by Ryan Thurman
Greetings friends and family!
We continue to our journey of learning that we are simply human beings, enfolded in weakness and in hope, called together in Christ to change our world one heart at a time. We are in awe of all we have experienced these past eleven months and ask you to pray for us to finish these last two months strong! We return to Phoenix July 5th and look forward to reuniting with many of you!
Wittenberg 2017 Report
Last month the leadership team of Wittenberg 2017 gathered for a retreat in Trieb, Germany to plan the program for the meeting in November. We have been truly blessed in this effort. Our group is drawn from the Lutheran, Catholic, Anglican, Free Church, and Messianic Jewish streams of the body of Christ. God has granted us a ‘spirit of unity’ (Romans 15:5-6).
Life in Gozo
We have now been living here in Gozo for seven months! It has been a great experience. When we are not traveling and visiting team in mainland Europe and Turkey we have been focused on serving in a home church network in Malta and Gozo. We are also serving in the Anglican church both in Gozo and Malta, and serving in a developing ministry for Christian reconciliation. We have made many wonderful connections. During our time in Europe we have added new Antioch Network team members and been able to encourage and strengthen our existing team.
The kids have found their groove in homeschool, the girls are enjoying regularly volunteering at a horse farm. Micah has enjoyed being on a soccer team and Ethan has learned the art of stone sculpturing. We have also found many opportunities to express the ministry of hospitality to immigrants, ministry partners, and family.
The Days Ahead
We leave Gozo May 17th. We will be taking the van across to Sicily via ferry. We will then drive to Italy to stay with John 17 ministry partners outside of Caserta. Then we will drive to Rome to celebrate the Golden Jubilee with Wittenberg 2017 and John 17 team. These meetings will be from June 1st-June 4th
Following this we will connect with the rest of the John 17 leadership team to facilitate another meeting with Pope Francis. John 17 has invited fifty non-Catholic leaders from the U.S. to pray and fellowship with Pope Francis around the theme of Christian reconciliation. This will be June 5th-9th
Finally we will make our way to Germany and connect with George and Hanna Miley during last days in Germany, before returning to the Phoenix. We will help facilitate an Eifel Fellowship Gathering where both the Thurmans and Mileys will share updates on What God has been doing in Europe and also celebrate my 42nd Birthday!