Five things I was taught by refugees

Five things I was taught by refugees

My husband and I have been working with a Contact Café by the nehemia team for 2,5 years now. We meet every Thursday at 4.30 pm to give Germans and refugees an opportunity to get to know each other, have tea, conversations, intercultural inputs or to go on a faith...
All Actual Life is Encounter

All Actual Life is Encounter

or: why interacting with others brings us joy A few months ago, over an invitation to lunch, a friend asked me: “Hans, what have you found truly fulfilling recently; what has made you happy?” After thinking it over for a moment, several things came to mind – all of...
Don’t Build a Wall Around your Heart

Don’t Build a Wall Around your Heart

Refugees in Germany – it’s a topic that seems to be everywhere these days, at least in the media. As I follow the current news coverage, my feelings run the range between helplessness, horror and hope. The plight of people in need unsettles me; it grips me and won’t...
Living Jesus-like in this world

Living Jesus-like in this world

That was the recurrent theme of the nehemiah international network leaders’ gathering. From November 10-18, leaders from the various nehemiah Teams came together at the Home of Blessing in Thailand. In addition to further development of the network with its wide array...
In the end, isn’t it about God being able to move me?

In the end, isn’t it about God being able to move me?

We often ask God that we might receive things: We pray for provision, healing, spiritual gifts, a free parking place, friends, fulfilment and so on. Or we seek to pray like spiritual warriors, to “move the hand of God” for revival, or that the Lord might do great...