Being at IBCD has broadened my worldview tremendously. I am very aware that my experience as a Christian, even though I have spent several years in other countries, is still essentially a western experience and more specifically an American experience. This means I have not experienced persecution for my faith, nor have I ever felt a shred of fear or anxiety in being identified as a Christian. However, persecution is real. People do horrible things. It happens today – just read the news!  Just because it doesn’t happen to us right here in Germany does not mean it is not happening.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

— Matthew 5:10

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