Hallo Leute. Wow, our first full year in Berlin and what a year 2019 has been! As Sarah articulates so well in the Vlog, we've had some amazing times we are grateful for but also some challenging times too. As we spent 2019 going through the book of Acts we've learnt that this seems to be a regular pattern for the apostles and the early church. Persecution, challenges, trials, and setbacks as a result of putting God first, followed by gospel advance, healings, churches being established and lives being transformed. We haven't as yet seen any salvation, but we are definitely seeing lives changed, some incredible moments of supernatural provision, and a fantastic team learning how to be Berliners. Our Church Camp was a really significant moment for us as the team of 20 people we've been praying for had gathered together for the first time. Chris Taylor from the New Ground team introduced us to his friends Angela and Greg Kemm originally from Jubilee Cape Town now serving Relational Mission based out of Cambridge. They all served us superbly preaching on resilient faith, being a witness, and a people of the Spirit. We enjoyed some incredible times of worship and prayer, plus much laughter, fun and games. Pete and Abi Cowley and their girls from Jubilee Community Church, East Grinstead also served us with friendship, worship and kids work. Wow! We were blessed. We're so grateful for an incredible team that God is building together. It's such a courageous thing to do, to up-root your life and be planted into a whole new city, church and nation. We are so proud of all the team, the faith and courage they are displaying on a daily basis is inspirational. We're growing as a church community, in length, depth and as followers of Jesus. What will 2020 hold? More challenges with opportunities to trust Jesus, plus much breakthrough and kingdom advance? Please continue to join us in prayer for Berlin and the church.

Wow, what a summer. We've enjoyed the warm weather in this holiday season and time together with family. We had a slightly slower pace of church life meeting over the summer mainly for picnics in the park. Some of the team attended Ashburnham the New Ground camp in the UK, and Pioneer a church planting conference in Malaga, Spain. Autumn has arrived and with it the shorter, wet and windy Berlin days. This autumn welcomes many exciting God adventures for us as a church. We have our first church camp, we're starting our charity (Verein), opening a bank account, and we're on the hunt for a meeting space. We continue to learn about life and mission in Berlin developing ideas for our church vision, name and communications. Whilst things start to become more and more visible, I'm keen we invest time and energy into the unseen groundworks. We've been producing Video Updates every month for the last three years! God spoke to me about doing this, as a way to share news for prayer, envision people, and to be an encouragement for church planting in general. Due to increased responsibility in starting a family and a church, we've decided to remove the pressure of having to produce a video every month. We'll continue to do these videos and prayer newsletters, however, it will be more like every second month. Thank you so much for your ongoing support. Please continue to watch, share, read and pray!

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