In search of our Germans...
|The Willsonball Pit Josh built for his youth group in Berlin|
|Hannah S. getting hitched!|
Our German Volunteers have become a integral part of our staff team. In so many ways - I can't imagine what it would be like to not have Germans on our team. Back in 2012, when Christoph, Jessica, and Hannah first arrived - we didn't know what it was going to be like. Even though we had had international staff in years past - this was going to be consistent. We knew that it would change our staff team forever.
And it did.
|Josh in Berlin|
We have had 26 volunteers return home to Germany from Canada and Camp Evergreen since 2012. If you count the five that are here right now, that's 31...we have another coming in January and another one in March which will put us up to 33 - this does not count the group that will begin to be interviewed in March.
|Mirjana and Daniel|
On my trip - I got to see 18 of our 26 volunteers. I traveled to more than ten cities/towns in Germany, two countries (Germany and the Netherlands), and made more than 3282km to find them all. Whoa.
|L-R: Sebastian, Hanna G, Manuel, Marina, Felix, Franca, and Sebastian's sister|
|Marcel, Tobias, Sophie, Julian, and Franca|
|Anna, Michael (coming Jan. 2018), Felix, and Mirjana|
|Jewdy and Tamara|
|Ina and Wolfgang Pfau at WEC|
Most of our past volunteers are working (very) hard on their studies in Germany. Some of the volunteers are doing studies outside of Germany: Tamara is studying in the Netherlands, Christoph and Maren are in California at Bible College (Bethel). Felix, Hannah S., and Sebastian have finished their programs are working.
My goodness - how do you wrap a post like this up? I guess I'll just say what I told the staff at WEC when I was describing how many campers made significant decisions or experienced growth this summer. The world seems a little brighter and a little more hopeful when you think of all of these young people coming from Germany to Canada working together with us at Evergreen to see lives transformed by the power of Jesus.
And that folks, is pretty awesome.
.: jogee :.