Jul
31
2009
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MMT 8–Nürnberg

At Nürnberg, we had the opportunity to sing at a tent meeting. The trip from Zurich took a little bit longer than we expected, so we had to inhale our supper, change our clothes in record time, and rush out to the tent. The meeting had actually started before we arrived, but the people were singing hymns and waiting for us. We were thankful that the people were so patient, but a little bit flustered about having to rush in and sing right away.

The next day we were supposed to sing in the pedestrian area and pass out invitations, but it was raining, so we went to the documentation center instead. The documentation center is a museum about the rise of the Nazis and WWII. I was particularly interested in the part that described the rise of the Nazi party and the propaganda efforts. It really helped me to understand what people were thinking and feeling at that time. It’s also interesting to see how Hitler used everything from architecture to festivals to make people feel that they were part of something special.

In Nürnberg, we stayed with a sweet family of German speakers. Usually, our hosts know English, so we can be lazy. But this time, we got to stretch ourselves and attempt to communicate in German. It was a great experience, and Tim made great use of his dictionary application on his phone.


Jul
07
2009
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MMT 7–Midnight Call and Zurich

Midnight Call is an organization located near Zurich with a church, nursing home, printing division, and radio ministry. We spent the night in their hostel (which used to be a barn), and toured their facilities. The purpose was for the Musical Mission Team and Midnight Call leadership to meet each other, so we also sang a mini-concert for the coworkers.

Since we were in Zurich, we took a few hours to look around. Our first stop was the Grossmünster, where Zwingli started the Reformation in Switzerland. Several of us paid 2 francs to climb up the stairs in the tower. From there, we could see Zurich’s many famous clock towers.

We had been several days without internet access, so we were all eager to check our e-mail! The i-pod/i-phone users explored the city, bearing their devices like divining rods. Once they successfully found an unsecured signal, we halted until they could download their e-mails. Fortunately, there was an H&M nearby.

Caleb, Tim, and Amy finding free wireless in Zurich
Midnight Call put up this message on the roof
The brave tower-climbing group
Me, and part of Zurich

Jul
03
2009
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MMT–mini report from Prague

I finally have internet tonight,  but it’s midnight, and I just traipsed all over Prague. So, I think that I need to go to bed instead of writing a post about our journey. Tomorrow we have our first opportunity to sing in Slovak. Guess what we’ll be saying in the vans on the way out of Prague? “I za mna Ježiš prelial krv . . .”

Today, I realized that I don’t know Czech. We’re not talking the “I don’t know the language except for how to say hello, my age, order a meal,  find the bathroom, and generally carry on conversations as if I were a 2-year-old.” No, that’s how I don’t know German.

Seriously, I don’t know any Czech words. Well, except for one.

zmrzlina

It means icecream.



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