By Celeste Groomer
40 YEARS OF GOD’S FAITHFULNESS
June 12-14, 2015, the 40th anniversary of Glaubenszentrum was held under the theme “Meeting— Remembering—Networking.” More than 600 alumni, staff members and guests from other nations celebrated, describing the various ways that God’s kindness and faithfulness have been seen on its campus.
God’s Heart For Germany
More than 43 years ago, God delivered Bob Humburg from alcohol and gambling, and set him and his wife, Emma, on a new course. They left New York City to attend Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, and while at CFNI they received a call from God to begin ministry. Their daughters, Kay and Lynn, and a friend had also attended CFNI, and upon graduation they traveled to Germany. God had stirred these girls’ hearts for Germany, and they prayed for revival to come to that land.
After much prayer and intercession, Kay and Lynn called Bob and encouraged him and Emma to travel to Germany and begin a Bible school. They felt the girls’ request resonate within their spirits, and they answered the call to impact and influence the next generation of Germans. It was from this humble beginning that Glaubenszentrum became one of CFNI’s associated Bible schools.
Glaubenszentrum (CFNI Germany)
Glaubenszentrum has been located in a couple of different places. The current location has had the greatest impact on the school’s worship and prayer ministries. The buildings and property that house Glaubenszentrum were built by Adolph Hitler and were formerly used to train Nazi officers. Because Hitler chose a high hill in the city of Bad Gandersheim, Germany, to build his army barracks, there was a dark spiritual oppression over the region.
Glaubenszentrum took over the former Nazi training camp and began to lift extraordinary praises to God, as well as do battle in intercession for the region. This led to a shift in the atmosphere for righteousness. Now, Glaubenszentrum brings hundreds of people in for Bible conferences and exceptional nights of worship to the Lord. What the enemy meant for evil, God has arrested and turned for His glory!
In Only 40 Years
As the school celebrates an amazing 40 years since its formation, Glaubenszentrum is becoming stronger. It has schools in discipleship training, church ministry, worship and missions. The graduates have gone on to impact many nations with the Gospel. Glaubenszentrum continues to influence their region, the nation and the world.They train and equip the youth of Germany, as the school stands as a city on a hill, letting its light shine.
Dr. Dennis Lindsay, President of Christ For The Nations, Dallas, Texas, spoke at the 40th anniversary celebration, bringing congratulations and support from CFNI in Dallas. The event was filled with thankfulness towards God and awareness that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone and foundation of Glaubenszentrum.
A LIFE WELL-LIVED
Christ For The Nations lost a friend, missionary and pioneer on May 6, 2015. Dave Brunk passed away after a 10-year battle with cancer, leaving behind his wife and partner in ministry, Janis Brunk, and his four children — daughters Jennifer and Angeline and sons Joel and Joshua.
Dave and Janis attended CFNI together, graduating in 1991. They then moved to Belarus to find out how to meet the needs they saw there. In 1994, they opened Christ For The Nations Belarus (CFNB), which is now the largest Bible school in the country. They launched annual praise and worship symposiums that gathered thousands of worshippers from Russian-speaking countries and set up a professional recording studio so they could produce contemporary worship music.
They also committed to help meet physical needs by partnering with overseas humanitarian organizations and local governments. The Brunk’s investment in Belarus continues as CFNB still trains worldchangers despite their being driven out of the country in 2008 by threats of arrest from the KGB. Many consider CFNB the first step toward having a Christian University in the former Soviet Union. The impact Dave has had there is incalculable.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe