Only love remains!

A digital meeting at the end of the year was planned. Very few registrations had been received. I felt disappointment in my soul, as I had invested a lot of time again. I was thinking of cancelling the meeting. The day before the meeting, I read i...

Love has time!

My mobile phone rings. Unknown number. I answer it and hear a woman's voice. "I wanted to tell you thank you for the service you celebrated for our father six years ago. It sparked so much in me!" After a few moments I remember. "I didn't have it ...

The pain made our love deepen!

My father has been ill with a brain tumour for a long time. His health has become more difficult. Over Christmas, everyone was at home. Now that my older siblings are going back to their places, I am thinking about this year's Christmas and New Ye...

High5

Last summer I led a dance workshop at a go4peace camp. In my group there were also some young guys from Ukraine. One of the boys in this group is going his way with Down syndrome. He particularly enjoyed the dancing. Last week, I went with my moth...

They followed the star!

In the middle of the day's rush, a message from Ukraine reaches me. "We have no electricity again!" a short time later a photo arrives. It shows a Christmas tree with a shining star at the top. "This star brought us deep joy today when it got dark...

On the plattform

After years, it was time for her to say goodbye to our town. I felt that this was not easy for her. So I offered to take her to the railway station in the next bigger town. She gladly accepted. I picked her up. At the station we had time for a cap...

Eternity dawned!

It was a day that had started hard. I was struggling with a lot of sorrow. I asked Jesus for consolation and help, but in everything I had the feeling being absolutely helpless. So I went to the school. A child full of energy came running towards ...

A look into eyes full of tears!

I had to wait three hours in the emergency room of a hospital for my mother. As she was not well, I felt how sad my heart was. I prayed to Jesus and asked him what was next. Then the motto "Don't stop giving!" came to my mind. Immediately I looked...

He who gives, wins!

We wanted to fulfil a wish of my mother-in-law's heart for her birthday and gave her a group trip to Dresden. She had experienced the destruction of this city as a child and always dreamed of seeing the Frauenkirche in all its beauty again once it...

Everyting was destroyed!

For one week, young people had worked to raise money for a family that had lost a lot in the floods and now faced great challenges. For five days, the young people had baked and sold waffles from morning to night. Now it was clear: We are going to...

Love remains!

A few days ago, we said goodbye to a colleague who was retiring. She had to take over a lively first school year in the last few weeks because the class teacher became ill. One of our wildest boys has not yet been able to get used to school. He ha...

Discover the fruits!

Since March I’ve been part of the Red Cross, and Im helping them in their activity of helping people in the vaccination center in Pristina the capital of Kosovo. The first day that i went there, it was amazing and its still as amazing as it was, e...

Would you like a little bit more?

Before she left for her home country, I wanted to bring her a present for her family. On the way there, I met an oversized truck in the city centre that had lost its way. The driver looked very desperate. I helped him to launch the 20-metre-long v...

Love bears consequences!

For a long time, my son had a burning wish to be able to improve the world more sustainably and with greater steps. He doubted that all the small gestures and rays of hope that we can give really make a difference. I had tried several times to exp...

A little bit more!

I needed a tool from a DIY store. There was a hectic and irritable atmosphere throughout the store. The staff seemed overwhelmed by all the questions from the shoppers. There were no batteries left for two models I had chosen. So I went in search ...

A moment of eternity

At a crossroads sat a 'beggar'. He was talking to himself about the people rushing by. He was very skinny and had long grey hair. I felt like talking to him. He seemed so isolated in the face of so many people who were not interested in him. At th...

Be good news!

When I opened my mails in the evening, I heard from a woman who had been on "Corona duty" at one of our services: "I met a young woman at the service today who has also been to the go4peace camps several times. Today we worked the church together ...

A fence became a wall

Yesterday I was talking to my husband about our neighbours. In my opinion, they have cheekily just taken down our fence that separates our gardens and put a new one there, much higher. They had not informed us about this, and now our dog cannot go...

A phone call

Last week I went to my sister's family. I planned to stay with them one or two days. My sister had to study for an exam, so her husband and I animated their 2 kids. The next morning we found out that one kid has chickenpox. He couldn't go to the k...

New hope!

The annual general meeting of the go4peace e.V. association had taken place. A participant reported back. She wrote: "A big thank you for the professional conduct of the meeting on the net, especially for the lively reports about the last year of ...

Keep Jesus on board!

The task was to develop an online course for young people. It is about five tools that can help to keep Jesus on board. It  involves to learn to speak about facts that prevent individual's growth. Very time-consuming, I had developed a learni...

He held the strings in his hand!

An eye operation had been scheduled. Now a painful healing process was in store. Over Easter, I had planned a small festival of encounter with my children. As my pain was very great and I had to keep my eyes open at night, my daughter made me unde...

A simple cross

A moving experience reached me by mail: "I met a boy with schizophrenia who was at odds with God.... He felt abandoned by Him. I asked him why he thought that way? He told me very personally about his family history, and I could see that there was...

To be concrete - is always possible!

Completely unprepared, my son wrote me an email that weighed heavily on me. I could not defend myself against a certain statement. Sadness wanted to spread through me. I read the following thought in a reflection on a Bible text: "God is ready to ...

Do small things with big love!

I have realized that God is so simple and don’t want from us to do extraordinary things.Today at the work a nurse had backache because of the hard work she had done in these days with patients who are physically restricted and can not do anything ...

We felt comforted!

In the midst of the greatest stress of everyday life one of our birds became very sick. The tame animals mean a lot to our son in particular. They trust him and fly to him as soon as he enters the room. The vat saw only one last hope. He adviced u...

