Tonight, we’ve been invited to a late (about one year late) housewarming party for one of our neighbour’s, the regional superintendent for the Lutheran church. To fully understand the situation, you need to know that, in Germany, the Lutheran church is the largest Protestant denomination, to which about half of the German population belong at least nominally. Here in Freudenstadt, we have a great working relationship with our Lutheran friends, since both of us belong to the local Evangelical Alliance.
Being there tonight, and getting to know another great couple of devoted ministers, made me appreciate again the wonderful place that God has put us in for the moment. Let me show you our street by help of Google’s satellite imagery …
The numbers on the map point to the following places:
- Stadtkirche („City chapel“): the major Lutheran church in Freudenstadt
- Pfarrhaus West (western
parsonage): Rev. and Mrs. Thomas and Ulla StrohÃ¤cker. Thomas is one of
the pastors of the Stadtkirche. His wife Ulla is the president and
driving force behind the local chapter of the Evangelical Alliance.
(office and home of the regional superintendent): Rev. and Mrs. Harald
and Annette Stumpf. In his position, Harald oversees a district of more
than fifty Lutheran churches.
- Kirchenpflege und Diakonie (administrative offices of the Lutheran church): Deacon Siegfried Mayer.
- Buchhandlung Rudert: a large, Protestant bookstore
- Schulstr. 43: our own humble abode.
you see, God has placed us in the midst of colleagues and friends, who
share the burden and the joys of ministry in our city. Could you
imagine a better place to live?