Tuesday, August 13, 2013
We have had the joy for the past two years of going to a week long Biblical Ministries Worldwide conference in Germany. Last year was our first and we just kind of got our feet wet and got to know some people a little bit and were encouraged by the messages and discussion groups. This year being our second year we got to know some people a lot more, enjoyed and soaked up the fellowship and were filled up spiritually with the messages on grace. The most important thing for us is that after 12 years of being over here and feeling rather alone, we have met this whole new family of fellow missionaries on this side of the ocean! Our children had the time of their lives being with other kids who are just like them, living in a different culture and always saying good-bye to people. The people in the BMW group are/were genuinely concerned about reaching out to our children. The American team from Berean Baptist Church in Georgia spent the week pouring out their love on our kids. Our two teens met a group of teens who, just like them face living life saying good-bye all the time and living in a culture different from their own. They stayed up late, laughed with new friends, and learned about how awesome our God really is. My heart really is overwhelmed at this new found family we have over here and we are truly blessed and thankful to have spent this past week with a group of fellow Christ followers who are just living each day in God's grace, knowing we are unworthy but grateful that we are known by Christ and discussing God's works with them. God has given us such a great gift in knowing these people and using the Louks to lead us to them, for that we are truly grateful!