We closed off October with the Reformation Festival. God gave us the right people at the right time to
make it all come together. Even some of Chelli’s students came to help! Over the course of the day,
we were able to talk to several hundred people and send the Gospel home with countless more.
November was filled with our Christmas outreach and once again, the Lord granted us precisely what
we needed to ensure its success. Chelli took the lead in orchestrating a Christmas play with the 8th
graders. I am truly blessed with a multifaceted and determined helpmate. Our house was a bustle the
entire month with repairs and preparations for the Christmas season.
December began with a visit from a missionary family from Italy, creating an amazing time of
fellowship. Later in the month, I had the blessing of conducting the final Chapel Service before
Christmas break. At 7:20 AM, the entire student body and teachers gathered around a fire barrel as I
touched on the recurring themes of previous weeks: Hope, Peace, Joy, with a particular focus on
love. Exploring the concept that God provided hope for salvation after the fall, sent His Son for peace
through sacrifice, and the resulting joy of salvation inspires us to share the Gospel with others. Max
Lucado’s story of Punchinello served as a perfect illustration of these themes. God abundantly
blessed our time, leading to expressions of gratitude from several teachers who described it as a
"mini Christmas Sermon," noting that the students had never been so attentive as they were during
that last Chapel service. On the 24th, we enjoyed a wonderful Christmas breakfast with our church
family followed by a beautiful morning service and even more fellowship.
We were blessed beyond measure to have all our kids home for Christmas for the first time since
2017. Serenity was here for a short visit and has returned to college in the states. Samantha
graduated with a BA in Art from the College of the Ozarks and is now here in Germany for an
internship year. Sadie will be taking online classes this semester while staying with us here in
Germany. She is scheduled for another knee operation at the end of the month.
Please pray for Skyler as he undergoes yet another procedure to treat his Crohn’s.
We are continuing to raise funds to cover my laptop and a reliable vehicle. Bob (our car) is still in the
shop, and we are still hoping he can be repaired and pass inspection. Thankfully, several churches
have stepped up to help us, bringing the total to $4000. We have driven natural gas cars for the past
20 years, but those are getting more difficult to find. Whatever our future car is, it is imperative that it
is fuel efficient and that we can pay cash. With the weakened dollar and 20% inflation on groceries
here, financial planning is presenting new challenges. The experts are telling us that the overall
inflation is at 10%, but some items for example, coffee creamer, have more than doubled in price.
Needless to say, we have decided to do without. Afterall, cutting corners can result in snowflakes.
We have several prayer requests:
❖Church Growth ❖Finances for a car $10,000 ❖New support for the rise in living costs
❖Health ❖Wisdom ❖Spiritual Fruit
Special thanks for the support and the special offerings during these uncertain times.
The Sudbrock Family,

Soul winning is more than a method. It's the calling for all Christians to share what was shared with them. It is so exciting to see someone receive Christ. It is also heart wrenching when you share your faith with one who's on the edge of eternity and they deny Christ. Such was the case recently.  Rather than quenching our zeal, this should push us to witness more.  We never know when it is the last chance for our “neighbor”.

A few days later, Chelli and I were at the store humming a song that we had sung in church the previous Sunday. As we came to the register, we stopped humming, but to our surprise the cashier quickly responded with, “Please don't stop. Your song is very comforting.” As each of us live our faith in Word and in deed, it will not go unnoticed.

The last months have been filled with change and challenge starting with a new address. We now live about 5 kilometers down the road from our old apartment.  Two of our girls were here for the summer and helped with the move.  Not only were they a blessing to have on our moving team, but it was such a blessing to have them step back into our music ministry as well.

The day I gave our keys back to our old landlord was the day that I had the worst of my 3, what I later found out to be, gallbladder attacks. Chelli had to take me to the emergency room in the middle of the night. A few hours later they operated. That pushed my cataract surgery off for another month.  It also hampered our move in.

 My first cataract surgery was on Tuesday of last week. In the recovery room, the attending doctor noticed our Church Logo on my shirt and mentioned he received Christ in the states while studying.  Praising the Lord that someone witnessed to him so many years ago so that God could have in place to do that surgery just when I needed it.

It looks like I will be seeing 20/20 with the new lenses.  God willing, I will only need glasses for reading.  When it is all finished, I will have had five surgeries in the space of a year.  I could do without another surgery for a while.

Our church renovation, after the water pipe breakage in December, is finally finished. It is exciting to get our building back to full functionality. We are preaching through ISamuel and are blessed to see how, even in the darkest of times, God has a plan to give light.

We have several prayer requests:                                

 Finances for a car $10,000,  New support for the rise in living costs,  Health,  Wisdom,   Spiritual Fruit, Church Growth

Special thanks for the support and the special offerings during these uncertain times.

