Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Hannah Creaser writes:
I’m really here. I’m a member of the Germany Mission Team 2009. Although the Mission Fest wasn’t what I expected, it still made me appreciate the simpler things in life- playing sports with a non-competitive spirit, singing silly songs, playing board games and personal hygiene. Coming into this trip, I was worried about my lack of Deutsch but Pastor quickly calmed my fears and told me the only word I would need to know was scheizer. But in Bleckmar, that word wasn’t useful. Most of the kids were fluent in German with little or no English. This past weekend I think I had more conversations where I just nodded and smiled then I have had in my whole life combined. It was slightly frustrating. I wanted to communicate through more than just a smile. But I realized something very important this weekend- everyone laughs in the same language. I knew when the girls were laughing and they knew when I was laughing. It was the only way we could talk and it was enough. Tossing berries into their mouths was one of the most eye opening experiences. I built relationships through one tiny fruit, the words “one, two, three,” my incredible throwing arm, and laughter. I didn’t think In two short days that I would be able to make friends who spoke a completely different language. But I did. And that is the magic of this trip.
Sarah Hoffmann (editor's note: the new bride-to-be!)
Friday, July 10, 2009
This is Sarah Hoffmann posting...and the amazing guy I'm talking about is Bryant Krieger...
After flying many many hours, and riding in busses and trains for many many more hours we finally arrived in BLECKMAR (which translated means white swamp), germany. Bleckmar is a town/village of about 800 people. The town originated around 860!!!
The night before this trip bry was saying how nervous and anxious he was about going. I didn't understand why he was freaking out so bad, all we were doing was traveling. Anyways then all day on the trains and busses, he was just kinda in a daze. I would ask him if he wanted to play cards and he would say "nah i just wanna sit here and day dream"-whatever that means......he said it was because he was tired, which was only obviously partly true!
We arrived to a church/mission headquarters in bleckmar late in the afternoon. Its a nice place, on quite a bit of land. After playing a little bit of basketball with the pastor's sons, it was time for dinner. After dinner half of the american group went on a walk through the small town. Bry, Chris Gilmore and i stayed back and played some futbol with the boys. Shortly after bry asked me if i wanted to go on a walk to. I said yes, he went up to get his "camera and stuff" while meanwhile i invited chris to join us.
We walked around, and eventually caught up to the rest of our group. When we started walking, something in bry's pocket was making a lot of noise. I asked him what it was and he told me is a funny surprise for me, and he'll show me later. So we walked for a bit longer, and it started to pour! the group ran back to the church, and bry asked me if i wanted to go around back to see his surprise.
We found a Gazebo thing, which we found out later the church uses it for the alter when they conduct services out side, to keep us dry. Bry then pulled out this container with two washers in it. (i had a dream like a month ago about bry proposing with two washers, and i was all disappointed cause everyone i showed the washers to didn't get that they were an engagement ring...weird and random i know)- anyways so this has been an ongoing joke. So i thought he was just being dumb with asking me with the washers.
Then after the washer deal, he said something like "but no in all seriousness,"......got down on one knee, pulled out a ring said some cute things, and asked me to marry him. I was sooooooooooo surprised! i start crying, said yes and cried some more.
We stood under the gazebo until the rain stopped. Shortly after the rain stopped there was a HUGE rainbow that stretched across the sky. kinda a cool symbolic thing.....
So ya. thats pretty much that is it. i will put up some pics for you all to see. Becca kinda knew it was happening so she got like 2 shots from pretty far away, and then took some later.
Robin (in the States)
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Nate McAvoy - Groundwork Ministries, Queen Creek, AZ
Pastor Bob Flohrs - St. Luke Lutheran Church, Mesa AZ
Lisa Gustafson Hinneberg - Appleton, MN
Bryant Krieger - Phoenix, AZ (Christ Church Phoenix)
Sarah Hoffmann - Mesa, AZ; Concordia University-Seward, NE
Hannah Creaser - Mesa, AZ;
Britney Nelson - Mesa, AZ; University of Arizona
Becca Hoffmann - Mesa, AZ;
Nathan Kohn - Mesa, AZ;
Chris Gilmore - Mesa, AZ; Mountain View High School