Newsletter – June 2014

Berlin Bound! – deBruyn Ministry Update – June 2014

Summary points:

  • We’ll be in Berlin in less than a month.
  • Please pray with us for our remaining time together with friends and family.
  • Please pray that God would continue to provide the remaining resources we need for long-term service in Berlin.
  • Our send-off party will be on June 18, from 4-9pm at Wabun Picnic area (details below)
  • Hiawatha Church is commissioning us on Sunday, June 29 at 10 AM, join us!

In less than one month, our family will be in Berlin.  Each day, we reflect on much that God has done in our lives over these past few years to prepare our family for life in a new place, and we expect to experience the joy of following Jesus to life in a new place as we see His hand of preparation and providence on our family, even when much of what “life” might look like may be different than it is here.  As I write this, I think about experiencing Jesus’ presence in new relationships, new places, new struggles and trials, and I know we can trust Him to continue to provide, prevail, and grow us as we walk in the thing’s He’s prepared for us.
During our remaining days here in the US, we want to make the most of time with our family and friends, so we’re making an effort to spend meaningful time with as many of you as we can.  If you’d like to see us before we leave let us know by giving us a call or sending us an email.  We’ll be having a send-off party on June 18 at the Wabun Picnic Area near Minnehaha Falls, in South Minneapolis from 4-9 PM.  We hope to see you if you can make it. 

Our excitement continues to grow as we’re closer to our arrival in Berlin.  With each passing month, we experience more of the things we’ve prayed about become answered.  The team in Berlin continues to grow, and the gathering up of God’s people from all different places to bring us together in Berlin for God’s purposes and for His kingdom amazes us. 

This may seem silly to you, but in a personal way it was something that I had wondered about and at times even worried. I wondered if we’d lose and miss corporate worship when we move to this far-away place. Then, last month we were able to join some of our team virtually via an online meeting.  The meeting was running late, and so when we joined, our team in Berlin were worshipping together around this table in a big conference room.  It was totally unexpected, and nothing I’d even prayed about very recently, but at once I was overcome with emotion and the depth and care of God’s love for us and the needs of our hearts.  Worship at our home church is something we truly love, and it was so awesome to experience God’s providing to experience worship in our new home, the city He’s called us to. 
Hiawatha Church will be commissioning us during the church service on Sunday, June 29th, at 10 AM.  If you’d like to be there with us to help send us off, we’d welcome your participation in seeing us off that way also.
Please continue to pray with us as we finish out our remaining time here, pray for our time with family and friends. Pray as the kids finish school in the next couple weeks. Pray that God will continue to provide the remainder of our financial support for long-term work in the city, we’re not fully funded yet and are hoping the remainder of the resources we need will be committed before we leave. We still need about 15% of our long-term financial support.  Some of our friends say “If you’ve been waiting to partner with us, now’s the time! Don’t miss the boat, jump on!”  Thank God with us for all He has done, and all he continues to do.  Pray for Him to bring about a revival in Berlin and for Him to be glorified in all that we do.  Thank you for your partnership in His work and with us. 

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