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Praise God, we've experienced the birth of two beautiful Berliner babies as a church plant over this last month. The safe arrival of Johanna Joy Benton and Janonsch Paul Cowell has brought much excitement (and tiredness) to the team. Both names mean "Yahweh is Gracious". In the sovereignty of God, both the Benton's and Cowell's had picked these names without each other knowing. I'm personally taking this as a huge prophetic encouragement. God wants to birth many spiritual and physical new Berlin lives. Children of God who carry the grace of God. The birth of these babies has brought a fresh revelation of the grace of God and a strong reminder of the message He wants us to share. "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:6–8. He didn't wait for us to get cleaned up first. He died for us whilst we were still sinners, forgiving us of our transgressions. A Righteous sinless saviour stepped into the mess, not to condemn us but to graciously save us. We continue to prepare and learn about how to contextualise the gospel in our beautiful city, Berlin. As well as hosting local pastors in our mid-week gatherings we've enjoyed some great video calls with NF pastor friends from across the world. The process of choosing a church name continues as we've been carrying out some questionnaires and interviews with local Berliners. This has helped give us a better understanding of life here in Berlin. It confirmed how secular and atheistic Berlin is, presenting us with a great opportunity for the gospel. We also discovered a sad and visible statistic that 52% of Berliners live in single residence premises. God is calling us as a family to share his welcome to many Berliners.

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Bringing you this months update early due to an exciting few weeks ahead! We've been enjoying a term of equipping with guests visiting our mid-week group times. As well as friends from the UK, we've hosted some local pastors and church planters. We've loved hearing stories and teaching on mission, contextualisation, and sharing the gospel with Berliners. Sarah and I enjoyed getting some time with our good friends Simon & Gwen Elliott, who are off on their own adventure to London soon joining the Everyday church team. Simon shared an excellent encouragement with the team on the importance of solid foundations in Christ. The following day, it just so happened that they started pouring concrete into the foundations of the building site opposite the Cowell's! From the very beginning of this adventure, we've made a point of praying specific prayers attempting to make prayer a foundation of this church plant. We have often prayed through Matthew 7:7-10 listing detailed prayers before our good God. This has often led to lessons of perseverance and trust as we've been seeking, knocking and asking God for breakthrough. One of the things on the list for a while has been for another family from within Newfrontiers (carrying our DNA) to join the church plant. We have recently received news that an outstanding family have followed the call of God and will be joining us here to help plant a church that glorifies God across Berlin. We can't wait to introduce you to them in the coming months.