I just wanted to write a post dedicated to church. I was incredibly nervous before I came to Darmstadt about being able to find a good church that shared my beliefs, and even more nervous about finding a Bible study, especially since my German skills aren’t that good.
But I now can say that I have a home church here. And I go to a Bible study comprised of German college students. And I have friends–German friends, even! Even when my language skills still need more development!
The first Sunday I lived in Darmstadt, I nervously went to Evangelisch-Freikirchliche Gemeinde Baptisten Darmstadt (EFG Darmstadt for short), a Baptist church. Here is the web site. In German, btw.
At that church service, I met K, who has been a great friend. She invited me to her Bible study group, and when I mentioned that my German skills were poor and that I had trouble understanding when people spoke quickly or mumbled, she started emailing me English translations of many of the announcements to make sure that I could get the right information. And yet she has been willing to speak German with me when we are hanging out or in Bible study so that I can get more practice and learn. She has helped me out in other ways, too; she recommends stores in Darmstadt and sights to see. Being a newbie here, I am super-thankful!
Other people in the Bible study are very friendly as well. I’ve met a lot of people in the last few weeks, and I don’t remember all of the names. But the people I’ve met in the college student Bible study are very friendly and don’t seem to mind listening to my mistake-riddled sentences. I have even been told multiple times that if I don’t understand something that someone says, all I have to do is ask for clarification or for them to repeat it more slowly.
God has been good to me here so far. I’m homesick, so I don’t always feel like I belong here and I often feel alone. But this church and this Bible study and the friends I have made there are gifts from God, and I am extremely thankful!