Back to Europe...
We moved to Berlin, Germany on June 14, 2017 with Mission Enablers International to Gnadenhaus(‘Mercy House’ in German). So far we are part of a prayer and worship rhythm in our house where we host monthly worship meetings called "The Tabernacle" and have been traveling to YWAM bases for teaching. We are also involved in the Burn 24-7 in Berlin and are hosting a Prophecy Training Weekend March 16-17th here at Gnadenhaus. To learn more about our events at the house, you can find us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BerlinGnadenhaus
Berlin is a a city of 3.4 million people, approximately 100 nationalities and as few as 5,000 spirit-filled Christians worshiping on any given Sunday. The city was divided and walled post world war 2 and bears the scars of those times. One-third of the city's buildings were destroyed in war and one in four children under five had to be medicated in post-war Berlin. The Berlin wall came down in 1989 but many Berliners still describe themselves in terms of "east" or "west" and the city and church still suffer from division and splits. The city has become a modern metropolis where art and culture thrive as well as a spirit of lawlessness where it feels like "anything goes." However, the church is still standing in Berlin and there are movements of prayer, worship and the Burn 24-7 as well as stories of many Muslim refugees coming to Christ.
Our Story to Berlin...
Back in June 2016 after Michael and I(Lisa) got engaged, I started making contact with old friends from my time in Berlin Germany from 2006-2010. We had a sense as a couple that God was leading us back into the nations.
Nigel and Karen Rivers who are from the UK, own Gnadenhaus, a big hotel-type house north of Tegel airport that they purchased in 2005. Their vision was to have community, worship, prayer and see discipleship taking place. They wanted to have Americans, Brits and Germans living together and have ministry birthed from that place of family and prayer/worship. I worked with the Rivers to pioneer a discipleship course with the Jesus Freaks in Berlin and have been a part of the Burn 24-7 that was pioneered from their house in 2009.
After a few skype meetings with friends in Berlin, we could see God drawing old friends together. Kerstin Wandel, whom I have worked with over several years—a dear sister to me(we were roommates, she translated for me in Berlin, and we partnered together in lots of training ministry both in Berlin and York) also planned on moving back to Berlin. As we all got talking, we felt God was leading us all to work and live together from the house. Nigel and Karen have had difficulty sustaining a worshiping community in the house since so many living there have been involved with other ministries outside the house. They had just been praying God would lead the right people to live there when I e-mailed them just after Michael and I got engaged in June. We feel this is God’s timing.
What we will be doing:
We all have worship, prayer and discipleship on our hearts. We will be having regular worship and prayer, and listening for how God would lead us to discipleship in Berlin. Nigel & Karen are already connected with lots of churches locally and in the region and I have several nation-wide contacts with YWAM. Our heart is to see Germans raised up and mobilized. Michael has a pastoral heart and besides worship and training, would be able to use his gifts in helping out in the house with all practical aspects of maintaining the facility. We would all be helping run the house and take ownership as we host outreach teams that do evangelism there in the spring and summers (mainly from European Initiative). I used to join the outreaches as often as I could when I lived or visited Berlin in the past. The house can hold 35 people as well as the four families living there permanently and there is a big meeting place where the Burn is currently being held and we would like to run discipleship from the house and come alongside local churches and ministries. There is also the opportunity to minister to the flood of refugees into Germany.
How to partner and pray
1. We have a yearly health insurance payment if you would like to give a one-time gift towards this.
2. MONTHLY SUPPORT: We are always looking for new monthly support. Please contact us if you would like to partner with us in finances and prayer.
We received a one year visa in July and will renew our visa again at that time, hopefully for two years this time!
f you are not currently supporting us and would like to have more detailed information and see how God can use you to partner with us, please let us know. We value your prayers so much. Or if you feel to give us a one time gift, please know that your contributions are tax deductible made out to Mission Enablers International. Click here
God bless you and thank you so much for being a part of our lives!
With lots of love,
Lisa (Cuellar) and Michael Dimmitt
Missionaries to Berlin, Germany