Mission Tour to Europe — 2009
The Highländlers will be taking a mission team into Europe this summer, prompted by the persecution of American missionary families and German Christians who will not yield their children to the strong indoctrination of the state. Missionary families are being forced to withdraw from Germany, parents are being imprisoned and heavily fined, children forcefully taken from their homes, and families are being compelled to seek political asylum in other countries (including the United States).
Resolutions and endorsements, from both our Georgia state government as well as the United States Federal government, are being prepared to be hand-delivered to the German state and federal officials. We are very honored to have the personal attention and counsel of the leading attorneys who deal with these legal issues in Germany. They are deeply committed Christians who are strongly encouraging us that our efforts are making an impact in this situation, and that they are directed at the heart of the matter. We share the belief that our work will have a positive effect in bringing real help to our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ, and foster the fundamental freedoms within these nations that are at risk of losing them.
Our mission team will be meeting with hundreds of German students and with the directors of Christian schools. We will be discussing practical ways to make it possible for Christians to educate their children according to their conscience, through umbrella schools and other alternatives.
We will also be meeting with home educators in various settings, including speaking and performing at a home education conference in The Netherlands.
Our mission team is comprised of an experienced semi-professional group of folk dancers, keeping alive the history and culture of the Bavarian and Scottish traditions. Throughout history, public speaking and performance have proven to be powerful means of swaying public opinion – a key that opens doors for the sharing of faith, obedience, and responsibility to God. We are scheduled to perform at several unique and historic events.
Our mission team of 9 people will be traveling for 5 1/2 weeks. Our estimated costs are $60,000. Will you add your financial support with a donation to enable this mission to go forth? We are reaching out to a very expensive part of the world, and still have a significant portion of these expenses remaining to cover the cost of this outreach.
On behalf of our mission team, those assisting us with our preparations, and the people to whom we go to share God's love, we thank you.
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." — Gal. 6:9-10
Anneliesa, Devon, Francis, Stefan, Jacob, Tina, Nicole, Christiana.
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I find the idea of this trip very inspiring and very honourable and I know how long the Highländlers have been planning this tour.
I firmly believe that all efforts to change the status quo in Germany deserve our support as each will come from a different angle and will take another chip out of the wall.
This being an 'international' touring group, and American at that, does give it kudos with the Germany powers that be (for an example of the symbiotic relationship:a couple of German mayors are presently trying to lobby the American government not to close 2 of its bases there).
Please do consider donating if you are able, or leave an encouragement in the comments here that I will pass on. Each one of us can make a difference.
I only wish I was touring with them too, and getting to meet the courageous people, face-to-face, that I have had the privilege of corresponding with through this blog.
For those new to the situation in Germany: home educating is (perceived as) illegal.
The common citation for forced school attendance is to protect against parallel societies.
Educating Germany discusses arguments for (and against) legalising home education in Germany.
We report on human rights violations; provide translations of media articles, interviews, court hearings and personal stories into English; and suggest practical ways people, internationally, can lobby for change and support those who long for freedom of education.