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Volume 19, Issue 1
GERMANY Country of Castles & the Location of Our
2019 European Military Field Conference
By Joyce Alverson
Recently, our European Military
Field Conference was held in
Mehlingen, Germany, at Heritage
Baptist Church. Germany is a
country that is close to my husband’s
heart because he served as a
missionary pastor at two military
ministries for nine years, Cornerstone Baptist Church in Aschaffenburg and Grace Baptist Church in Hahn.
Chris and Junior Parker, military missionaries at Heritage, were our gracious hosts for the
event. They have been military missionaries for 38 years. Their church ladies prepared several
delicious meals for us. Thirty missionaries and family members from various countries in
Europe who minister to our military were present for our conference. Throughout the week,
each missionary church planter preached the Word and blessed our hearts.
When I first flew to Germany in 2007 to visit our military churches, I was intrigued with the unique castles of
the country. According to Google, there are 20,000 castles all over the country. Castles were a symbol of power
and were built on top of mountains at strategic points to protect trading routes. The castles were built as beautiful
palaces for royal residences. The word castle is mentioned many times in the Scriptures; it is mentioned that King
David lived in a castle in 2 Chronicles 11:7, And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of David.
Rev. Bryan Baggett, Director/Editor
Rev. Steve Nutt, Assistant Editor
Dr. Jeff Alverson,
Int’l Representative of Military Missions
Dr. James Kennard,
ARM – Military Ministries
The most famous and most popular of all German castles is
Neuschwanstein Castle (the Walt Disney Castle in the States was designed
after this castle). On several occasions, I have had the opportunity to visit
this amazing castle. King Ludwig II of Bavaria organized the building of
Neuschwanstein Castle in 1868 and the construction of the castle began
in 1869. However, it was not completed until 13 years later in 1882. The
sad fact is that King Ludwig died before he saw it completed and never
had the opportunity to live in it. This story makes me think of the castles
(mansions and palaces) our Heavenly Father is building in heaven for those who have accepted Him as Savior.
However, the difference is that we as children of God will live in the mansions that he has prepared for us. “In my
Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I
go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”
(John 14:2–3). Is it not wonderful that we have the promise of God that we have a place waiting for us in heaven
that is built without hands? We have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens (2
Corinthians 5:1b). Praise the Lord for His wonderful promises!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR FIELD CONFERENCE
First, my husband, Dr. Jeff Alverson, introduced our Assistant Military Director, Bryan Baggett, and his lovely
wife, Kris. Bryan and Kris Baggett previously were BIMI missionaries in Venezuela. They came on as military
missionaries in November 2018 and Bryan was appointed Assistant Military Director in December 2018. Our
missionaries welcomed them with open arms. They already have been a real blessing to our military missionaries.
Their daughter, Katie, was a special blessing to the parents and children during the conference. She worked with
the children during the services. Thanks, Katie, for your hard work!