Munich Adventure

Nathan, Rada, Anya & Aleksa's move to Munich…

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Munich in October – Guest Post

Guest Post – Vicky Mennear: In October 2005 we visited a church in Solihull that were advertising for a new youth worker.  On the interview panel were Steve & Vicky Mennear. 13 years later and they are unique amongst our dearest friends, and we were very happy to welcome them to visit us early this month and Vicky has kindly given us some reflections to post….

Octoberfest – timing could not have been better!  We were visiting Rada, Nathan, Anya and Aleksa while Müncheners and tourists were enjoying the annual festival – Beer tents, dirndl and lederhosen, brass bands, family fun and of course beer!

Putting down roots and establishing a corner of the Kingdom of God in another nation other than your birth country is a challenging enterprise. This is what our very dear friends are about. I am enormously proud of them. Proud of their courage because I know I wouldn’t do it and of their dependence on their Father in Heaven.

Two years after moving to Germany, routines of normal family life are growing and stories of God’s provision are abundant. The apartment, schooling, paid employment, developing friendships.  Of course Steve and I saw the challenges they face. Living out a gospel of grace and planting a church in the national language, this is, as noted in, ‘Global Humility’ by Andy McCullough:

An expression of humility, of incarnation, of service, of honouring our hosts. 

Munich is a beautiful and captivating city, full of wide vistas and grand public buildings lying on the edge of an ancient forest. It has a dark past. 

Steve and I enjoyed getting to know it, finding our way around, trying to understand what makes this place tick. Müncheners love their children. Much of the suburban space is child friendly and there are places to play scattered between apartment blocks. Cycling for adults and children is the most popular way of getting around.  Worshipping in German, visiting a German Church quickly made me aware of the difficulties of crossing cultures. Then thinking how we overcome this in our home setting?

God is at work here. God comes where he is wanted (Philip Yancey).  A seed is planted in the ground and what appears in due time does not resemble the seed but is something completely different. Something completely different will grow here in due time and it will produce many seeds. 

If I had my way Nathan and Rada would be living next door to me and my family but God has a bigger purpose. As much as we miss them, I think I might be the one who has to adjust my thinking and get on board with a bigger purpose!

Vicky Mennear, 17.10.18

When being in Narnia feels mundane…

A blog post from Nathan

It seemed to Lucy only the next minute (though really it was hours and hours later) when she woke up feeling a little cold and dreadfully stiff and thinking how she would like a hot bath.

I came across this whilst reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Aleksa the other night.  Narnia fans may be able to work out where Lucy is….

She is in the beavers’ hideaway hole and it is just before the children meet Father Christmas and receive the gifts which were to go down in Narnian folklore.

It is fascinating that Lucy’s mind was on such physical and mundane matters just before such a mysterious encounter that was to pave the way for the salvation of Narnia and was to go down in the nation’s history.

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We have been in Munich just over 3 weeks now and so much of our time and thoughts seem to be taken up with the mundane.  Although, unlike Lucy, we are fortunate enough to have access to hot running water we do often wake up with our thoughts are crowded by matters of physical comfort, food, budgeting, bank accounts, health insurance, registrations, schooling, haircuts, language learning, recycling, broken appliances, jobs and, probably most pertinent for us at the moment, apartment searching.

It is so easy to get caught up in all of this.  However, we have a God who intervenes and encounters us right in the middle of the difficulties of everyday life.  Lucy, Peter and Susan did not ask for the gifts that Father Christmas gave them.  They were gracious provision.

Father God knows what we need and provides it at the right time.

Yesterday we took some time out and had the privilege of a family day out in Salzburg.  This week we will visit Oktoberfest and enjoy a friend’s gig one evening.  The sun is still warm in Munich and the afternoon’s still feel like summer.  We have received such a warm welcome from the Christian communities that we have encountered so far.  There is much to be thankful for.

And yet we feel the pressure of these mundane but important needs.  Please pray for us to know God in the midst of the ‘everyday’.  And please pray specifically for a wonderful apartment that we can make home that will enable us to love living in Munich and be able to serve God here.

Journey home from Salzburg

Journey home from Salzburg

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