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  

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