In the words of the great American singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, “Times they are a-changin’…” While Mr. Dylan was undoubtedly writing these words as an anthem to the ever-progressing civil rights movement sweeping America in the early-to-mid 1960s, these words also describe the slowly changing spiritual ‘climate’ of one of the most important and influential cities in Europe.
EI recently took a team of Americans and Germans to the Wave Gothic Festival in Leipzig, Germany, for the fourth consecutive year. As we partnered with Clear Path Church in Dallas, Texas and ToTheStreets, a Berlin-based ministry, our plan was simply to reach this dark and needy subculture with the love of Jesus Christ.
The American walked into the university’s cafeteria and requested a fork from one of the German students. He then swung his lanky 6’3” frame to stand on top of one of the dining tables. Looming larger than life he held the fork while stretching out his right arm. All eyes of the university students were fixed on the quirky American, wondering where this was headed.
A few weeks ago a team from Dallas Christian College travelled to Berlin to minister to the spiritual needy and confused in Germany. European Initiative has been fortunate to work with teams from DCC for the last three years. While most university students travel to some beach location desiring a spring break from rigorous mid-term exams, these students and staff travelled to Berlin with the sole focus to reach the lost in Europe!
The past three weeks have been a fast and furious sprint for all of us here at European Initiative. I just arrived back to Berlin, Germany from a 14-day ministry trip that found me in the 80-degree sunshine weather of Texas, and then transitioning to the 50-degree rain and drizzle of London. In some ways the differences in weather are symbolic of the spiritual climates between America and Europe.