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

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