We get as much as we trust!

It was my father’s birthday and I was not home to celebrate with him. So, my sister and I decided to go on weekend to make a little birthday party for him. My sister had left earlier and had arrived home. I was working and I was late. I started to...

Beyond borders!

Today the phone rang and on the other side was a young iranian muslim woman, whom I got to know recently here in my town in Germany. We are both teachers and are part of a qualification program for the foreign teachers at the university. In a shor...

Open up for the moment!

The stores have just opened. A woman with Asian roots is standing at the dairy refrigeration unit. She reaches for a product on the shelf and can't reach it. My moment! I quickly rush to her, get the whole box from the top to a level she can reach...

Be concrete!

She had sent a large donation for the refugees in Bihać. I wrote a letter to thank her and enclosed a small book about the Gospel. A few days later I was able to read in her reply letter: "I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in your i...

Have courage to be quiete!

My telephone rings. A friend from Sarajevo answers: "You know, I have been giving the motto in Croatian every morning for many years to a larger circle of interested people and often I get feedback. Today a friend called me who is having a hard ti...

You give them to eat!

We made a little film. It was about speaking the words of Jesus to young people. I had asked a young woman who had come to Germany as a refugee if she would be willing to take on this role. She gladly accepted. Fluidly and in a very appealing mann...

A ray like the sun!

It must have been the first really sunny afternoon in a week. People were drawn outside. Many were out for a walk. Some were cycling. And again some were running a big lap along the way. As I noticed the sun's rays flooding my face with warmth, we...

Bring everything to Jesus!

It was snowing heavily. It was the birthday of a co-worker. Despite the stormy weather, I had decided to walk to his apartment and leave a small gift on his doorstep. I had just left my house and was standing in the snowstorm. My mobile rang. Was ...

Search and live your word!

I had chosen for this day the word: "You are the light of the world!" A few days ago, after I had trustingly brought all the pain to Jesus in my fear and helplessness and hoped that this difficult time had a meaning, I realized that love for other...

Circulation of love

The brother of a nun from India fall seriously ill in her home country. Day after day she called him to encourage him and his family. Therefore, she needed money for phone cards. A woman gave me 20 € for a pair of socks that a fellow sister had kn...

Heavenly help

A call reaches me from an elderly woman. "Imagine, a priest from Africa is coming to our parish for a year. Now the parish priest was looking for an apartment near the church because the guest did not have a driver's license. Immediately the motto...

A big applause

A boy had hit another boy from his class in the face completely unexpectedly and for no serious reason. The children were very angry with him. When I came, he had his head hidden in his arms and he was sobbing. My boss then took up the conversatio...

A wooden toy

A family from the Asian region had asked for asylum in our country. Their court hearing took place about 200 kilometers away from Kamen. So we had found a car and a driver for the family to be able to be at the court early in the morning with the ...

A spark in my heart

It had simply become too much to do, so I decided to cancel an activity for refugee children on Christmas Eve. A teacher called. She asked if the activity would take place again. I hesitated. I felt that at that moment God was asking for my greate...

The "grace of an accident"

Jesus brought me to a man in need in a curious way. I confessed in church. Suddenly I heard a commotion. The old man asked whose blue car it was in front of the church. They brought him to me. He was one of our parishioners, 83 years old! "Father ...

Love all!

One month ago, I had a big fight with a very good friend of mine. At that point, our friendship came to an end. I did not even think about talking to her. I felt like I really hated her, because she behaved with so much disrespect towards me. Som...

The secret of sharing

In a letter I was allowed to read the following wonderful experience. "I came back from my home country to my place of study with quite a lot of tea and honey. Someone asked me a few days ago, 'Now you have very little tea for yourself. Why do you...

Pain, a bridge between people

I want to share a story about strong faith of one woman in Ukraine. During the last days I went to my parents by train. A woman was sitting next to me. She was sad. We started a conversation and I found out that her son is in Russian captivity sin...

She took my hand!

"I need your help again," I read in a WhatsApp message. A young Lebanese woman contacts me. I remember her well, but our last encounter was years ago. I set off on my bicycle to visit her. She now has a little daughter. Her husband has left her. S...

Modest and quiet

At 75 years old, our long-time friend has been busy once again: he repaired a floor lamp that had been broken, installed many lamps after a move, put up cupboards and then hauled away another large load of bulky waste. He doesn't have much money a...

unexpected ways

Years ago she had taken part in the confirmation preparation in our parish. The contact had remained very loosely. Every morning she received the motto of the day by text message.  In the meantime, she had successfully completed her professio...

One more time!

"Can you help me get another power generator for the hospital in Kherson?" I read in a WhatsApp message. My heart fluttered, then we had just found 9 such generators of 7.5 KW for some bunkers in Khmelnytskyi district. I knew how difficult it was ...

Silent in the darkness

Late in the evening, a WhatsApp message reaches me. "May I ask you to pray for my friend's father? He died in the heavy fighting for Bachmut." I am just in the church and in the darkness I light a candle for him and send it as a photo to Kiev. The...

God is looking for you!

On Tuesday, I received a call from a gentleman who had received a tip via various indirect routes to ask the Encounter Centre I manage if we could take in a Ukrainian family with three children. They have twins who are only 2 months old. He had al...

The fridge did it!

I had known them for years. I had been able to accompany them through many difficult and challenging moments in their lives. Now they were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. They came to a mass in our church. During the service, the wif...

Tenderly!

I had given a Christmas tree to several Ukrainian refugee families. In prayer that evening, a young refugee couple from Afghanistan came to my heart, whom I have known for several years and whom I had helped a lot when they arrived in Germany. Via...

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