Brett and Heather Seybould, missionaries to Germany, stopped by to say "Hallo" to children at First Christian Church's Vacation Bible School.
The Seyboulds are youth and children's leaders at Christusgemeinde, a church in Peine, Germany. They have been sent there by FCC, where Heather's father, Greg Comp, is the pastor. The church is their biggest supporter, but they receive money from other churches across the U.S. to fund their mission.
The couple stopped in Brazil while on a furlough they have taken in order to raise money for a car. The Seyboulds have been surviving without a car by taking advantage of public transportation, but this restricts their ministries because they can't pick up children for activities or travel to other cities. The car they have for use in the U.S. would cost too much to convert to German highway standards.
Brett admits that he has dragged Heather along on this missionary venture. He met a missionary from Columbia during his freshman year of college who told him that English-speaking missionaries were in great need.
"At least 90 percent of equipped Christian teachers are in English-speaking countries. That's what inspired me to work in Germany," Brett said.
He had studied German in high school and was involved in a German travel club. All came in handy when he did a seven-month internship in Germany through Cincinnati Bible College. He met Heather after the internship and took her on a trip to Germany with other friends to show her what life could be like. They were married a year later.
They have spent the last 2 1/2 years trying to make Christusgemeinde, which has been around for 9 1/2 years, more like FCC. FCC funds their work because Christusgemeinde cannot afford to employ the Seyboulds.
"Growing up at First Christian Church made me value the family aspect of church that I find is missing in Germany," Heather said.
She and Brett shared tales from Germany with about 200 children daily at FCC's VBS.
Christusgemeinde is an old farmhouse in the middle of a building project in an attempt to turn the hayloft into a meeting room. The congregation consists of only 25 people, but space is still a problem. Brett and Heather joke that the youth now meets where the pigs used to stay and soon they'll be where the hay was. After the building project they have planned, they will be able to fit 100 into the building.
The couple will be back in Brazil from Aug. 6-12 and again at the end of October. They love their work and are always willing to talk to groups about what they do.
Anyone interested in helping to the Seyboulds can send donations to First Christian Church, 1875 U.S. 40 West, Brazil, IN 47834, in care of the German Evangelism Ministry. The couple may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org Bis bald! (Good-bye)