Thursday, March 3, 2011

We have arrived!

Julie and I are so excited that to share that we are here in Germany and that the Lord is already working things out.  We arrived in country at 0810 yesterday morning, Wednesday the 2nd.  The flights were uneventful however, we were surrounded by crying babies which it would have been nice to have had Nanny Melanie there with us!  Oh well, the flight went good...thanks for the prayers.

We hit the ground running and we have been enjoying our time.  We were met at the airport in Frankfurt by two fellow CSM staff, Beth and Janessa who live and serve in Kaiserslautern.  We were taken from there to the hospitality house with Lou and Cathy where we are calling home until Friday.  What a warm welcome and great place to stay!  We also met Nate and his family at the house and visited for a while!  Then, to stay awake and beat some of the jet lag, Janessa took us to Ktown for the day to stay awake and see a few of the sights!  What a blast we had.  Then Rich stopped by for a good visit and spent time together talking!  He and Melissa serve in Baumholder and we have the privilege of going and serving them there during our time in country.

Then after a great dinner by Cathy, we loaded up into two vans and went for some dessert...italian ice! What a great time as we celebrated two birthdays of Nate and Louise daughters.  We had a blast and I spent time holding their little boy!  What a cutie!  Then, off to bed and oh did we sleep! It was great!

We started today with our own time in Word and coffee and what a way to begin.  Then a meeting with Nate and Heather, another new CSM team member.  Then, off to lunch with Brad and Debbie Elgen who run the house ministry in Baumholder.  The wiener schintzel was great and the atmosphere was just what Julie likes!!  We really enjoyed our time and our food with them.  Then back to the house for another orientation time with Nate which was good and tonight, dinner with more staff from the local CSM and game night!

Tomorrow, Friday, we are off to Stuttgart and a weekend at SEMP which is our student youth leadership retreat! Pray for safety as we travel, a time of connection as well as a time where God will meet the students and staff in a strong and deep way!

We have arrived and are already rolling.  Thanks for covering us in prayer and with your love.


  1. So good to hear you are off and running. Praise our Lord for your good trip, and safe arrival.
    Myrna Powell

  2. What a great opportunity for you both!! Looking forward to see what God can do thru you and Julie with your time abroad!! Love you both, Kari Rasmussen