Ministry Opportunities in Hungary

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Colleague Todd, Pastor Feri and Steve in Hungary

As we focus our ministry efforts in The Balkans and South Central Europe, God is orchestrating more opportunities and new potential partnerships in that region of the world.

During our HMA year in America last year, we met Ron and Jeanne who have a ministry in Hungary as well as other countries called Community Health Evangelism (CHE) that focuses on working with Roma people.  This ministry is wholistic in it’s approach seeking to help people escape a cycle of poverty, church planting, issues with preventable disease, women’s ministry, Bible studies, children’s ministry, church planting and of course seeing people come to saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ!

Steve and his colleague Todd were invited to travel to Budapest in early October to meet with partners there who are interested in working together to reach Roma people. Over the course of 3-days we came together, prayed, sought God’s will and leading in what might be possible together and discussed what partnering together might look like.

We believe that God is directing us to come alongside CHE and help them with their ministry efforts. I would lead a Proclaim team that would travel to Hungary and Serbia to focus our evangelistic efforts in two Roma villages spending one week in each of them. We would have evangelistic outreach events using music as a platform to deliver the truth and beauty of The Gospel, have a music camp for students, equip Roma believers for their own future ministry efforts and more.

So pray with us that God would continue to direct our steps, details would come together and that our plans would align perfectly with His plans.

Thank you for all of your on-going prayers, encouragement and support!

With much love and gratitude in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

 

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!

Pray for our family as Dawn and Steve will be attending Proclaim’s annual conference in just over a week. Bianca and Sofia will stay at home and manage themselves, with some supervision.

Please pray for a colleague who is facing a huge battle for his health. He remains amazingly peaceful in God’s grace. What an inspiration he is to all of us.

What’s Next?

  • In the Fall – Another advance ministry planning trip to The Balkans: Albania & Macedonia
  • November 13-21 – Proclaim’s annual Gathering and Steve’s meetings with the International Council in Budapest Hungary
  • Christmas outreach events here in Germany
  • January 1-8 – Israel Study Tour
More Ongoing:
  • Local, regional and international Ministry planning and development
  • Serving in our local German Church G5 meineKirche
  • Settling back into our flat and getting back into “the groove”
  • Meetings with national believers for on-going recruitment efforts
  • Dawn’s continued work in the Finance office at The Black Forest Academy

 

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A Place to Hang Our Hats!

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Steve with Colleagues Greg, Todd and Karl (Karl not pictured)

For many reasons, this is an exciting time for our team here in Germany! One reason is that we now have an actual office space and storage/rehearsal space here for our team to utilize. This might seem like one of those “duh, of course you should have an office” moments, but we just never had the resources to have a work space before.

Historically we have used our individual homes to work in separately, getting together at times for prayer, projects and fellowship. We believe that having a designated space to come to everyday will help us stay unified, build synergy and stronger relationships. It’s a space we can come to work on individual and group projects. There is nothing it seems that can replace spending time together in the same space to help one another, encourage each other and spur each other on to good works!

We’ve got a fair amount of work to do make the space feel like home but we’ll get there! We’ll post more pictures as the process moves forward.

We praise God for His provision!!

With much love and gratitude in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

Prayer Requests:
Please pray for our upcoming time in Struga and Hungary for a mission conference and a ministry development trip.

Please pray for favor from the German Visa office. We submitted our applications about a week ago. We expect to hear something within a couple of weeks.

Please pray for Dawn’s aunt Lillian. She was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers and will be moving into a care facility. Dawn will make a trip to the U.S to help her mother Marilyn with this transition.

Please pray for our colleague whose father is in hospice care nearing the end of this life. Please pray for his salvation.

Please pray for our partners in Albania and Macedonia as we move closer to planning and preparing for our part in God’s great Kingdom building work in that region of the world

What’s Next?

