“Why do we have missionaries in Germany?” is a common question that
missionaries Margit and Pastor Ben Coltvet are asked. Serving the
American Church in Berlin (ACB), the Coltvets describe how the ministry
of international congregations has changed. In addition to providing
English-language worship to the expatriate community, ACB ministers to
minorities, especially persons of Turkish descent through its Leib und Seele
(Body and Soul) program. Every Friday evening nearly one ton of food is
distributed to 200-300 Turkish immigrants in need of nutional support.
“What is great,” says Pastor Coltvet, “is that recipients also become a
part of the distribution process in the program. The ministry of our
congregation becomes theirs!” –Twila Schock
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