Crabb Missionaries - Germany
Richard and Deborah have completed their first term as missionaries in Germany. Their goals have been to reach Germany for Jesus Christ, to strengthen the existing Body of Christ, and to encourage new churches to be planted. During this term they concentrated on learning the German language so they can more effectively minister to the people. They are currently in the States for itineration.
Prior to missionary appointment, Richard and Deborah served as pastors in Texas, Missouri and Illinois for a total of more than 15 years. Richard and Deborah also served as full-time evangelists for one year before missions appointment.
Currently they are involved in a church plant in the Munich area to Bavarian people. The population around the church plant is approximately 33,000. There are around 120,000 people in the county. The original home-cell group has recently become an "official" church. In March of 2005 they rented rooms in a former furniture store and these rooms have been renovated for Sunday School, Sunday worship services, a special prayer hour, and youth and children's ministries. They now meet regularly every Sunday.
The gospel is spreading and lives are being changed by the power of God. Only 1-3% of the population in the state of Bavaria are born-again Christians. Any church outside of the two official state churches are considered suspect and a sect. Pentecostals in most of Germany are considered a cult. The Crabbs are using outreach programs and new evangelism outreaches to spread the gospel in this spiritually dark nation.