Archive for September 27th, 2011

Who Needs Free Time?

Of course my schedule is filling up already.  Not sure how this keeps happening, but I cannot pass up opportunities!  I found a volleyball league that meets across the street from Connections at a Baptist church.  I also joined a choir that is associated with the JFK International School.  Our Christmas concert will be in the Berliner Dom!!!  Woot!

ALSO…I am going with the Lewis family to Wittenberg on Reformation Day!  Mondays and Fridays are German tutoring sessions with a university student going into language education.  She makes it fun and easy to remember and has helped us a lot with pronunciation!

I am sitting here in the gallery looking at twenty boxes of books that were stored in the basement or recently donated which need to be sorted and shelved, sold or given away.  I have had plenty of design work to do as well!  Many more ideas are flowing for future projects and many ideas for classes I could teach here!  I think our outreach to children is a big draw for Connections.  Not too many check out books but people seem more apt to attend special events and hopefully bring friends!

Pray that our efforts are most efficiently combined and used to reach the lost and serve believers.

Food experience: Schnitzel – ground pork breaded and lightly fried over roasted potatoes with onions and chives and a red wine, bbq tasting brown sauce. yum yum!

Remembering Nana

Prayer Requests: That more people would use the resources Connections offers even if its just meeting unsaved friends for coffee in a non-threatening, non-church environment.  Also, the Lewis family still needs to find an apartment so they can dedicate all their energy to Connections.
Answered prayer: Kristi’s back is almost back to normal and she is pretty much mobile now.  God took my grandma Home and healed her.  I am truly thankful for God’s goodness to her and to our family through her.  Good bye to my Grandma who passed peacefully into heaven Friday morning. She lived 89 years, through the depression, had three children in the fifties, outlived three husbands, survived breast cancer, saw 5 grandchildren, lived with diabetes, and quietly served the Lord and her family for many years.  I was able to say goodbye to her last time I was in Indiana so my main disappointment was is not being present to support my family, but I was able to feel part of things by skyping the funeral.  My sister read the following, since I couldn’t be there:

Nana was the only grandparent I ever knew and I was her first grandchild. The reason all her grandchildren call her Nana is because I couldn’t say “grandma” and it stuck. She even called herself this, signing all her notes with the traditional “xoxo, Nana”. She didn’t pass on her height to me, but I am pretty sure my brown eyes came from her. I am going to miss my Nana, all her quirks and graces. Here are some of the many important lessons I have learned from her.

• If it is on sale, it’s worth buying.
• One can never have enough paperweights or shoes.
• Daschunds are not canines but angelic beings that grace us with their presence.
• One should wear dress clothes to go grocery shopping.
• A sister can be a best friend.
• Appreciation for God’s creation, like freshly ploughed fields and the shape of bare trees.
• If Biglots doesn’t have it, you don’t need it.
• How to show love by serving others.
• It is a bad idea to leave steaks in the trunk for a week.
• Scrapple and Scrabble are wonderful things especially together.
• Generosity
• How to graciously and patiently care for her mom for many years.
• Probably the most impact she has had on my life is indirectly: How she raised a girl who would one day be another wonderful mom to me.

I am proud and thankful to be part of a fourth generation of fine, God-fearing women. I know during her long life Nana wore many hats and was many things to many people, but I thank God I knew her as grandma. I wish I could be there to celebrate her life, but I look forward to celebrating eternally, God’s rich blessing on generations of our family. Love you and miss you Nana,

Peace With God First

International Church of Berlin for September 11 Memorial service attended by the US ambassador and the German president along with several congressmen and a military attache.   I got there and hour and a half early and they were sweeping the grounds with bomb sniffing dogs.   The service was mostly in english and was mostly focused on world peace despite diversity.   The most moving part was when a guest singer sang “The Lord’s Prayer”, then it all seemed to fit… being in an amazing cathedral and hearing glory given to the One who deserves it and yet doesn’t need us to give it to him, or congratulate ourselves for inventing “world peace”.   The world needs to be at peace with God before it can be at peace with fellow men.
Monday, which is my day off, I went to the Berlin Zoo with Micah Lewis. Its the second largest zoo in the world and is refreshingly non-commercial and most of the barriers are trenches rather than fences giving a better view. Its a good thing rhinos cannot jump. The leopard cub and arctic fox cubs were ADORABLE.