Glimpses from past trips
I‘m really thankful for your sharing. It is really so inspiring and it always gives me hope that actually following Jesus is something awesome! It really gives peace to know that there are other people that go through similar struggles as I do and to know that those struggles are God’s Hand wanting to set me free is fascinating! It was an honor and pleasure for me to sail with you!
Once again a hearty thank you for the fantastic time in Greece on board the yacht…it was a trip of a life time. I came back so refreshed with a deeper understanding of me being a son of our Father. It was so fantastic the combination of just having fun and enjoying life as well as the teaching.
T he time we had on the boat together was really a blessing for me. God gave me back my tears which I lost over the last 6 years. I really had the feeling of being in the right place together with you guys’.
My participation in this particular trip taught me the importance of the rest and recreation as real spiritual activities.
T o be honest I still can hardly believe what I’ve went through. It took me a lot of time to get “off the mountain”. I was not willing to come down, if you know what I mean and if this sounds childish. I could set off for a second round anytime!
As I told you I did not have any real expectations. This was because you know I am a cautious guy and I didn’t want to be disappointed. But the trip was much more than I hoped. It gave me several new experience. I’m in love with sailing. This is bad news as the cost of it generally is higher than my possibilities (at least this type, on the sea). But who knows? God may open this door as he made it possible during this trip. Thanks to Him and to all those who made it possible financewise!
It was a great time to spend together! Together in chats, drinking, fooling around and last but not least in fellowship! What you are doing is just great! No, that’s not the good work: it’s blessed. And it suits you really well. A real captain (sorry, skipper) in every sense. And yes, you have to expect that any crew will follow you! You inspired me and I guess all of us throughout the trip. I enjoyed every moment.
Spiritual adventure. I didn’t expect it this way but it was very effective. I loved the non-religious approach which you favorized even though I am quite conservative on that field and the impact was great! It would probably not work for me ashore but this environment was ideal for it. Thank you for leading us on this part as well!
Since quite a long time went by since arriving home my feelings have evaluated. First it was mere emotions, positive ones. I missed every one of the team, the ambiance, our Team. But as time passed (and I hope this will continue) the spiritual experience of this adventure started to infiltrate into my life. God started to lead me on a new path earlier this year and He fitted this trip into it. I feel myself as a neophyte but in a different way: same feelings, deeper content. Great to be dead! Sometimes people who I am talking to look onto me as if I have gone nuts. I encourage you to carry on with this! Believe me, this is something really wonderful. And a very powerful tool in God’s hand. And remember, I am available if you need a Mannschaft! Maybe on our trip (with this Team through the Atlantic?)
I realized how I haven’t processed what has happened this week at all. But one thing I know: it was an amazing time, tons of input and it will change my life, I am incredible thankful for every moment, the tough ones included.
And then …. the Input. Once again your clear vision and insight was a really big and important lighthouse for my journey. Needed that. (Your very special route of administration was gorgeous as ever, for sure. Music to my ears). And then…. the talking. I totally loved the take-it-easy talks with all you guys. Knowing that you all are huntsmen and weather-beaten sailors of the seven seas, blessed children of the Father of eternity, Men to die for (at least according to Jesus, and that guy knows his stuff). That was totally awesome. You guys are totally awesome! Every single one of you! But you were also helpful for me to understand one more time: The by far biggest obstacle on my journey is myself. My way of thinking, who I am, my conviction of what I can achieve is the one crucial problem remaining. Nothing else. Because if God is with us – only lies can tear us apart…
For the past three and a half years, I’ve been held hostage (in a sense) by my sins, shame, and fear. I couldn’t admit my sins to God, let alone accept His forgiveness or forgive myself. But my time on your trip allowed me to work through some really hard stuff with God and I’ve been basking in the freedom of His overwhelming love, grace and forgiveness ever since. I can finally breathe and live the full life God has planned for me, whatever and wherever that takes me. Thank you for allowing God to work in and through you, so He could bring me to the place I am today.