Germany – Aaron and Anne Bowes
|Germany||Bowes, Aaron and Anne||Church Planting - Outreach dinners, Literature cost, Course material|
|Feeding Hungry - Food Bank, Food Programs|
|Poor and Needy - Clothing and Care|
Aaron grew up on Manitoulin Island, Ontario and was saved at age 21 at a rescue mission in Key West, Florida. He then went to Cedarville College in Cedarville, Ohio, and graduated with a B.A. in Theology in 1985.
Anne grew up in West Germany in a Christian family and was saved as a teenager. After graduating from a German university with a degree in foreign languages she went to Cedarville College to take a one-year Bible course and to join Evangelical Baptist Missions. She went to Germany to work with an international church-planting team in October 1985.
Aaron and Anne met at Cedarville and were engaged in 1986 in Germany, where Aaron saw the need for missionaries. They were married in 1987 and after Aaron joined EBM also they returned to Germany in December 1988 to work as missionary church planters. They have four grown-up children.
Germany, the country of the Reformation, is now a true mission field. Church affiliation is mostly on paper (29% Lutheran, 30% Catholic, 33% without church affiliation, 5% Muslim) and the number of people without church affiliation is even higher in formerly Communist East Germany and in Berlin (63%), where we are working. Less than 2% are evangelical Christians and there is a need for evangelism and church planting.
After helping to plant a church in Augsburg (Bavaria) until 1997 and pastoring a small missions church in a West Berlin district until 2003 we started our present church-planting ministry in the summer of 2003 in Berlin-Koepenick (one of the formerly Communist districts in the south-east of the city). We are renting rooms in a former Lutheran fellowship building and in 2011 we merged with another small independent church in our area. This strengthened our ministry and the church is on its way to becoming self-supporting. We are reaching out to our neighborhood by being involved in the local food bank in a chaplain’s ministry, a community dinner in our church, youth and children’s ministries and evangelistic community services.