“It can’t hurt, I thought to myself – Bernhard, 58 years old, suffering from cancer, two years ago – when after the diagnosis, in my desperation, I gathered all my courage and simply asked God (with whom I really had nothing to do until then): ‘Why me? What did I do to make you punish me? At that moment God let my life pass me by like in a movie, which until then was anything but Christian. I had also done my father wrong. Suddenly I heard myself say: ‘Forgive me Papa! Immediately I fell asleep peacefully. A short time later I got to know the Jesus project, step by step I came closer to Jesus. I met Andreas Grund at lunch at ANDERS. He visited me at home and helped me to make a personal decision for Jesus. Since that day my fears of death have disappeared because I know that when the time is up here, I am in good hands with Him. It is a great joy for me to bring the words of God closer to others. For the future I wish for some miracles: liberation from smoking and healing of my lungs”.
A life without God is possible, but pointless.
“A testing room is a room in which a “different, new form of church” is tested.
- Think about how the church can function differently, because we feel in many places of the EKM that what has been tried and tested so far is reaching its limits. Instead of just hanging on to the past, we ask: What is the point now? What will help in the future?
- Testing models for situations that will increase. For example, church in areas (a) with few or no full-time church workers (country); or (b) with an extremely low church density (social housing projects)
- Experimenting together. New ideas are not conceived in theory at a desk, but are created on site together with the people concerned.
- Learning. Where you try things out, some things go wrong. Failures, mistakes and dead ends are helpful learning experiences – for us and for others. And, of course, that which succeeds.”