Germany 1 (Ashley)

After several days in Ebnat-Kappel, we went to the nearby town of Buttikon. Most of the team stayed at the church, but Tim and I stayed with the Quiring family. We had services on Tuesday and Wednesday night. On Wednesday, the pastor took us to see a Protestant church and a lake in the mountains. We had about an hour at the lake, and some of us tried to hike up into the mountains to see a waterfall (we didn’t make it). Some of the others who stayed by the lake saw a small avalanche on one of the surrounding mountains.

On Thursday we left Buttikon and headed for Germany. On the way, we stopped to see the Rhein Falls, the biggest falls in Europe. They were not very tall, but an incredible amount of water was flowing over them. We left the mountains and drove through the fields toward Rothenburg.

At Rothenburg we met back up with our translator, Danny Reuter. We gave an afternoon concert in the local Franciscan church. This concert was different from the other performances we had done so far. So far, we were doing services in church that have similar beliefs to ours. In this case, it was not a service, but just a concert open to the public. There were some Germans in the audience, but also Japanese and Americans. People could walk in and out as they pleased, and they did! At the end, Dr. Kielmeyer gave a short gospel message, and afterward we talked to as many people as we could. We also had people posted at the doors to pass out tracts. This was a great opportunity!

Thursday evening and Friday morning we had some time to do some shopping in Rothenburg and to enjoy the scenery. We stayed at a hostel that was several hundred years old, and the church was also quite old. Rothenburg is a walled city, and after supper Danny took us to the city gardens, where we could look over the walls to see the buildings on the other side of the city.

Friday afternoon we drove to Zabelstein, where we had another little seminar and concert. We had four services (Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning). For those services we sang just a few songs and Tim or Dr. Kielmeyer preached. Saturday night we gave a concert in the town church (many songs, very short sermon). The tower of that church was built in the 13th century!

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