By Gary Craft
In the 1980's there were over 300,000 military
personnel and their families in Germany. With
the presence of so many Americans, Germany
became known as Little America. Many GIs came
to Germany and met and married German women.
Some separated from the service and remained
there. Others took their wives back to the US to
other duty stations. As is always true of a cross-
cultural marriage, there are many challenges.
In a great many cases, the marriages did not last
and many of the children produced by these
relationships still remain in Germany.
As military missionaries minister to current
active duty personnel, civilians and German
nationals, they have found this to be another fertile
field in which to labor. This is especially true in the
growing Kaiserslautern Military Community that
is home to more than 50,000 Americans. Military
ministries are seeing real fruit among these left
behind young people.
Kevin's father was sent to Germany in 1976.
In 1978 he met and married Kevin's mother—a
German national. At the end of his father's tour
in 1979, the family returned to the States. Later, in
1988, with the encouragement of German family
members, they returned to Germany to live. In
1993 the marriage broke up and Kevin's father
returned to the States. Kevin was left behind with
his mother in Germany.
Through the prayers of his American
grandmother in Texas and the witness of her
pastor, Kevin made a commitment to Christ in
November 2008. One day, while driving in the
Kaiserslautern area, Kevin saw Heritage Baptist
Church in Mehlingen. In August 2009 Kevin
called and asked the military pastor if he needed a
military ID card to attend the church services. He
was assured everyone was welcome. Kevin and his
family visited the services and in a follow-up visit
to their home, his Russian-German wife accepted
Christ. His son was saved later through a children's
ministry at Heritage Baptist Church. They followed
the Lord in believer's baptism and have become
faithful, committed members of Heritage Baptist
Kevin and his family