This year 6 students from the Chapel Hill Bible Church will be traveling with the Dinsmore family to live in Berlin. Some of us will be there for 6 months; others will be there for over a year. While we’re there, we’ll be working with EFG Lichterfelde (a church plant of Mavuno Church) and seeking to support them in their efforts to reach out to the people of Berlin and grow as a church. Ultimately we want to see glory brought to the name of Jesus and see the gospel message spread in Berlin. This blog will serve as a way to update and communicate with everyone at home. We will be posting pictures, videos and stories about our work in Germany.
So why are we packing up everything, putting our lives on hold and heading to Berlin? Here are some facts about the city that you might not expect.
- Situated in the middle of the former East Germany, there are a mere 3500 evangelical Christians in its midst.
- Only 5% of the population in the former East Germany attends church regularly, compared to 44% in the US.
- More than 70% of East Germans know nothing about Christianity.
- Sources estimate that in all of Germany, there are 3 or 4% committed Christians of any denomination, though there are large numbers of people nominally connected to Protestant and Catholic churches (about 30% each) for life rituals such as baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc. These state-funded churches also provide a wide variety of social services.
How can you help?
Please pray for us! Knowing we have a strong support base back home is a huge encouragement. Nothing we seek to do in Berlin can be accomplished without God’s provision. Pray that we and the church would be bold in our faith as we seek to spread the gospel. Pray also that the people we interact with would be receptive to the story of God’s love and grace. We know that God can use us and Berlin in huge ways to advance His kingdom if we ask!
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