It all started with a heart cry to the Lord as we waited on Him on our knees in the island of Tenerife, Spain in 2015. As we prayed and searched for direction, we were approached by 3 different people who confirmed to us that God was calling us back to the Caribbean again. To say that we were humbled by His trust to call us back here is an understatement. We love the Caribbean!.
This season brought up a variety of projects that still today continue to grow and develop in different forms. The vision for the Caribbean Prayer Rooms (CPR) was once again confirmed after our attempt to establish the Tabernacle of David in Curacao. This time the vision had taken a wider approach as God said that it would be a Regional relational network movement. We have loved every step of the way! There are some Houses of Prayer birthed out of this initiative and we are thrilled to see what God can do once we dare step out and speak what He says.
CPR Gatherings were also pioneered during this time. Every one of them has blown our minds as God shows up and unites our hearts, gives us vision, passion, desire and strength to see deep growth in the Body of Christ.
In this video you can hear Volker share in an interview about the history of the Caribbean Prayer Rooms.
It all started in 2012, when Volker waking up in the morning suddenly had the conviction to go to Sicily. He was so certain that he had to go, he began to make plans and every step of the journey was divinely prepared and set out before him. One door opened after another. Humedica jumped on board and decided to finance the trip to facilitate an evaluation of the refugee situation in Sicily, having Volker report back to them. Once in Sicily, Volker connected with key people who had an honest heart to establish a place to help and reach out to the refugees. A bridge was established and a source of provision began to flow and reach the people who needed it most. Volker led a series of outreaches for several years entirely focused on reaching out to the refugee crisis in the south of Italy.
Today there is an established ministry called Missione Tre V, entirely focused in reaching out to the refugees. We couldn't be more thankful and pleased to see our dear friends Francesco and Tina Iuzzolini pioneer this endeavor and carry it on day after day. If you want to keep updated with what is happening currently, I encourage you to visit their webpage.
Here are some pictures of some of our many visits.
We hosted and lead Discipleship Training Schools outreaches into the Red Light District in Los Cristianos y Playa Las Americas and a variety of other main squares ad open public spaces. We worked along side beautiful people from a variety of churches. During this time, we also began to develop our desire and longing for hiking. Volker was able to hike through iconic paths with a variety of wealthy elderly men and women in a retired stage of their lives. It was a time of reflection and evaluation of their lives. Volker walked, hiked, listened to, prayed, served these people to be inspired by the love of God and continue their lives back in Germany with a better understanding of who they are and the still current place of influence they play in our world today.
We arrived in the Canary Islands with the desire to facilitate a physical location for the vision of the Organic Lounge. God had other plans and our timing will need to wait as He called another Swiss family to begin the pioneering stage of the exact same vision. You can look for more info about them here and here. We are truly thankful to see that God is the one who speaks and brings forth those who are to run with the vision.
We arrived in the city of Amsterdam in 2007. We plugged in with Youth With A Mission. The former leader Armando Benner was about to launch a new vision called ¨The Tabernacle of the Nations¨. It was this vision what resonated with our hearts and we decided to support its pioneering phase. The Tabernacle of the Nations is a place where all the nations can come to worship and pray. A Prayer House for all Nations. It is located in the heart of the famous Red Light District. A haven of peace in the midst of perversion and sexual exploitation. People from all spheres and backgrounds could come and gather and praise in their own mother tongue. Thanks to the continual intercession and worship held in this place, the heart of the Red Light District has been transformed and many brothels had to close down their doors. Many ladies decided to step out of prostitution and receive the help to change their lives. Laws were passed to control the consumption of drugs openly. Prayer is really that powerful!, but it took time, conviction and perseverance.
There were also other ministries that reached out into the community. Our team held outreaches to the ladies on the windows, brought coffee and pursued to engage in a normal conversation that would restore their sense of dignity. Made music on the streets. Hosted events to feed the hungry during the hard winter months.