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Doug & Kathy McClain
Association of Baptists for World Evangelism
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"Fulfilling the Great Commission by multiplying leaders, churches and mission movements among every people."
<<Salutation>>      July 2016
Photos of our after school children's outreach program called KizzTreff Schillerring

KizzTreff - A Successful Start!

Our weekly after school outreach program for elementary-aged students got off to a great start. We officially began on Monday, April 11 and finished for the 6-week summer vacation on Monday, July 11 with a fieldtrip to a local chocolate factory - yum! Our attendance averaged at around 12 students each session, but we effectively touched the lives of about 15 different children. We used the last Monday of each month to include the parents or other family members in our activities, in an effort to help the entire family to feel comfortable in our church fellowship. Several parents joined us for these opportunities, and those who came were very positive about our program and what their children were learning! Please pray that our program will continue to move forward and can pick-up where we left off when school begins again on Monday, August 29 after the summer break. ** MONDAY MORNINGS = PRAY FOR KIZZTREFF!


Work continues on the building project in Kusel
WORK TEAM HERE IN JUNE 
We are thankful for the work accomplished on the Kusel building project in June by the First Church of New Knoxville, Ohio work team and two gentlemen from Michigan. These folks pitched in to help put up a drop ceiling in a section of the building that will be the new worship center for the Kusel church. It was such a blessing for us to have some of our support team here in person to share in the work, to offer us encouragement, and to have a little time to see the beautiful section of Germany where we minister. There is still much work to be done for other sections of the ground floor as well as the other levels of the building. If you would like to see some photos of the building project, you may go to:  www.missionsdienst-Kusel.de/bauprojekt/
If you would like to get an understanding of the far-reaching vision for this building project as well as information about our German mission field in general, you may go to:
 https://issuu.com/messagemagazine/docs/messagemagazine_spring_13  Please see pages 2, 12-19, 30-31, 34. These articles do a great job of explaining what our project is about and the vision for its use. If your church would like to come help, please contact us! We would love to hear from you!

We are thankful that summer has finally arrived in Germany. Spring was so wet and typically overcast, and there were only 9 days without rain in June. The longest length of sunshine for the whole month of June was 15.5 hours, and we received 149.2 liters/square meter of rain (or about 5.9 inches, if I calculated that right). Although the weather hasn't always been cooperative, we have still managed to get out in our neighborhood to get better acquainted with our neighbors. The first neighbor we met here while moving in early November was Siggi, who lives with his mother, Elfriede, in the home that abuts our backyard. He happened by at just the right moment (thanks, Lord!) to help Doug carry our heavy & cumbersome washing machine upstairs. Since then he has been stopping by every few days, enjoying a cold glass of cola and a snack, and sharing how his day has gone. In early June in Hannover, Siggi competed in Germany's Special Olympics where he received a silver medal in open water swimming. He was interviewed afterwards on German TV, and he was so happy to see that we had videotaped it. We were especially pleased when he invited us to his mother's 81st birthday party on June 30th, because there we were introduced to a few more of our neighbors.
In May, Kathy had the opportunity to teach some basic German to two refugee families from Iran before the German government relocated the families elsewhere. While they were in Kusel, several members of these two families were baptized! Ali & Amir both worked with the other men of the church at the building site. One single Iranian man, Kia, is still attending the Kusel fellowship.
We are sure that many of you are concerned for our safety here in the wake of recent terrorist activities in Germany and in other parts of Europe. We continue to feel safe where we are, but appreciate your prayers. We firmly believe that God has called us to Germany for His purpose. We ask that in addition to praying for our safety, that you pray for hearts here in Germany and western Europe to be more open to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, and that Christians all over the world will proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ with boldness and in love.
Our church family at Freie Christliche Gemeinde Pirmasens has been such a blessing to us! This collage of photos is a brief representation of some of what goes on regularly there - Worship services on Sunday mornings or evenings, Bible study on Wednesday evenings, fellowships after services, and our recent grill fest. In the bottom row is Volker, the gentleman for whose health you were praying. He is now doing fine! 
Our neighbor, Siggi, with his medal
PRAYER REQUESTS: 
  • Funding for the building project in Kusel & for more churches to send work teams to help.
  • For Ali's family & Amir's family - finding good church homes in their new communities.
  • Doug's continued progress in language school.
  • Kathy gaining confidence in understanding the difficult Pfälzisch dialect spoken here.
  • Continued good response to our Monday after school children's outreach program - KizzTreff.
  • For new monthly financial partners of our ministry. A few partners have experienced changes in their lives and are thus unable to continue their monthly financial commitments. Contact us if you feel God leading you to help in this need.  
  • Meeting more of our neighbors & building relationships now that warmer weather has arrived and more people are outside.
 PRAISES:
  • A safe and profitable time here in June with the Missions Team from New Knoxville.
  • Visas √. Drivers' licenses √.  :-) 
  • The new after school outreach program on Mondays has brought several children to hear Biblical stories and is enabling us to make connections with their families.
  • Our daughter Rachel was here in June, & Doug's sister Karen was here in July to visit! :-)  Ahhh! It was so sweet to see family again!
  • We are getting more involved in a few of our neighbors lives.
  • Doug has advanced to the next level in his language learning.
Serving with ABWE in Germany.   www.abwe.org 
Visit our website: 
www.mcclain.abwe.org 
E-mail us:
mcclain@abwe.cc                
Present Address:                     
Großheimer Straße 3      
66954 Pirmasens
GERMANY
Support us:
www.abwe.org/give/online
Account #0135731
Sending Church:
Harvest Baptist Church
1301 Navajo Trail
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
Thank you for being faithful partners for the cause of Christ in Germany! You are such a vital part of our ministry team! We look forward to hearing from you, and enjoy praying for you, so please update us on your prayer needs at mcclain@abwe.cc  We wish you all a relaxing summer and many blessings from serving our Lord & Savior!

Partners in reaching Germany for Christ,
Doug & Kathy
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