About me

This will give you a brief discription and introduction to who I am and what I do.

Bible reading tool

Ever thought about reading the Bible more effectively? Here is a very useful tool that will help you get more out of your time with God's Word.

Vision building with Nehemiah

Every great company has a Vision. It’s what drives them. People have Visions for their lives. It’s what makes them go forward, trying to achieve something. “Without a Vision, people run wild.” (Prov 29:18 HCSB) Do you have a Vision for your life?

Marriage,...and God in it

Let it be the “Proposal” to enter into a relationship with God or the Unity, whatever issue we talk about, it is always better understood with an illustration from this "perfect picture marriage".

Hermenéuitca práctica (español)

Como pastores o voluntarios en la iglesia tenemos el privilegio de dar charlas y enseñar la palabra de Dios. Pero nos preguntamos ¿Cómo se prepara un estudio Bíblico? ¿Cómo puedo sacar de un texto lo mas importante? Y ¿Que quiere decir el texto a mi primero?

27 September 2017

It is enough...

Reading through my Bible text this morning I got stuck at a very special verse:
It is enough for a disciple to become like his teacher and a slave like his master.
Math 10:25
What a great relieve!!! I don't have to work so hard as to become more than Jesus. Let's be honest, how many times do we try to be more. Holier. More perfect. Without fail. Without rest. I mean, Jesus raised the bar pretty high. HE is pretty perfect. HE is pretty holy. BUT I don't have to try to be holier than holy. I don't have to work so hard as to be better than Jesus. 
Jesus wept. Jesus got tired. Jesus rested. Jesus retrieved to spend time in prayer and rest. Jesus was a human just like me. He had needs, got exhausted and had hurt feelings. 

"It is enough..." to become like Jesus. It is enough to work only to become like HIM. Too many times we try way too hard to be holier or more perfect than what is expected of us. Like the Pharisees in the New Testament, we work way too hard only to appear more. 

It is enough to rest in HIM and HIS presence. It is enough to let him work in us HIS will.
Still a challenge, agreed. But way less stressful.

"It is enough..." how I love these words for today.

30 December 2016

Final prayer letter for 2016

On the last day of the year 2016 I would like to greet you one more time with our Ministry update (Prayer letter Dec 2016). The following prayer letter is the last one in 2016. Whatever 2017 holds, we will put it into Gods hands.
May God bless you and give you a great start into the year 2017.
Greetings, Daniel

23 September 2016

Evangelism, the tactical way

Reaching someone for Christ is an exciting privilege. It is even better when you can combine it with fun and men’s ministry.

Last week I had the chance to be part of a tactical training in Guano, Ecuador, at a Special Operations training center. TACTICA is a ministry based in Costa Rica which focusses on  providing high quality training and reaching people for Christ at the same time. Jeff, a friend of mine, had contacted me in July to see if I would be willing to help him with translation at one of those training weeks. “Of course!” I replied. After getting the OK from my boss, I prepared for the trip. I never could have imagined how much fun translation could be! 

I left home to meet the team, a group of 10 American SWAT members devoted to Christ and some translators. We took off for the GOE (Grupo de Operaciones Especiales) training base. On our first day the team set up the stage and discussed how to proceed with the training. What was most intriguing was the fact that they were thorough in tactical procedure, and at the same time they were deeply rooted in the Word of God. Just a small Bible study showed me the depth of their faith.

The next day 51 GOE members showed up for their first training session. To their surprise - and to mine - the training didn’t start with tactical teaching but with the Word of God. Every day the GOE members would have the chance to earn some pretty nice gear (knives, boots, backpacks, gun holsters, and a lot more). But they had to work hard for it by memorizing Bible verses. Smaller gear was “worth” 2-3 memorized Bible verses. More advanced gear was “worth” 4-6 verses. And the big stuff was “worth” 6-10 verses. Believe it or not, all the prizes totaling about $5,000 was gone within 4 days! God’s word was planted in these tough guys with a little help of tactical gear!

After the initial spiritual part, all members of the training squad went down to the shooting house and shooting range for training: dynamic entry as well as deliberate entry into a house full of suspects, shooting techniques, martial arts training, and all the tactical drills a good Special Ops member needs. And right in the middle of all this - a German pastor trying to translate tactical terms and instructions he had never heard of before. But little by little, these terms just popped out of my mouth. The best part, though, was to see the leadership displayed. Not only the instructors from the US showed great leadership, but also the GOE members. Taking responsibility for a mistake made. Delegating tasks and leadership segments. Taking over leadership when the main leader was not available. The recruits learned great lessons on leadership, just as I also did.

