Sep
25
2009
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MMT 12–Hannover, Germany

We weren’t sure what to expect in Hannover, since it was the MMT’s first time with this church. However, we ended up having a great time working with national believers there.

We arrived just in time to eat supper and get ready for a service. Afterward, we had a coffee and cake fellowship time. It seemed like the people there were especially friendly, and we had some good conversations (especially with the young people).

Our host told us an interesting story about how the Musical Mission Team gave him an opportunity to witness. He was telling one of his coworkers that an American choir was coming, and two of the choir members would be staying with him. His coworker said, “You must not do that! You do not know those people. You cannot keep strangers from another country in your home!” So our host was able to explain to his coworker that it was safe, even though he had never met us before. We are his brothers and sisters in Christ, so he was glad to welcome us into his home.

On our second day in Hannover, we had another evening concert at a nearby church. During the day, we went into town to see the sights. We visited the town hall, where our hosts had arranged for us to have an English tour, and also saw the cathedral. In the evening we gave our concert, and met even more friendly people during another dessert and fellowship time.

Our hosts in Hannover
Tim and I enjoyed the tour of city hall.
Inside city hall, we saw models historical Hannover.
We got to sing in the cathedral.

Sep
25
2009
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MMT 11–Zavelstein, Germany

I think all of the second-year team members were especially happy to arrive at the peaceful House Felsengrund. This Christian hotel is located in the little village of Zavelstein on the edge of the black forest. In Zavelstein, Tim and Kevin preached another Bible conference, and we provided special music. We also gave one full concert.

In our spare time, we enjoyed walks in the black forest, visited a wood carving shop/museum, and caught up on sleep. This visit to Zavelstein was memorable for me because we celebrated my birthday here in full MMT fashion. My celebration included the birthday song performed by the “9 Flamingos” (6 mission team guys wearing sunglasses), and an awesome story composed by Caleb and Mike. For the rest of the team, Zavelstein is memorable because of some very unusual fish.

The caption says that this is the smallest nativity in the world in a hazelnut.
Tim and I enjoyed a walk in the forest.

Sep
15
2009
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MMT 10–Sinsheim, Germany

In Sinsheim, we worked with missionary Fred Foster and his wife, Tabea. We had services in two nursing homes, and a concert in the stadthalle (like a city hall). Before the concert, we passed out tracts and invitations while our brass group played in the pedestrian zone downtown.

Before we left, some of the team members took the opportunity to visit the Sinsheim Technik Museum, which has lots of planes, cars, and other vehicles.

sinsheim technik museum (192)

Sep
13
2009
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MMT 9–Kaiserslautern, Germany

Please forgive me for taking so long to post the rest of the MMT updates. I do intend to finish them.

In Kaiserslautern, we worked with a national church. This church, like many that we visit, consists mainly of Germans whose ancestors relocated to Russia (or Romania or Kazakhstan) during the reign of Catherine the Great. The families got stuck in the Soviet Union when the Iron Curtain fell and then returned to Germany in the 1990’s. (In the future, if I talk about Russian Germans, this is what I mean. They might actually be Ukrainian Germans, but sometimes I have trouble with those details.) It’s always fascinating to stay with these people and hear their stories.

We arrived in Kaiserslautern just in time to eat supper and change for the service. It was raining, complicating things for the guys who were unloading the suitcases. It also meant that all of us had to open our suitcases inside. It’s always fun when 12 girls are trying to open their suitcases and change their clothes in one small room. I think we got spoiled doing so many conferences at the beginning of the summer.

After the service we talked to the people and met our hosts. Even though we had already eaten supper, our hosts fed us again. We didn’t need more food, but we enjoyed getting to know them over the tea and sandwiches.

The next day we visited a nearby castle called Trifels. Castle Trifels sits on top of a sandstone peak (one of three in the area), so we had a little hike up to it. I can’t imagine trying to storm a castle–running up the hill in armor while people shot arrows and poured boiling oil on you.

We had a great time in the castle, taking pictures, reading about the history, and singing. I think we sang three songs, including “God so Loved the World.”  Some of the people from the church came to the castle with us. One couple brought their little girl, and she loved playing with Mike’s cane. It was so much fun watching her giggle and grin when she grabbed it from him.

That evening we drove to Albisheim for a service. We sang in Albisheim last year, so we were thrilled to see people we remembered. We talked with many people during the tea time after the service. On the way back to Kaiserslautern, we saw a beautiful sunset and rejoiced in God’s creation.

Singing in Kaiserslautern (photo from Janie McCauley)
Part of our host family
A bunch of us on top of the castle tower
Not sure who liked this more, Mike or the girl.
I enjoyed seeing the castle with Tim
Singing in Albisheim (photo from Janie McCauley)
Beautiful sunset coming back from Albisheim

Sep
02
2009
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Google tells users to contact users

So, I got a funny bounce message from gmail today. I use gmail. I tried to send a message to another gmail user. And here’s the bounce notification:

“Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the *recipient domain* (i.e., Google). We recommend contacting the *other* email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the *other* server returned was: 550 550 5.2.1 The email account that you tried to reach is disabled” (emphasis & parentheses added).

You’d think that Google would know that it was the sender and receiver domain, wouldn’t you?

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