Greetings from Berlin,
We hope everyone receives this update without a problem. If you did not receive this email, let us know (that’s a joke).
It is almost the beginning of our garden ministry season. We have already begun work in the garden. Unfortunately, because of our family sickness and hospital visits in the fall, we were unable to get a lot of the end of the season work done last year. That means we have extra work to do to prepare for this year’s season.
In the photos below you will see two surprises that we found in the garden so far this year. The first is the patio, where our large table, chairs, and grill were stored for the winter. Unfortunately, when we returned from our trip to the US in early January, we discovered that the furniture and the grill had been stolen. YEAH! Well, the good news is that the house was not broken into and nothing was damaged. It must have taken several people and a truck or van to haul that heavy table, bench, six chairs, and large gas grill (with a gas canister locked to it) over the fence and out of the garden colony. We’ll have to buy new furniture and a new grill for our ministry season this year. But the biggest headache is having to put all that stuff together again. 🙂 If you’d like to give toward those purchases that would be very welcomed.
The second surprise was much more pleasant. In the second photo you can see lots of small spring flowers that sprung up all over the place. While working in the garden we have enjoyed seeing these first signs of life and color for this year. It reminds us that God is faithful to bring new life amid old, dead remains of the past. He again and again reminded Israel that, even though he had done great things in the past, they should look to see the new things that he was doing.
So, as we prepare for this year’s garden season we are praying for the many people that we will spend time with in the garden this year. Please join us in praying for the parents and children, university students and teens, artists and musicians, mothers and babies, new believers and almost believers, Atheists and Muslims, co-workers and those in need of rest, and everyone in between that we will host in the garden. We are praying that God will bring rest, recovery, redemption, and restoration as we seek to use the garden space to minister.
Please reply to this email with any comments, questions, and prayer requests. We thank you for your partnership with us in ministry and your thoughts and prayers for the people of Berlin.
Grace and Peace,
Will and Tanja
We are thankful for your interest in us and ministry in Berlin. it is our desire to help people become life-long, committed, mature followers of Jesus. the vast majority of people in Berlin are not experiencing this type of life. we minister to Berliners through personal relationships. we intentionally cultivate these relationships to have depth and trust that allows us to speak into people’s lives the hope of the gospel. it is not our goal to simply make converts to Christianity or spread empty, dead religion. rather we invite those around us into a deeper, living relationship with God through Jesus, into community with other followers of Jesus, and into the life of mission and purpose that God provides through his Spirit.
You can partner financially with our ministry in Berlin by:
Sending a check by mail
Make checks payable to “NMSI” and write “Will and Tanja White” in the memo line.
New Mission Systems International
2701 Cleveland Ave, Suite 200
Fort Myers, FL 33901
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