  • Ongoing – Continue the move into the new office/storage/rehearsal space
  • In the Fall – Another advance ministry planning trip to The Balkans: Albania & Macedonia
  • Sept 19 – Meeting with the Lörrach Evangelical Alliance for local and regional ministry development
  • September 20-24 – Balkans Mission Conference in Struga Macedonia
  • October 6-9 – Advance Ministry Development Trip to Hungary
  • November 13-21 – Proclaim’s annual Gathering and Steve’s meetings with the International Council in Budapest Hungary
  • January 1-8 – Israel Study Tour
More Ongoing:
  • Local regional and international Ministry planning and development
  • Serving in our local German Church G5 meineKirche
  • Settling back into our flat and getting back into “the groove”
  • Re-Booting our weekly team meetings and devotionals with colleagues here in Germany
  • Meetings with national believers for on-going recruitment efforts

Ministry & Family Update

 

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“We never dreamed that God would use what little we had to offer and allow us to participate in one of the more thrilling creative arts outreach events we’ve seen in this country.”

This is a quote from our colleague Russ after we spent 2-weeks partnering with small churches in an are called The Thau Basin in France.  Clearly Russ was encouraged not to mention the pastors we partnered with.

In addition to larger scale evangelistic events sponsored by local churches, we also went into the community and did impromptu street concerts. This method drew good sized crowds and gave us and church partners the opportunity to engage in conversations about issues of faith and build relationships for ongoing witnessing opportunities.

This campaign was a big deal for local churches who are far too often under resourced and to some degree need encouragement to get out into their communities.

As far as we can tell, 12 people gave their lives to The Lord Jesus during this campaign! Praise God and celebrate with us!!

Plans are already in process to follow up from this campaign and assist our church partners  for sustainable model of ministry.

Peace, grace and love to you all in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

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This is our new (new to us that is) 2005 Volkswagen Sharan Van. It has 230,500 kilometers on it (143,000 miles) but it was within our budget and it’s a pretty solid ride for family and ministry use. (Wife and dog was not included) Praising God for His provision!

What’s Next?

  • July 31 – Dawn starts her work in the finance office at Black Forest Academy
  • August 5 – Sofia comes home!!
  • August 11-27 – Dawn’s short term mission with Greater Europe mission to the GEM family camp.
  • August 20 – Appointment for German Visa Application – PLEASE PRAY for God’s favor in this process!
  • August 30 – Bianca and Sofia start their 2017-2018 school year at BFA
  • In the Fall – Another advance ministry planning trip to The Balkans: Albania & Macedonia
  • September 20-24 – Balkans Mission Conference in Struga Macedonia
  • November 13-21 – Proclaim’s annual Gathering and Steve’s meetings with the International Council in Hungary
  • January 1-8 – Possible Israel Study Tour
Ongoing:
  • Local regional and international Ministry planning and development
  • Serving in our local German Church G5 meineKirche
  • Settling back into our flat and getting back into “the groove”
  • Preparing to move into our new office space – More info on that to come in the next e-mail blast. VERY exciting!
  • Re-Booting our weekly team meetings and devotionals with colleagues here in Germany
  • Meetings with national believers for on-going recruitment efforts

Thank you for a GREAT night!!

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We wanted to throw a party and you were the special guests!! If you were able to come and spend the evening with us last Saturday April 1st, we pray you enjoyed yourself.

By far, the biggest reason we wanted to get together, was to show our appreciation and communicate how grateful we are for your on-going partnership these last years in advancing The Gospel around the world. Thank you!!

We had the Proclaim band Mercy Street there, live visual artists, great food and desserts, video elements, times of sharing and even vision casting as to what our next 5-year term will look like. If that weren’t enough, God was faithful (as usual) in providing for some resources we needed, like some monthly support we had lost over the last 5-years and also for Bianca and Sofia’s tuition for the 2017-2018 school year. Praise Him!!

If you weren’t able make the evening, we know you still have our back! We missed you but we know timing and the business of life can get in the way.

