.

Please pray for all these efforts, for details to come together and most importantly as Psalm 16:9 talks about, that the course we plan is established by The Lord!

Dawn and the girls will stay behind in Germany so please pray for them as Steve is away and Dawn is left to handle all the details of life by herself.

Please also pray for Bianca and Sofia as they wrap up the 2017-2018 school year at  The Black Forest Academy. Both girls have done well and we are quite proud of them! We’ll soon be asking for help to cover tuition costs for the 2018-2019 school year. https://secure-q.net/Donations/ProclaimInt/17583

As always, we covet your prayers and are grateful for your friendship, encouragement and support!

With much love in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

Additional Prayer Requests

Please pray for Steve’s mom Mary as she has is dealing with some significant health challenges as of late. Please pray for her physical health but most importantly for her salvation!

Please pray for an extremely busy season of travel and ministry for Steve

Please pray for a close family member who is experiencing a serious chronic health issue.

Please pray that all we do, all the plans we make are in alignment with God’s will through the leading of The Holy Spirit

Please pray for all the planning and details regarding the large scale evangelistic campaigns in Hungary & Serbia and Albania Steve is leading this summer

Some of What’s Next?

  • May 28-31– Advance Trip to Budapest Hungary & Novi Sad Serbia
  • June 1 & 2– Worship Conference with G5 Church in Hamburg Germany
  • June 3-9– Ministry Partnership with Proclaim France in Spain
  • July 22-30 – Dawn on mission with Greater Europe Mission Family Camp in France
  • August 10-27 – Evangelistic Campaign in Hungary and Serbia partnering with a group working in Roma villages
  • September 3-5– Advance Trip to Albania
  • October 15-29– Evangelistic Campaign in Albania working with National Churches
More Ongoing:
  • Local, regional and international Ministry planning and development
  • Drum Circle Outreach with Refugees in Kandern & Efringen Kirchen
  • Serving in our local German Church G5 meineKirche
  • Meetings with national believers for on-going recruitment efforts
  • Dawn’s continued work in the Finance office at The Black Forest Academy
  • Evangelistic Outreach Program Development with Team Germany

Witnessing with Hand Drums?

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How does offering a drum circle to a group of Refugees advance The Gospel and help build The Kingdom of God?

Simple… It creates an opportunity to spend time with people, engage in conversations and build relationships.

This is just a small part of the work God has for us here in Germany, but an exciting one!

One of the great things we have discovered about the drum circle idea, is that it is one of the few things that will draw men out of the rooms they live in and into the public room at the center. That said, many ladies and children come to the public room as well. It’s fun, and a very simple way to learn more about people… their names, where they come from, what they like to eat, etc.

Most people at the center have at least some German that we can use to communicate. There are other team members who come along that can communicate in Arabic as well. This is a huge help!

My teammates Todd and Terri are typically with me as we engage with this group of people who are at the center. These people are at various stages of attempting to acquire permissions to stay in Germany permanently. Some will eventually be allowed to stay and sadly, some will be deported and sent back to their home countries.

They are here from various countries such as Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, many African countries and more with a large percentage of them are Muslim peoples.

The idea of our involvement at the center is to be a witness for Christ, as we and others spend time with them, gain their trust and build relationships.

In addition to spending time at the center involved in various activities, this group of people are often invited to Bible Studies, Holiday events, ESL classes, group meals, game nights, arts and crafts and other times of just hanging out together away from the center. The drum circle is but one point of contact.

What an amazing God orchestratedopportunity to engage people from so many different places 20 minutes away from where we live!

These are men, women and children who have hopes, dreams, problems, questions, needs just like the rest of us! These are God’s people whom He loves!

If bringing a few boxes of drums to a Refugee Center allows us the chance to spend time with God’s people who need Jesus Christ in their lives, then it’s more than worth it!

Thanking God for you all as we have the honor & privilege of being on mission and being your hands feet and voice in this region of the world!

With much love and gratitude in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

PS – One of the things I was involved with while still in America was “The Rhythmic Arts Project”, an amazing program that uses the drum circle format to work with developmentally delayed individuals with issues such as Down’s Syndrome and Autism. It’s a creative way to teach fundamental academics, develop gross and fine motor skills, build social skills and more. The drums I’m using here in Germany were donated to me by Oak Hills Church. Thanks again!

Check em out!

https://www.trap-learning.org

Some of What’s Next?

  • April 28 & 29 – German Worship Album Project Live Recording with G5 Church
  • May 3-7– Proclaim IC Meetings in France
  • May 28-31– Advance Trip to Budapest Hungary & Novi Sad Serbia
  • June 1 & 2– Worship Conference with G5 Church in Hamburg Germany
  • June 3-9– Ministry Partnership with Proclaim France in Spain
  • July 22-30 – Dawn on mission with Greater Europe Mission Family Camp in France
  • August 10-27 – Evangelistic Campaign in Hungary and Serbia partnering with a group working in Roma villages
  • September 3-5– Advance Trip to Albania
  • October 15-29– Evangelistic Campaign in Albania working with National Churches
More Ongoing:
  • Local, regional and international Ministry planning and development
  • Drum Circle Outreach with Refugees in Kandern & Efringen Kirchen
  • Serving in our local German Church G5 meineKirche
  • Meetings with national believers for on-going recruitment efforts
  • Dawn’s continued work in the Finance office at The Black Forest Academy
  • Evangelistic Outreach Program Development with Team Germany
  • Prayer Requests
    Please pray for Steve’s mom Mary as she has is dealing with some significant health challenges as of late. Please pray for her physical health but most importantly for her salvation!

    Please pray for a close family member who is experiencing a serious chronic health issue.

    Please pray that all we do, all the plans we make are in alignment with God’s will through the leading of The Holy Spirit

    Please pray for all the planning and details regarding the large scale evangelistic campaigns in Hungary & Serbia and Albania Steve is leading this summer