Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our last special days in Germany

Disciples of Worship spring 2014 missionstrip has come to and end, and as I am writing this our team members are making their way back to their homes all the way from Copenhagen in the south to Harstad in the north. Looking back at our missionstrip I am very grateful to God for all the worship that has been lifted up, and all the relationship we have been able to develop in Germany. I believe with all my heart that atmospheres have been changed and hearts have been softened as a result of our ministry.


Our last days in Slate were very special. We did not only have a good time with the believers we met in Slate and the surrounding region, but we also developed some close friendships with people of all ages. My own advantage in knowing German, gave me the opportunity to communicate and talk with both young and old. I personally found it special to be able to connect with a little girl, whose name was Anna-Lina. I loved the opportunity to read a small Bible story for her, and to be able to become her friend. 

I know that each team member made friendships with the people we met there, and that we were able to encourage both young people who were new in their faith, and faithful believers who had stood firm for years in a community were few are Christian. The situation for these believers in what was part of East-Germany, has been difficult. It was very special to hear young and old share how it is still normal to be atheistic in their area, and how difficult it is to tell people that they are Christians even today. Furthermore, some of the intercessors in the church were sharing how occultism and occult “healers” were common in their area. It was very special to spend five days in Slate to really come along side these believers in prayer and worship for their area.

 Saturday we held a worship and song writing workshop for the church in Slate. It was wonderful to see how some of the young people really caught the vision of what worship is, and to see them enthusiastic about writing songs that speak to their own situation. A few of the youths shared how they long to be more brave in sharing their faith with friends and family, and during the afternoon we helped them write the chorus for two songs. It was wonderful to see the spark in their eyes as they were getting inspiration for the songs. In the evening, we had a social night with worship where we were able to lift up Jesus name together. One of the church members who were at our events almost every night of the week, shared his own testimony of how his daughter was saved and healed after a traffic accident. It was wonderful to be able to lift this man’s spirit through worship and prayer. 

Easter Sunday we attended a church service in Suckow, and another church service in Marnitz. The young girls on our team, played two wonderful songs in the first service, accompanied by Papy on the drums. The youths of the church in Slate also played a song, and it was such a wonderful and powerful service. After the service in Suckow many church members walked along a beautiful path between Suckow and Marnitz (about 40-50 min.). This was one of their Easter traditions. The church service in Marnitz was a magnificent end to the Easter celebration with a brass band playing many of the songs. Mary, Lucas, Hannah and Papy shared 4 beautiful songs during the service. After the church service we were able to eat lunch with many of the friends we had made during the week, before starting our way back home from Germany.

Marie Hansen, Copenhagen

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Getting to build relationships in Slate

We arrived in the small village of Slate on Tuesday evening, preparing for 4.5 days of building relationships with the people.  It is such a beautiful village.  The people hosting us have taken such good care of us, providing 3 meals a day along with desserts and coffee throughout the day. 
We got to have a concert on Wednesday night where we shared personal songs, German songs, English songs, dancing, and testimonies (a couple of ladies shared their testimonies and my husband got to share his heart for the country of Germany).  It was a wonderful time to mingle with some of the people and practice the German I know.
 Thursday, also known as Grüne Donnerstag (Green Thursday), we traveled to Schwerin to visit a castle, pray and worship God (exalting Him as King in the city), and enjoy the city for a bit.  After singing, I walked over to a little girl that was listening to us and found out she and I share the same name J (Hannah).  I enjoyed talking to this beautiful little girl with the German I knew and was able to then invite her to the workshops we will be doing Saturday.
Yesterday (Karfreitag, meaning Pain Friday), we participated in a church service and then we got to do some worship evangelism in various villages.  More than one of those villages were actually along the pathway that the Death March took back in April of 1945 (69 years ago almost to the date).
Our time in Slate is not yet done, but it has been an absolute blessing and pleasure to be here.  We have been extremely blessed by the people, learning from the culture and Lord willing being a blessing to this nation offering the gifts that we have.
-Hannah Milbrandt, Texas, USA  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

So the Lamb may receive the reward of His sacrifice!

We are already three days into the Disciples of Worship missions trip here in Germany. We spent the first day in Herrnhut, listening to God and tuning our hearts to the Fathers heart for Germany. As we participated in the Palm Sunday church service, had a tour of Herrnhut and spent time in prayer, God was speaking to us individually and as a group. It was inspiring to hear about the unity between the believers in Herrnhut that fueled a 24/7 prayer chain that lasted for 100 years, and that resulted in 300 missionaries being sent to the four corners of the earth. The motto of this movement in the 18th and 19th century was “so the Lamb may receive the reward of His sacrifice!” I was personally gripped by the call to worship and missions, and the whole-hearted devotion to Christ reflected in these words.

When we arrived in Berlin on Monday, we had two new team members joining us from the USA, Hannah and Lucas. We had a very special and fun time doing worship ministry in the middle of Berlin Monday afternoon. I personally felt a release of freedom in the atmosphere as we were lifting up the name of Jesus. We were also able to talk to and share God’s heart with some of the people who stopped to listen to the music. Some young Danish girls approached me, and was surprised to find a Danish speaking Norwegian in Berlin. These girls were so open and hungry, and we were able to bless them with a cd and encouraging words about God’s amazing love for them. We also had a very special time of worship and prayer for the nation in front of the Reichstag (Parliament).

Tuesday morning and afternoon we were sharing God’s love and the gospel with people in Berlin. Independent of each other, two groups decided to give yellow roses or tulips to individuals. Many people were happily surprised to receive flowers, and this gave us the opportunity to share that God is longing for a personal relationship with them. Several of the team members had conversations with individuals with opportunity to share about Jesus, and we believe many seeds were sown in the hearts of people we encountered in Berlin.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Disciples of Worship is finally on the way to new adventures in Germany.

Disciples of Worship spring missions started with a few days in Norway, where the team got a chance to get to know each other. We had some wonderful days together Thursday and Friday where we got to seek God’s face together, sing prophetic songs over Germany, and also prepare some of the songs we will be playing in Germany. I personally think it is special to see the unique gifts God has placed in each team member, and to hear how God has been working in their lives. I believe God has put together an amazing team of worshippers of all ages, who are willing to go when God calls. As I am writing this, we have just crossed the border to Germany. Woho!!! We are so excited to see what God is going to do in our lives, through our relationships and in the lives of the people we will meet in Germany. We are eager to share Jesus love with people in Germany, and can’t wait to see what adventures God has in store for us on this trip.

- Marie