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not to leave the church property for 18 months until the case goes before a German court
to decide if they can stay in the country. Our people regularly give German lessons, have
activities, and fellowship with them. It has been amazing to see God’s hand provide for
the spiritual, emotional, and financial needs of this family through our church people,
from outside sources, and from friends.
This experience of helping refugees who cannot do anything in return has been a blessing
for our congregation and for me as well. Germans have been accused
of being xenophobic (having a fear of outsiders) and perhaps
there is a bit of truth in that. Our people, though, have
rallied behind our refugees and received them and
shown them the love of Jesus. It is true that love
has hands and feet!
There have been challenges over the years
since our arrival in 1991 in just working in
the German culture with its differences and
now in recent years with the 12 different
cultures with inherent language barriers,
tastes, preferences, and predispositions.
It is a reflection of God’s extreme love for
variety and for the nations. Our people—
including the refugees—look forward to
the day when all nations will be represented
before the throne of the Lamb and praise
Him forever. We are getting a little foretaste
now in our little corner of the world! W
Editor’s note: In a recent prayer letter the
Dubbes state that Church asylum has ended:
The Iranian family that lived on the church
property for almost a year and a half are now
in a refugee home awaiting the legal process for
residency in Germany. A German judge ruled
in their favor that they would not be deported
before a court hearing.