The Sudbrock Family,

2 Thes. 3:13 … be not weary in well doing. Tempering expectation is a necessity in Christian service. When we arrived in Wittenberg, so many years ago, we were told repeatedly that it was a hard place. Their assessment held true. That said, it is not impossible, just hard. Soul winning is our constant thrust. There are times when your witness feels ineffective. One such time was in mid-February. I was out and about. The evangelistic drought had started to get to me, and I began complaining to God about it. Why are people not getting saved? I am faithfully witnessing. When I arrived home, I met one of our neighbors. I had witnessed to him before, in passing. But that day, God just opened the doors. As I finished witnessing, I asked if I could pray with him. In such cases, I always lead in the sinner’s prayer. As I was praying, he began repeating after me. At first, I was surprised, then more and more excited. After closing, I stated, “if you meant that prayer in your heart, I will call you brother”. He answered, “Well then, brother”. Please pray for Bro. K’s spiritual growth. Afterwards, I had to knock on our apartment door as I had left the keys for Chelli to use. She opened the door to a very giddy, teary-eyed husband. Nothing compares to soul winning! Today, I held the chapel service at school. One of the texts was Jeremiah 5:3. Contextually, he was calling Israel to repentance, which would lead to deliverance. He was also complaining to God about the ineffectiveness of his witness. God is truly the one that gives the increase. Don’t give up! Pray also for H… He is another contact who is on the edge of trusting the Lord! This month Chelli has had two English-Weekend Bible Camps, attended by 63 kids and teens. This gives students from the school a chance to hear the Gospel while working on their English. A big thank you to those of you who helped pay for the transportation to camp and back. With the cost of fuel as it is, many of the families would not have been able to afford to send their kids to camp without your help. We are just getting our immune systems back up and running. We suffered two colds back-to-back and our second Corona adventure without reprieve. Please pray that we are back to 100% soon. Please pray for Samantha’s health. We found a good nutritionist to help her sort out what is going on with her immune system. Her ongoing medical expenses are a reoccurring prayer request. As those of you who have experience with auto-immune diseases know, it can be a real roller coaster ride at times. This Sunday, we are excited to be back in our building after the water pipe broke. For two weeks we met in a church member’s house and two weeks we had services digitally. The repairs to the building are not yet complete, but the building is usable again. We are thankful for a church in Springfield, MO, which raised our support. We are also thankful for the church that had to drop our support due to their struggles, but kept us on as their missionaries. We are thankful for each of our faithful supporters and friends who walk with us in this journey. Relationships with churches are so precious to missionaries. May God strengthen our churches for the Gospel’s sake. Special thanks for the support and the special offerings during these uncertain times. The Sudbrock Family

The joy of Gideon’s success was stollen by Ephraim’s pride. Ephraim attacked Jeptha and lost 42 thousand men. Finally, in Isaiah 7, God announces final judgement on Ephraim because they schemed against the House of David(The Messianic Line). In all of this, God actively reached out. One such time, He interwove a Messianic message.

Representing Christ as the Savoir is the point.  Recently as I witnessed to an older gentleman, he proudly stated that he and his wife had just celebrated 62 years together.  After a fist bump and congratulations for such an accomplishment, I explained that before Christianity, Israel, Moses, Jacob, Isaac, Abraham, and Noah, God created Adam and Eve.  That relationship preaches the way to salvation.  How often must a husband or a wife admit their failure and trust that they will be forgiven.  It was not without reason that the relationship between Christ and the church is paralleled to man and his wife.  In repenting and trusting the good news that Jesus will save, as He is the way, the truth, and the life, one is saved.

I explained to Herr S… how I trusted Christ and how He saved me.  I shared with him John 3:16 asking him to promise me to read it as soon as he could. I begged him to consider trusting Christ. Explaining that He will not cast away a repentant heart, but rather save those who trust Him.

Nov & Dec were wonderfully packed with ministry. Chelli lead the 8th grade Christmas play at the school. It was so encouraging, within this atheistic community, to see the gospel shine so brightly through the presentation that these children created. We also put together care packages for needy families, passed out calendars with the gospel message to our neighborhood and delivered gift bags for the homeless in Wittenberg.

Please pray for our church people.  We had a water pipe burst in the recent cold snap.  It flooded our kitchen, main Sunday school room as well as part of the vestibule.  The floorboards have taken in water and swollen to the point of hindering proper door function.  The kitchen cabinets are a total loss as well as some furniture. I have an appointment with the contractors tomorrow.  Once we have the needed estimates and the insurance signs off on everything, we can schedule the repairs. It means a lot of work for our people and a season when we will not be able to meet in our building.  Pray with us that the time of fellowship as we work side by side will be fruitful and that God provides us an alternative meeting place while the floor is being replaced.