Every training session was about 1.5 hours long, and the 51 GOE members were divided into three groups. After the first session in the morning, we would break up into even smaller groups for a Bible study. How do I know that God exists? Why believe the Bible? Who is Jesus for me? How should I live as a Christian? Deep questions with answers deeply rooted in the Bible. But I must say, this part was a little easier to translate. The Bible is and always will be more of a specialty for me. This was also the time when we would present the Gospel to the GOE members. And boy I tell you, God worked in mighty ways. By the end of the week, 23 of the 51 GOE members accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. One SWAT guy summed it up with a quote he had read: “God didn’t just show up, he showed off!” It is something quite special to be able to call a SWAT member or a GOE member a “brother in Christ.” 

After a long day of training, each night we would either watch a Christian movie (Courageous, Fireproof, or Grace Card)  or we would have a Bible study, for example on the topic of “How do we reconcile ‘do not kill’ with police work/military action?” You can imagine that the topics from the movies and the Bible studies stirred up a myriad of questions. We tried to answer their questions as well as we could. But it is clear that follow-up is more than necessary. In the following weeks and months, we will try to keep in contact with the GOE members and disciple each one of them, especially the ones who received Christ.

It was an awesome experience. God worked in mighty ways, not just in the lives of the GOE members but in my life as well. I learned a lot, too. It is my desire to keep working with service men - police, military or other branches - and help them know Christ and live with Christ. As Jeff, the friend who invited me, puts it in his vision statement: “We want to serve those who serve!”

09 September 2016

Ministry Prayer information - August 2016

"Who am I?" - question that many have asked. A question with many different answers. A question that also influences our ministry.
Interested in more details - read our new prayer letter from August 2016.

21 April 2016

Earthquake in Ecuador

Many have probably heard about the 7.8-magnitude earthquake which struck Ecuador’s coast on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. We as a family were all in Quito, very thankful that we were together at the time of the earthquake. Our family is doing well, and we have not had any damage in Ibarra or in Quito. On Ecuador’s coast, however, the destruction is staggering. It was the largest earthquake since the 7.2-magnitude quake of 1987.
(more information in our Prayer Letter

29 December 2015

Jahresabschluss Rundbrief 2015

So und jetzt noch zum Abschluss des Jahres einen Rundbrief auf unserer Missionsseite. Wer noch gerne sehen will, was bei uns los war in der Weihnachtszeit, kann gerne mal reinschauen!
Wir wünschen noch ein Frohes Neues Jahr und Gottes Reichen Segen!

(If you are looking for the english version, please have a little patience. Thank you for your understanding!)

17 November 2015

Kingdom Value

The past couple weeks I have been thinking a lot about the verses from 2Tim 3:16-17, especially in connection with my ministry as pastor, counselor and teacher of counseling and hermeneutics. 
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 
It is pretty clear that the Bible is well suited for teaching the will of God. It is also true that the Bible is used many times for reprove, especially when someone isn’t living up to the teachings of the Bible. Even correcting is part of the work we do as pastors and counselors. 

What struck me is the similarity of "training in righteousness" to the previous word "correction". Both words are meant to help people go into the new - right - direction. Both words have the intention of setting up a new mind set towards “doing the right thing”. 

So I asked myself, why say it twice? It just hit me recently, that "correcting" is just telling someone what this new way looks like. "Training in righteousness" though is a lot more. It is pointing out the Kingdom Value of the topic. In "training in righteousness" we talk about how acting in the right way, we are actually displaying God's Kingdom to and in this world!

Let me show you what I mean on the example of “faithfulness in marriage”:

Teaching from the Bible:

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, …” (Hebr 13:4a)
Teaching: Be faithful in your marriage!

Reprove with the Bible:

"… for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” (Hebr 13:4b)
Reprove: Stop, or better: don't commit adultery, because God will judge!

Correct through the Bible:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery. ’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.” (Mat 5:27-29)
Correct this: Get rid of what enters through your eyes. Get rid of of things that tempt you. Don’t be deceived by what you look at, to do something that defiles your marriage! 

Train in righteousness:

“For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” (Eph 5:23-27)
When we display submission in marriage, we mirror the Lordship of Christ in the church. When we display sacrificial love, we mirror Christ’s love for his church. Faithfulness in marriage is a display of relationship between Christ and his church! If we live it, we display God’s faithfulness. When we brake it, we defile it!   

When we use the Bible as a counseling tool - or in teaching -, it is not enough to just teach the truth, or the right way. It is not enough to reprove and make them stop destroying their or other peoples lives. It is not even enough to point into the right direction. It is essential that we make the counselee see the importance this issue has in the Kingdom of God. 

Training in righteousness has Kingdom Value!