South Africa-Croatia-Prayer Requests and Family Needs

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Dawn Returns to South Africa!

Dawn returns to Paarl South Africa, February 10-23, with an 11 person team with Proclaim. Paarl is about an hour outside Cape Town.  Proclaim will once again be partnering with a local ministry called Monte Cristo. This is an organization dedicated to working in the townships (some would call them slums) among those living in deep poverty and exposed to broken social conditions including gang & drug problems and rampant crime.  Monte Cristo provides meals for thousands of young people and provides resources for families and “at risk” youth. The team will be working with youth and adults teaching “life skills” such as Bible, English language, cooking, sewing, art, computers etc. Dawn’s specific role will be to teach sewing. These are practical skills that can make a big difference in the lives of chronically under resourced people. It also presents an opportunity to interact with people, encourage them and engage in spiritual conversations about faith in God. We are so grateful to be able to come alongside Monte Cristo to love and serve marginalized people and partner with them in reaching the lost for Jesus Christ!
Steve Headed to Croatia for The “Ima Nade” Missions Conference Feb. 20-22
Ima Nade in the Croatian language translates to “There Is Hope”. It also happens to be the name of the Croatian ministry center of our mission Proclaim International. Ima Nade organizes this annual conference where pastors and other church leaders come from all over The Balkans to gather and fellowship. There will be people coming from Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo. It will be a time of vision casting, mutual encouragement, corporate prayer, spiritual renewal and an opportunity to hear how God is working in all corners of The Balkan countries. Since Steve’s focus is The Balkan countries, it is also an excellent opportunity to network and seek Holy Spirit led connections and ministry opportunities. One of the main speakers at the conference will Dr. Tim Savage, a founding members of The Gospel Coalition. Steve will be in Croatia from Feb. 20-25. 

Prayer Requests
Please pray for Steve’s mother Mary. We have requested prayer for Mary pretty consistently in the past but she has struggled more as of late. Please pray that God would give her some level of consistency in her health and the way she feels. As always and more importantly, please pray for her salvation.

Please pray for a man Steve had an opportunity to witness to while in Vlore Albania last fall. We have heard that he has continued to go to the local church we were working with. Pray that he will continue to grow and become a passionate and productive follower of Jesus Christ.

Family Needs
We are planning a short trip to California this summer and there are a couple of things we are asking our community to be on the lookout for…

Bianca & Sofia have been saving their nickels and are looking to purchase a solid used vehicle. They will have a budget of about a $5,000-$6,000. If you or anyone knows of a dependable small or mid sized car that we should consider, we would be very grateful. They are planning on taking the car back to Indiana where they will both be attending Taylor University. They will also be looking to borrow a vehicle before a car for purchase may come available.

Bianca and Sofia are also looking for summer jobs. They need to earn resources to help pay for university. If you know of an opportunity for them, please let us know. They will be in California this summer for two months from about June 25 – August 25.

Lastly, Sofia will be needing hours behind the wheel to prepare for her California Drivers License. Since she will be there a full month before Dawn and I arrive, it would be good for her to be able to get some driving time with another adult before Dawn and I arrive.  A trip to the store or an errand in town would be perfect! If you are so inclined to help out in this way, it would be very much appreciated. Thank you!

Here are Bianca and Sofia’s E-mail addresses if you hear of anything…

Bianca: bnliberti@att.net
Sofia: srliberti@gmail.com

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?

  • February 10-23 – Dawn on mission with Proclaim in South Africa
  • February 20-25 –Ima Nade Missions Conference in Croatia
  • March – Ministry Development in Albania/Macedonia
  • April 23-26– Partnership with Chrischona Theological Seminary in Switzerland
  • May 28-June 7 – Croatia – New Church dedication, celebration and outreach in Mačkovac
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

How Good And Pleasant It Is…

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…When God’s people live together in unity.

 

A wonderful and encouraging meeting in Lushnje Albania (Sept. 18-21) with pastors on a recent trip for praying and planning. 

Leading a team of Kingdom workers to a country for a 3-week evangelistic campaign is a huge task filled with mountains of details to handle. If I’m being honest, I can sometimes get bogged down in those details and lose sight of the bigger picture of the “why” of what we are doing, which is of course to see people come to saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The photo above shows a meeting we attended on our recent advance trip to Albania to finalize details for a campaign planned for October 21-November 10. This was a group of six pastors (and other workers) representing six churches who are very excited to work together and help the churches they lead, gain visibility, make new contacts, build relationships and make disciples in their communities. It was very encouraging to me and my colleague Todd who attended this meeting, to see so many pastors come together and be so willing to work for a greater purpose for the Kingdom of God as a whole. Please continue to pray for these pastors, our team and for logistical details that still need to come together for this campaign.

Father God, help us to keep you and your will in the forefront of our minds and not be distracted by the things of this world. Give us focus, strength, perseverance and unity as we go about the work you have for each of us to bring you glory and make you known among the nations.
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

Speaking of Unity, Please Pray for Germany

Tomorrow, October 3rd is a holiday here in Germany called” Tag der Deutschen Einheit” or Unification Day. It commemorates the anniversary in 1990 when the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) were unified, so that for the first time since 1945, there existed a single German nation state. There are celebrations nationwide that the country has been reconciled with each other to form a unified Germany.

Please pray though, for German people to think of eternal things on this day and what is vastly more important; that they would be reconciled to God through King Jesus.

Some of What’s Next?

  • October 21-November 11 – Albania Evangelistic Campaign
  • November 13-21 – Proclaim’s International Council & Annual Gathering
  • November 28-December 15 – Danny Plett Evangelistic Tour in Germany 
  • February 20-23 – Ima Nade Missions Conference in Croatia
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

 

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

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

IMG_1321Sharing Jesus with Students, Refugees and The Local Community Without Words

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