Jose and Melanie Chinchilla

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Chinchilla Chronicles

SUMMER 2017

Project Cherry Tree is in full swing!

It's been a full season of ministry, forming new friendships among Spanish speakers and Germans in Berlin.

What is Project Cherry Tree? Project Cherry Tree is an an Alliance initiative to develop a Network of Intercultural Churches in the Spanish and German languages. Berlin is an intercultural city that has become home to thousands people (including immigrants and refugees) who do not know Jesus as their Savior.

Our strategy is to establish a Church-based Center for Bible Teaching and training in Evangelism, Discipleship and Leadership Development. As people come to know Jesus through evangelism and discipleship, it is our aim to develop and train leaders for future church plants.

Why Cherry Trees? Cherry Trees symbolize reconciliation and unity in Berlin. Motivated by the end of a divided Germany (the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989) and as an expression of friendship between Japan and Germany, a group of Japanese launched a campaign to raise funds in Japan for a special project in Berlin. The money collected (around 1 million EUROS) was used to plant approximately 9,000 Japanese Cherry Trees in Berlin-Brandenburg from 1990 to 2010. The future of the Cherry Trees is now in the hands of Germans, who are charged with the responsibility to care for them even as they beautify the city and change the landscape.

As we understand more of German culture and reflect on the spiritual atmosphere in the capital city, we believe God is calling us to plant seeds of reconciliation and unity between Him and the not-yet-Christian in Berlin. Berlin is a city where atheism and separation from God abounds. Project Cherry Tree responds to the gospel needs of thousands of Spanish and German speakers in Berlin that do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus. We invite you to partner with us in Project Cherry Tree! The initial goal for this project is $50,000.

Please prayerfully consider what God would have you give to Project Cherry Tree in Berlin. Your donation is the 'seed money' for this project.

You can give online here: https://secure.cmalliance.org/give/ then type Project Cherry Tree in the designation box. All donations are tax-deductible.

You can also mail checks with Project Cherry Tree-Berlin in the memo to:
The Christian and Missionary Alliance
8595 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs CO 80920

WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR YOU!! FOR YOUR SUPPORT, FOR YOUR PRAYERS, AND FOR BEING PART OF BUILDING THE KINGDOM IN BERLIN.

Many blessings!

With much love from Berlin,

José and Melanie

Josiah and Ian

To give to our support, which is our bread and butter, daily living expenses, you can give to the GCF: Jose and Melanie Chinchilla Support.

To give to PROJECT CHERRY TREE, you can give to Jose and Melanie Chinchilla Work or designate PROJECT CHERRY TREE BERLIN on your gift.

To commit to pray for us daily over the next year, send us an email and we will gladly add you to our team of Prayer Partners.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Please be praying and praising this week for the following:

Updated: August 16, 2017

Children's Names
Josiah
Ian
Status
Field Assignment

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