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Christians from around the world gather in the Bavarian city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany — famous for its medieval old town — for the Euro-American Christian Family Retreat. PHOTO BY KEITH LANCASTER
Al Stevens, a U.S. church member and military chaplain, organized the first event as a get-together for American military families living in Europe.
In the years that followed, it evolved into a shared celebration for missionaries serving in Europe — some supported by U.S. churches and some vocational — and European Christians.
Phil Jackson, director for European missions for Missions Resource Network, coordinates the retreat.
Throughout the event, “what I kept hearing repeated was this: ‘Because of the fellowship, singing, worship and encouragement, we don’t want to leave,’” said Keith Lancaster, a cappella “musicianary” and song leader for the retreat. “People spoke of becoming hoarse from singing so loud.”
McDonough, who now serves churches in Southeast Asia, urged the participants to maintain their faith and resolve despite laboring in “post-Christian” Europe, where evangelism is difficult and baptisms are few.
“You’re needed here,” he told the attendees. “I hope you go away thinking, ‘What a blessing these people were to me.’”
THE NEXT EURO-AMERICAN RETREAT is Nov. 22-26, 2014. See eurofamilyretreat.org.
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