Please continue to pray for Samantha’s health. My eye has healed, but the operation has advanced a cataract.  The eye doctor is recommending having both lenses replaced in Oct.  After insurance, there is still our co-pay for the surgeries that I had in the fall which amounts to $3,200.  With the war in Europe and the energy crisis in Germany, the cost of living has drastically jumped.  If the Lord could use you to help with these needs, we would be very grateful.

This summer Sadie’s knee is needing to be operated on again, Samantha is doing an internship, we are picking up Elior and receiving recognition for 30 years of service as missionaries.  That is a good deal of travel expense. 

Special thanks for the support and the special offerings during these uncertain times.

The Sudbrock Family

As I sat in the waiting area for a minor ear opening procedure, this little jingle came humorously into my mind as I considered the happenings of late.

The last two months have been exciting, health wise.  I had outpatient surgery in Iowa 10 days before returning to Germany.  Two weeks and three days ago I had emergency surgery on a detached retina in my right eye.  Two weeks prior to that surgery, I had a head cold that led to an inner ear issue.

I had tried everything to clear up that ear, to no avail.  While being detained in the hospital, post op due to some inflammation, I decided to go see the resident ear specialist.  She gave me nose drops and sent me on my way.  I used them with no success.  A week later, Chelli stopped by our local specialist, and I made an appointment.   Success!  The next day, the doctor made a little hole in my eardrum and extracted the fluid.  Voila, I can hear again.  PTL!  

I can hear and my sight is improving.  The doctor took away two of the meds on Friday.  One was a pupil dilation drop.  My right pupil is slowly becoming active again and my vision in the right eye is less blurry. The stitches in the eye are softening as well as the pain at the op sights are lessening.

Our Reformation festival was a feat of the Lord.  While my eye is healing, I am not able to lift anything.  If it was not for those who stepped up, we would have been forced to cancel our outreach.  Skyler called and said, “Dad, I have organized two teams from our church; one for setup and one for manning the stand.”  Fantastic!

Then Skyler fell ill Saturday.  He was to drive the rented Sprinter.  Without a driver, we were back to cancelation.  Nick, a young man who had helped before, called, and asked if we needed help.  His father is a good friend. He suggested we use his Sprinter and that Nick could drive it. The festival was on again.

Not only did it all function well, but the young people who came to help pass out tracts were energetic soul winners!  I am not sure how many people our thrown-together group witnessed to, but happily we greatly depleted the gospel literature that we had brought that day.

He is mighty in our weakness!!!

Please pray for Samantha’s health.

 Special thanks for the support and the special offerings during these uncertain times.

The Sudbrock Family

August and September were filled with changes, adaptations, and new opportunities.

We landed in late July in Des Moines, IA.  Skyler and Eva renewed their vows at Newton Baptist Temple as the family was not able to be a part of their German wedding. 

They went east to visit friends and family and we went south visit some of our supporting churches. We all met up again in MO to spend some time with Samantha at College of the Ozarks.  We then parted ways as Skyler and Eva made their way back to IA then back to Germany.  A special thanks to all who helped them along their way.  Blessing our kids is a blessing to us.

After being in a few churches, we made our way to Indianapolis, where Guy Solarek and his church blessed us with fellowship and a generous love offering.

We then spent a few days with Chelli’s family and visited old friends.  We were then on to Cincinnati to meet new friends before heading off to VA to drop Sadie off at college.

The following Saturday, I took Chelli to the airport.  She had to be back as school was starting up in Wittenberg.  A few days later I was driving to Cincinnati with tears running down my face.  Letting your kids go is hard, but the finality of the last one starting college is just tough.

I went on to IA where I visited a few more churches and had an out-patient procedure with 10 days of healing before the long fight back.

As the kids are on their own, we are adapting.  One of the adaptations came in the form of four legs.  Thanks to a generous Christian dog breeder, we have a new child.  Elior (My God is light) will be joining our team as a therapy dog.  Lord willing, he will open doors for many new soul winning opportunities in hospitals, care facilities and orphanages.

We also have several needs.  Samantha and Serenity have medical bills that need to be paid off.  As you know, the cost of travel has become difficult to bear, this was never more evident than when you are traveling between faithful churches.  We are excited about the new opportunities with the K9 Chaplain ministry, but this as well comes at a cost.  Elior will be spending the winter with a professional trainer in MO.  We are feeling the cost-of-living increases brought on by the energy crisis here in Europe.  Would you consider increasing your commitment to our ministry.  If you are not supporting us, would you pray about taking us on?

