Love and boldness for Christ’s glory

Posted on May 17, 2012 by VMMissions Staff

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

The word “learning” greatly sums up my past year in Germany. Coming to a new language, culture, land, people, and work has made each day full of unknowns, surprises, challenges and all together constant learning. I came to Kaiserslautern in December 2010, as a missionary intern, desiring to learn the language, heart and people of this land and culture. My desire and delight is in relationship building, opening doors of opportunity to share Christ’s love and active movements today.

I started German language class a year ago, never realizing the impact God would use in friendships built with my
classmates. I have made international friends from Norway, Brazil, China, Indonesia, and Estonia. We still meet together on a regular basis, even one year after our German course ended. These women now live in Germany for several years, and most do not know Christ personally. God has really impressed upon my heart a passion and love for these middle-30s-aged mothers.

In meeting regularly for coffee or being invited to one of our homes for a meal, God has provided time and conversation to share His love to these women and their children, giving opportunity to demonstrate His mission in active and personal ways. Several have opened up to me personally, sharing life difficulties, questions and struggles. I am able to show God’s grace and support through listening, understanding and praying with and for them. I am the youngest and only single woman in the group, but I feel equally respected and listened to in our circle.

Where I once was completely timid and new to missions and speaking boldly of God’s love, I am learning the importance of sharing His love, even at the face of possible rejection. I continue learning love and boldness for Christ’s mission and glory!

Marsha will be in Virginia in June and July. Watch for details for a fundraising event on July 12 at Shady Oak (Weavers Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg).

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Marsha Kanagy (right) with German course classmates. Roberta Lotvola, EMM missionary, is on left.

Marsha Kanagy (right) with German course classmates. Roberta Lotvola, EMM missionary, is on left. Courtesy of author.

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