Dear friends and guests,
Warm greetings in our Lord Jesus. Our present situation at Bodenseehof, in Germany and around the world is unprecedented. Over the past weeks we have been cast upon the Lord in new ways as we have sought Him for wisdom beyond our own because of the decisions we were forced to make so quickly amidst ever-changing circumstances. Because our service at Bodenseehof has changed so drastically in these past weeks, I wanted to give you an update on our situation and also ask for prayer.
On Friday morning, March 13 I met with our senior staff and decided with them to end Bible school that day. (We were scheduled to end Bible school on March 27.) By the grace of God, 90% of our 105 students from 11 countries, were able to get flights home that weekend. The rest were able to fly home on Monday or Tuesday. We had hoped to keep 8 students to help us with our conference ministry, but had to send them home on Friday, March 20th as time was running out for some to leave the country at all.
Hence, we are now alone as a staff at Bodenseehof. We don’t know when we will be able to begin with our conference ministry, at the writing of this letter the date seems to be no sooner than June 15. In light of this, this is our present “rhythm” at the center: We are now meeting together for prayer from 8:00-8:30 remotely instead of for our normal morning devotionals. We have registered as many staff as we can for "Kurzarbeit" (government-subsidized reduced work hours). In some departments we are able to get some practical work done for which we now have time. Our renovations on the staff house are moving along, but only as is reasonable under the present circumstances.
Some of you have offered to come and help us as is allowed by law. Some have written emails, letters or have called us to ask how we are and to let us know how we are doing. Thank you so very much, this in particular has been very touching. I want to thank those who have told us to keep their conference fees which were already paid as a gift to Bodenseehof. This is much appreciated in light of our present situation.
I am so thankful for our staff at Bodenseehof who have been willing to step in and serve the Lord in new ways: we are registered on the Friedrichshafen Online Platform to help those in need; we are sewing face masks for people in our area who request them; we are offering our services to drive people to doctors; we are offering our help in getting peoples groceries or medical supplies and we have even offered our help to local farmers who normally depend on migrant workers from Eastern European countries who might not get into the country. We want to be good neighbors and serve people at their point of need, as Jesus does.
Thank you again for your support of the ministry at Bodenseehof. Please pay attention to our website for any current information as we move forward. In the meantime, let us rejoice in the Lord always as He will never leave us and is present in everything we now face.
Warmly in Christ for the whole team at Bodenseehof,
In light of the recent developments concerning the Corona Virus and the government's regulations in response to it, we have cancelled our guest services until July 19, 2020. This includes the confirmation groups scheduled for this time, our women's conference, our SoccerCamp as well as our EnglishCamp
Our normal cancelation fees do not apply to these conferences.
Since we'll not be able to host our "Kinderbrunch" here at Bodenseehof, we'll post a video (in German) for all our Kinderbrunch-Kids on kids.bodenseehof.de on Saturday, June 20!
Some of our staff members have been spending a lot of time sewing fabric masks lately. Come and join them with these easy-to-follow instructions: