Several years ago I listened as visiting Germans spoke at an Association meeting of their desire to partner with Americans in reaching lost people in their culture through sports.
A few months later Darrel Auvenshine and I joined a team from First Baptist in Burleson for a leadership training event in Andernach, Germany. A deep bond was established between Mike Vlajnic and myself that has only grown richer with each passing year.
Over the years we have hosted multiple mission teams from CityChurch, Andernach. Each time the impact was beyond our expectations. In recent years it’s been a truly international work as we served together at Casa Hogar in Reynosa, Mexico.
A year ago we sent a team to CityChurch to help with the continued development of their worship ministry and to guide the early steps of an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) ministry. Again, the relationship deepened.
This week we will receive a group of young adult Germans into our lives and homes. For a week we will serve alongside one another in outreach efforts in and around Burleson. They will help us open doors for the gospel through sports and recreation ministry.
I am certain that this will be like each previous “Collaboration” effort. Our German guests will live and serve alongside us. Our community will be better for it. Our lives will forever be impacted by it. It always happens this way.
For whatever reason, God has knit a truly unique relationship between the people of Alsbury, Burleson, and CityChurch, Andernach.
Language barriers are overcome.
Age differences are erased.
Hearts and lives are forged into one.
Involve yourself with “The Collaboration.” Serve in one of the multiple opportunities for outreach into our community. Make sure your youth and children are involved. I promise you will be eternally thankful that you did.