In May, we are to be honored for thirty years of service as missionaries to Germany.  It is amazing how the time has passed.  It promises to be an exciting week as we see many of you again.  We will also be able to see Samantha again and pick up Elior. He will officially be joining our team in May as we endeavor to reach the lost until HE comes again.

A special thanks for the support and the special offerings during these uncertain times.

The Sudbrock Family

This month has been full.  Sadie, our youngest, graduated and is on her way to Liberty on a missionary scholarship.  We had a goodbye service Sunday where teachers and friends heard the gospel one more time. 

After services, we grilled and celebrated Sadie’s 19 years in Germany.  With a complex mix of feelings, we release the last arrow of the Sudbrock quiver into the uncertainty of today with all the hopes and dreams that the Almighty will use her to change the world.

We are in the middle of preparation for summer furlough.  It entails preparing our apartment, lining up guest speakers, and filling empty dates along our route.

In July, I have been on two class trips with the school as chaperoning pastor.  We took the two 8th grade classes to the Berlin area.  It is such a fantastic opportunity to share the gospel.  Usually, the first night is a short one as they are full of trip excitement.  The rest of the week is generally more restful, but . . . as with any youth camp, it makes for a tired group of workers.  That aside, I wouldn’t give up the opportunity to give devotions, play soccer, listen, and counsel these young people for anything.  What a blessing it is to be able to communicate the loving good news of Christ’s salvation to these young people and their teachers. 

The second trip was with the 6th graders.  I had over done it helping a friend over the weekend with his roof and that set the stage for a problem at the end of our first day with the 6A.  After a 12-kilometer hike, my legs swelled and became feverous.  Monday night, I slept with my legs and feet over a fan I had lodge between the wall and the bed to cool the beet red blotches.  The next evening things had improved, and I was back in the swing of things.  Due to my leg issue, it was decided that I would ride back with the A class and Chelli would then bring me back Wed evening.  Suddenly it occurred to me that I had forgotten my dentist appointment and I would not make it back in time.  I called Chelli and asked her to call the dentist only to have the dentist call me to ask if I could come 45 minutes later.  God knows what we need when we need it.  If I had not had a problem with my legs, I would have missed my appointment and He even changed the Dentist’s schedule to accommodate my need without me knowing I had a need.

The 6b was a joy.  When I arrive Wed evening, I sat with a group of kids and started to share Bible stories.  The group grew and I lost track of time.  They were like sponges.  Afterwards, I walked around meeting the rest of the class and more questions ensued.  There is no greater joy than sharing Christ!

A special thanks for the support and the special offerings during these uncertain times.

The Sudbrock Family

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I cannot think of a better testimony. A man who has been watching our ministry for  several years and has witnessed the lives of our family on a daily basis, made me smile.    As I was chatting with him and steered the conversation to Christ, he interrupted me and stated positively, “You all live the faith”. It is so nice to get positive feedback. Thank you, Lord, for making the years of serving You, visible to our neighbors.

Since the end of February, we have been actively reaching out to the Ukrainian people, both in our city and throughout eastern Europe. We invited the refugees who have relocated to Wittenberg to attend a cake and coffee fellowship and BBQ.  We had 30 RSVP to our invite, so we planned for 40 and purchased for 50.  Ninety-five showed up!!!  Just as the grill ran out of food to serve, a young lady from Chelli’s ninth grade class appeared with a gorgeous layer cake from the bakery where she works. “I was wondering if you could use this?”

The Lord multiplied our “loaves and fish” and fed the multitude!  I was able to share Christ with a few people by drawing pictures in the sand while I was grilling.  Some spoke English.  Some spoke German.  But everyone has mastered the translation apps on our phones since all of this started. At the end of the evening, a man who spoke some English expressed his thankfulness.  He was so grateful for the opportunity to be distracted for a while and to enjoy life and hope for an afternoon.  We gave out backpacks filled and donated by Samaritan’s Purse.  Everyone had a great time and went home with the Gospel of John and our contact information. Please pray for open hearts as they struggle to make sense of their world.

On the family side of things, Serenity is with us for the summer.  She has an internship at a local engineering company.  We will be headed to the states in July to drop off Sadie as she starts at Liberty University on a Missionary Kid Scholarship in the fall. That means we will be empty nesters.! 

Please pray for Sadie’s left knee. If the tendons do not heal properly, she will need to undergo another surgery.

Pray for the health of churches and our support level as well. Two of our supporting Churches have disbanded and closed their doors this spring.

Upcoming events: Luther’s Wedding Festival (street ministry), 6th grade class trip (5 days), 8th grade class trip (5 days), Graduation Sunday. 

 A special thanks for the support and the special offerings during these uncertain times.