Jasmin and I are about to get on a bus and go to a little town just outside of Dresden, just a few hours south of Berlin. Our friend, SARAH BRENDEL, is turning 40 and she has invited a good size group of people to celebrate with her. Sarah has been a ground breaking singer-songwriter over the last 20 years in Germany inside and outside of the Christian music scene. Though I don’t think she would make a distinction between the two and neither would I. She is the biggest Bob Dylan fan I know next to my father in law. Sarah is a Christian and lives in a castle with a group of artists. Their castle masquerades as a hotel and is probably best known for its recording studio. However as of late the Christian community that lives in and operates the castle has retrofitted a lot of the space to become long-term housing for refugees. Sarah along with all of her friends and colleagues are amazing people and we’ve known them for close to a decade now.
Along with celebrating and getting to meet and know her new refugee housemates or castle-mates, Jasmin and I are looking forward to getting outside of the city for the weekend and seeing some nature. We hope to use this time to also be in prayerful reflection for the coming Fall as we dive deeper into creating and developing community amongst artists in our neighborhood and loving our Syrian refugee neighbors. Please be praying for us as we are making plans for the Fall for using our apartment as a launching pad for a house church with hopes of growing into a network of house churches.
In other news my Dad is still in limbo with regards to his job. The clerical error which is affecting his security clearance is still being worked on and is tied up in normal red tape and bureaucracy. Needless to say this is still a huge financial burden on my parents. Being out of work now for more than a year as well as taken care of three elderly parents tends to drain the bank account. On a positive note another aerospace company is very interested in my Dad. They are really wanting my him to come work for them and are aware of him being in limbo. They are trying to speed up the process. Today he has a sitdown meeting with the president of the aerospace company. We would invite you to pray for my Dad that he will move out of limbo and then be able to choose from two companies that really want him.