Our departure time is not far away… early/mid June. There might still be some time to hang out before we leave. Just get in touch or we will try to get in touch with you!

For now, we are encouraged by the amazing community we have with so many great, gracious, generous and loving people like you!

Again…. Thank you for what you do for our family & The Kingdom of God and for your support in our missional calling. We are your hands, feet, eyes and ears in a world that needs reconciliation with God thru our Lord Jesus Christ!

May you be blessed richly and abundantly in Christ Jesus!!

Much love,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia 

Balkans Ministry Update & Your Invited!

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“The trip exceeded my expectations! This is my response when asked about how the ministry development trip to The Balkans went.

My colleague Branko and our brother Clayton traveled to Croatia for the Ima Nade Missions Conference and then climbed in the car for travel to Serbia, Macedonia and Albania. The meetings were very encouraging, fruitful and productive. God is most definitely opening doors for partnerships in The Balkans! We will continue to pray and seek God’s will for ministry together. However it looks like we will be working towards perhaps at least 2-different evangelistic campaigns in The Balkans in 2018.

By the numbers: * We logged over 3,000 kilometers (about 2,000 miles), * Had ten different meetings with potential pastors & partners in four different countries * Somewhere around 15 border crossings * We drank about 100 cups of coffee… each.

I would love to share more of the story of how God is moving thru us in the Balkans. Write me or next time you see me, ask me for more information or come to our event on April 1st! I’ll be sharing more then – See below!! I’d love to talk your ears off!!

May the peace of Christ be with you!!

Blessings, steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

 

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Your Invited… To our “Sending Celebration and Partner Raising Event! Saturday April 1st, 5:30-8pm at Oak Hills Church in Folsom

Join Steve, Dawn, Bianca and Sofia Liberti for a fun and encouraging evening as we celebrate God’s goodness and prepare to return to our base of ministry in Germany this June. Dinner, dessert, live music, encouraging videos, a few surprises and childcare provided (under 7 years old). You will also have an opportunity to join our support team! It would mean so much to us for you to be there to send us off for our second term in the mission field.

Please RSVP by March 22nd to: dlibertigermany@yahoo.com (mailto:dlibertigermany@yahoo.com) or call 916-805-0187

Please Pray!!

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Please pray!!

We are asking for your prayers as Steve travels internationally for the next 2-weeks for ministry. Due to security reasons, we can’t tell you where he is going and what he will be up to. But, you can still pray for the team he is joining from November 1-14.

Please pray that everything we do to be in perfect alignment with God’s will. Please pray that thru us, God would reveal Himself to people who desperately need Jesus!

Please also pray for Dawn, Bianca and Sofia during Steve’s travels. Pray for Dawn as she juggles responsibilities that are normally shared. Pray that God would give the family a sense of peace, safety and security during this time.

Praise God that we have an opportunity to be salt & light in the lives of people who are trapped in a political and social context that limits religious freedoms.

Much love in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

 

Our contact info for the year is:

The Liberti Family
114 Sierra Woods Circle
Folsom, California 95630

Steve: 916-805-0798
Dawn: 916-805-0187

Current Upcoming Ministry:

Nov. 1-Nov. 14: Ministry in a closed country
Nov. 29-Dec. 8: Proclaim – Intl. Council and Annual Conference, Georgia
Feb. 2017: Advance trip to The Balkans (Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo)
TBA: Multiple trips to Proclaim US office in Jacksonville Florida for training and special projects

Ongoing: Serving and working with partner churches, reporting to supporters, investing in and loving people, recruitment, special projects for Proclaim on West Coast etc.

Other Prayer Requests:

That Bianca and Sofia would forge new friendships this year and remain connected with friends they left in Germany.

That Dawn would be able to take the classes she needs to accept more bookkeeping duties with our mission Proclaim.

That Steve would be wise with the calendar and not overload himself or the family

Please pray for people trapped in physical and spiritual poverty in South Africa.

