We had a great time on our recent short-term missions trip to Germany with effective ministry including transformative impartation, souls saved, saints equipped and released, and churches energized and envisioned. We made some new friendships which may turn into meaningful relationships.New doors of opportunity opened and we received several tentative invitations to return to Germany in the future.
The trip started off in Springfield Illinois where We were received with open arms by a dear friend and mentor Tom Griner. There we spoke and ministered at a Sunday morning meeting at Forerunner Church/House Of Prayer there, and the fun began. The Pastor Scott Beuchamp welcomed us graciously, and the people were wide open and already motivated to take the Good News outside of the four walls of their church in both word and action. As we ministered, Holy Spirit seemed to pile more firewood on the fame of motivation among them. The entire church responded by volunteering to be empowered to represent Him well. We look forward to the possibility of returning there to do a full Activate Love workshop in the future.
Then we traveled down to Springfield Missouri where we had been invited to minister by some dear young friends there, Jarred and Natasha Burgess. They are in the process of starting up a House Of Prayer there along with a large group of 20 & 30 somethings that are burning with passion for Jesus and for the lost. We felt right at home as we worshipped in the round, and then shared on the topic of sustaining a lifestyle of love. Prophetic ministry exploded afterward going both ways as we encouraged them and they in turn encouraged us. Such a great connection. Such a privilege to co-labor with Holy Spirit who seems to be energizing and overflowing in new ways everywhere!
Then we went to Germany where we ministered at a church in the city of Ludwigslust that is led by a former Lutheran pastor Gerhard Lewerenz. He got baptized by Holy Spirit some years back and started rocking the Lutheran “boat” with signs and wonders so drastically he was ejected from the denomination. Now he leads an independent church there that is reaching refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and Iran in an amazing way while still also ministering to a German congregation. He is partnering with several German government agencies to meet their practical needs in an environment of encouragement and safety, and the kingdom of God is exploding there. Two muslims made public commitments to Jesus just in the context of our meetings with them, and we ministered to many more who were very new Christians. By committing their lives to Christ, those precious people who have already lost their country usually loose their families too, and even put their lives at risk. In one meeting there were between 40 – 50 refugees from many countries along with more Germans. We ministered through interpreters into both German and Farsi, and saw Holy Spirit move in power! There were several significant physical hearings, and a number of people reported profound healing in their minds and souls. They also asked about the possibility of having us back to do a full Activate Love conference.We also ministered in two different Baptist churches outside of Ludwigslust that were open and responsive to Holy Spirit’s move.
Next we traveled to the northern edge of Germany to the city of Stralsund on the shore of the Baltic Sea. This is deep within what was at one time East Germany, part of the now defunct U.S.S.R. The culture there is different. In some ways people are more reserved, and in some ways more open and passionate. We poured into a group of leaders there who are beginning to explore expressions of church that will effectively reach the young people there who are largely unchurched and hostile to religion in general. It was an exciting opportunity. We felt as if we were getting in on the ground level of a new move of God in Northern Germany, where the only firmly established churches are the very formal Lutheran church, and some much smaller almost completely isolated Baptist and Pentecostal churches that are also very religious in style and approach to God. The bunch we were relating to has already transitioned into a very contemporary and expressive worship style. Their main worship team is all teenagers with the exception of its leader who is a passionate older man. In one meeting the entire group responded to an invitation for activation in prophetic ministry, and glory broke out all around the room. They were very responsive to our message and ministry, almost frothing at the mouth to get out into public with the power of God’s love. We discussed the possibility of returning there with a group of young people from our region here in San Diego to do an Activate Love conference, and allow for cross-pollination.
Our final stop was in a town outside of Straulsund to minister at what we had been told was going to be a very small house church. Instead, we found ourselves at a rented room that was overflowing with passionate, burning followers of Jesus. Again, they expressed interest in having us come again and do more in-depth training and activation to take God’s love out into their culture, and during the ministry time were explosive in His power. Some of the people there we had already met in the earlier meetings in Straulsund, and we were overjoyed at the chance to more fully develop those relationships.
The trip was not only profound in its impact of those we visited, it was also very redemptive to us personally. This is just one more thing that our good, good God has restored to us that the enemy had robbed. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for his goodness and the generosity of those that supported us.