We have been very busy since we last wrote, but we are all doing well and have been safely protected by God's gracious hand!
This last week, we have travelled by train through the Alps, spent precious time with some of our German friends, attended church with other believers and have driven a car on the AutoBahn. We've also been able to see our German daughter, our exchange student from five years ago!
Another highlight was passing out tracts during a 10,000 person demonstration! Here is an account of that experience through Dave's own words....
As I think about the Italians, I think about 2 Timothy 3:5 where the Bible says that some have a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. When I think of the Germans, I think of Psalms 14:1 where the Bible says that the fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. The Italians believe in a God ,and they have a moral value system that puts an emphasis on family. In contrast, the German schools teach evolution and the Bible as a myth.
Saturday, I had the opportunity to help the Baptist church in Munich pass out tracts. There were 3 people passing out tracts, and the platz where we were was the site of a 10,000 person demonstration that started at 1:00pm. At 12:30, a young German man approached me after he had read through the entire Gospel tract. The conversation lasted 1 1/2 hours. This man believes in evolution. He believes that the Bible is a myth. The conversation went fairly well and calm until about an 1 hour into the conversation. This man became so upset, that he was drawing the attention of those in the crowd. This was a large crowd with 300-400 riot police everywhere. This was a political demonstration that could have gone violent and this German man was so upset that he drew attention from those in this crowd! He ripped up the tract and threw it into the air as I walked away.
Please pray for Robert. I will be passing out tracts in that same area a couple hours a day during April and until we leave in May. It is a very different experience passing out tracts in Munich!
... These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off and were PERSUADED of them, and EMBRACED them, and CONFESSED that they were STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country... But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.