Please pray for Jesus to be magnified and God to be glorified through the work he has for us!

Please pray for all the logistics surrounding our HMA Year.

Please pray for the thousands of refugees that continue to enter Europe, that Christians would be bold witnesses for Jesus.

Thank you for your prayers for our family and for the ministry God has blessed us with!

Where Are You Steve?

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She is not going to like this. She does not like her picture taken… sorry mom.

Everytime I called mom on the phone from Germany over the last five years, inevitably the first question she would ask would be, “where are you Steve?”

Not because she had forgotten I was in Germany, but rather it was because she was hoping for a specific response. She was hoping I’d say that I was in California and on my way to her apartment to come see her. It was a little game we played over the years. I disappointed her a lot… until now that is. Of course, we are in California and eager to see and spend time with her as much as possible over the course of our HMA year in America.

This is the biggest blessing about being in America for the year… re-connecting with family and friends. People are the most important gift God gives us in this earthly life.

Mary is 84 years young now, has slowed down significantly but remains in good health. She is a sweet, kind, gentle and quiet woman who rarely has anything negative to say about anything or anyone. She has a great relationship with Dawn and Bianca & Sofia love her a lot.

We’ve been through a lot together in life, lots of upheaval, family tragedy and what sometimes seems like more challenge than anything else.

Recently, Dawn’s mom Marilyn gave us a week away as a family in Monterey. We decided to bring Mary with us. It was a glorious time of hanging out, reminiscing, loving on each other and spending quality time together. Thank you again Marilyn!

We pray for mom often, about a lot of things… health, strength, peace, comfort and clarity of mind, but mostly for her salvation.

Mom remains a devout Jehovah’s Witness. She still goes door to door, does what they call “cart witnessing” and faithfully attends every meeting at the kingdom hall that is located across the street from her apartment. We have had many conversations about issues of faith but at this point we have agreed to disagree regarding the theology of her worldview and what it means to know, have relationship with and be a disciple of our Lord Jesus.

It’s really great to be so close to mom this year and to be able to visit with her face to face, give her plenty of hugs and tell her I love her.

However, June of 2017 will come soon enough and we’ll walk into the airplane after saying goodbye once again. When I’m by myself, I’m often very sad when I think about that day… it will come sooner than we think. I’m distraught that she is not walking with The Lord.

So, we pray for her salvation and that she would coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ. We continue to love her the best way we know how while we are together – right here and right now. We are grateful for your prayers.

Peace and grace to you and yours in abundance…

In Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

Our contact info for the year is:

The Liberti Family
114 Sierra Woods Circle
Folsom, California 95630

Steve: 916-805-0798
Dawn: 916-805-0187

Current Upcoming Ministry:

Sept. 18: Missions Conference Lincoln
Sept. 22: NAB Missions Meeting
Sept. 24: Worship Team Training Davis
Nov. 3-18: Evangelism and Training Closed country in the Far East
Nov. 29-Dec. 8: Proclaim – Intl. Council and Annual Conference, Georgia
Feb. 2017: Advance trip to The Balkans (Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo)
TBA: Multiple trips to Proclaim US office in Jacksonville Florida for training and special projects

Ongoing: Serving and working with partner churches, reporting to supporters, investing in and loving people, recruitment, special projects for Proclaim on West Coast etc.

Prayer Requests:

That Bianca and Sofia would forge new friendships this year and remain connected with friends they left in Germany.

That Dawn would be able to take the classes she needs to accept more bookkeeping duties with our mission Proclaim.

That Steve would be wise with the calendar and not overload himself or the family

Please pray for people trapped in physical and spiritual poverty in South Africa.

Please pray for Jesus to be magnified and God to be glorified through the work he has for us!

Please pray for all the logistics surrounding our HMA Year.

Please pray for the thousands of refugees that continue to enter Europe, that Christians would be bold witnesses for Jesus.

Thank you for your prayers for our family and for the ministry God has blessed us with!