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Denmark 2013, Day Nine

September 12, 2013

Today didn’t start out to well, I was up most of the night with and upset stomach, “mother said there would be day’s like this”. After much discussion with the pastor and his wife I was told to stay home and rest with my wife. It was disappointing to miss a work day but a chance to get some laundry done. We will be going on to Sweden and Norway in a couple of days when the rest of the team heads back to the US so we will need clean clothes for the trip. Today is Saturday, which means there will be a church service in the coffee-house so it was agreed someone would come pick us up in the afternoon so we could attend the service. After some rest and a little to eat I felt a lot better by the time they arrive to pick us up in the afternoon. Yesterday we had finished converting an old coat closet into a pantry with shelving and it now it had been filled with supplies and in use by the coffee-house staff.

Closet turned Pantry

Closet turned Pantry

The store-room was now painted and trimmed and the team was in the process of putting in a new floor of laminate flooring.

Cutting the flooring to size

Cutting the flooring to size

The team had almost complete the first layer of sheet rock on the ceiling of the meeting room and started the second layer. They were short some brackets so they could not complete the first layer.

First layer up and second started

First layer up and second started

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Cleaning up at the end of the day

When we arrived they were conducting another day of Vacation Bible School for the local children.

Another puppet show for the kids

Another puppet show for the kids

Children enjoying the show

Children enjoying the show

Church services were started with some singing led by Olga and David who were volunteers at the coffee-house.

Olga and David leading the singing at church service in the coffee house

Olga and David leading the singing at church service in the coffee-house

We were told the story of how coffee-house ministries got started in Poland where the first Sweet Surrender coffee-house was started. The coffeehouses were named after the song called “Sweet Surrender,” written and recorded by 23-year-old Spencer Green of the Bryan, Texas Church of the Nazarene. Green had wanted to visit Poland to help with the coffee houses, but was diagnosed with cancer and passed away before they opened.

The idea of a coffee-house ministry as a method of fellowshipping with non-believers in Christ fit the needs of the pastor and people of the Greve Church of the Nazarene so after much prayer and planning things fell into place and the Sweet Surrender coffee-house in Copenhagen, Denmark became a reality.

As the singing continued we were told it is not unusual for the people in Denmark to sing the blessing before a meal.

After the church service and the evening meal some of the men were invite to a bonfire at one of the church members house. Some of the rest of the team went on a ride down the coast to a small port on the Sea. Some of the buildings in the village were built in the 1100’s. There was an old sailing ship as well as fishing boats in the harbor.

Sailing ship

Sailing ship

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Fishing boats at rest

To top off the night we stopped at an ice-cream store for a cone before returning to our housing for another good nights sleep.

Counting our blessings

Counting our blessings

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  1. September 12, 2013 5:27 pm

    I’m glad you two got to go on this trip together!

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