Schaller Family News
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2
Discipleship is crucial, but what does it look like? 2 Timothy 2:2 is discipleship in a nutshell. One generation of believers trains up the next and so on. Christianity in Europe has been on the decline largely due to a lack of discipleship. Movement Builders School is a training weekend led by Agapé staff and students. It aims to equip young believers who want to learn how to disciple. Movement Builders School has been done a few times in Germany, and this year they invited the French to participate. Back in March, we met on the border in Strasbourg to try something new.
Looking at the pictures you may see students with headphones on when they should be paying attention. In reality they are listening to a live translation when their own language is not being spoken. Trent helped organize a little ad-hoc network so students could use their smartphones to listen to an interpreter. The presenters could then speak their native language and still be heard by all without pauses for translation. This is often necessary in Europe, and if the technology works well, the students greatly enjoy it. For another element of fun, the worship music was in English.
Do you remember stories about Tara designing the French version of an outreach card game called “Perspective”? How about the welcome cups that she helped create for students in Rennes? You may remember Aurélie (pictured top left in the group of 6), a new believer who met Agapé through the cup outreach last year. She came to Strasbourg and used the Perspective cards to share the Gospel. As our sole student from Rennes on this trip, she began preparing to help lead the movement, which is what she’s doing now. Fun, huh?
We spent one afternoon in the public squares talking with people. As a young dad, Trent had the opportunity to share with two medical students about his new-found understanding of the Father’s love.
Here's what a few students had to say about their experience at MBS:
"I was especially excited by the German-French combination. God works worldwide and beyond all country borders."
"Everything that we learned has very practical connections to my personal faith and to my campus movement. We got to apply it right away."
"Movement Builders School really helped me to see more clearly how it’s possible to create movements for God. Through MBS, the Spirit of God also made me think about my way of doing this on my campus in a positive way, and [I realized that] it’s simple to share my faith with other students; I just need to pray and then go for it."
Trent crossed into Germany for a slice of Black Forest Cherry Cake. Yes, he shared it. He also shared with the students how God can use people with administrative gifts. Thank you for praying and loving students across the globe this fall, as many are newly seeking God.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel and Sweet Pea