A letter from Jay and Nancy Adams in Germany
March 8, 2012
Presbyterian congregations, particularly Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield, Minn., are making an impact in the world by making it possible for orphans in Romania to live in a Habitat for Humanity home—but there is much more to this story. The Habitat home is being built because Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) missionaries Jay and Nancy Adams are ministering at Black Forest Academy (BFA) in Germany.
Ten students from BFA have responded to the vision the Lord gave Jay this year to develop a bilingual international team of BFA students combined with students from the local German high school. During Easter spring break 2012 a team of 21 students and staff, representing 7 different nationalities, will travel to Oradia, Romania, to build an entire house in just five workdays for a homeless family (March 31 to April 7).
We have been developing relationships and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with local German high school students since we were commissioned to serve in Germany 20 years ago in the summer of 1991.
This is the first mutual international project between the two local schools, although there have been multiple interactions in sports, drama and music. One of the goals in the process of team development before we travel to Romania is helping each student see the importance of sharing the love of Jesus in practical ways with one another. The team members from the schools had never met each other before December 2011.
Our first challenge as Christians is to travel across the street right in our own neighborhood to show others the love of Christ. We’ve been praying for a breakthrough opportunity to have the students get to know each other and now we can team together around a common goal to help homeless families in Romania. We also want to develop relational opportunities using the bilingual language skills these students have in common. When we first proposed the idea to the principal of the German high school she was very supportive and invited the BFA students to speak directly to a large number of the German students.
The burgomaster (mayor) of our village of Kandern, Germany, was so excited to hear about this partnership that he immediately pledged enough funds to sponsor one of the students ($1,400). He further encouraged that the project seek funding from local businesses throughout Kandern.
The PC(USA) is making an impact in the personal lives of people around the world seeking to draw them to Christ through friendship and love through peacemaking and caring for homeless children.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support.
Jay and Nancy Adams
The 2012 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 275
Read more and see pictures of the BFA and August Macke Schule team working together at http://homesforthehomelessinromania.blogspot.com/2012/02/team-working-together.html