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Eight months in, can we stay here in Germany past the first year?
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Hello friends!
 
It’s that time of year again! Every season we send you a video update on how we’re doing. This time it is a bit different. As you remember, last year God moved on many of your hearts to take a “bite” of the funds needed to get us to Germany. You should also remember that GEM let us come here on a short-termer’s budget, which was significantly less than normally needed for long-term missions in Germany.
 
We’ve been praying for God’s guidance and direction on our next steps. We’re convinced and confirmed in the belief that we are supposed to be here. God is moving and we’re meant be part of it! As for the remaining finances, we and many others have been praying about our next steps.
 
We’ve been encouraged to ask you to please consider taking another $25 bite of the funds we need. Whether you’re already supporting us or have been considering joining us in this mission, please seriously consider taking a biteThis time we need 72 more bites.
 
On top of our increased monthly needs, we have upcoming expenses totaling about $11,000. This amount includes things like language school for Jeff (Carrie went last fall and now it's Jeff’s turn) and additional setup costs that were skipped last year. Please consider giving a special gift to help cover these costs.
 
In the next nine weeks, we’ll be sending you a new video email each week highlighting a different ministry that God has put at our feet.
 
Subjects for Upcoming Weeks
Carrie’s work at the refugee center
Review of eDOT apps and other eDOT projects
Wir lernen Deutsch (We're learning German)
Jeff’s helping Germans practice their English
The Kid's school, Black Forest Academy
Our church (G5 Meine Kirche in Eimeldingen)
Carrie is in a CBSi Bible Study
...and more!
So stay tuned!
 
Thank you so much for considering all of this! We so appreciate you! We look forward to the next several weeks as we get to show you all the wonderful things God is doing. Sometimes it is good for us to be reminded as well!
 
See you next week with an update about Carrie’s work at the refugee center!
 
Jeff & Carrie Gage
To give online, visit: www.bit.ly/famgage
Transitioning from
Short-Term to Long-Term Budget
To stay here, we need people to take seventy-two $25 bites in the next ten weeks. One bite has already been taken!

The Basics of Dining Out in Germany

 

Finding a Seat

Upon entering an Austrian, German, or Swiss dining establishment, do not wait to be seated. It could be a long wait. Diners are expected to find their own tables. Sometimes a food server may deign to suggest a table, but these employees are usually too busy ignoring the people who are already seated. If you see a sign (in German, of course) that says “Please wait to be seated,” you have chosen an exclusive and probably expensive spot in which to dine. Most of the time, you just find your own seat.
 

The Kindness of Strangers

The German custom of sitting with perfect (or imperfect) strangers is actually very practical. The first time it happens can be a little unnerving for non-Europeans, but after a while, it makes a lot of sense. Europeans think it a waste to let seats stay empty in a crowded restaurant just because you don’t know the people sitting at the table. Once seated with strangers, you usually politely ignore each other. Sometimes the Germans may want to try out their English on you, but an American is no rarity in Germany.
 

No Free Lunch (Rolls)

Like most Americans, the Germans also believe there is no free lunch—or at least no free bread rolls. Feel free to partake, but the rolls aren’t free. Nor is the butter; each pad is carefully counted. But before you show your American indignation, remember—there is no free lunch. Or dinner. In the States, the rolls and butter are included in the price of your meal. Because it’s “free,” you gobble up some rolls you may or may not really want. Europeans are more honest about it. You pay for what you consume. You really have to be hungry to eat rolls you know you’re going to pay for.
 

Tipping

In German restaurants the tip (Bedienung, 15 percent) is already included in the bill, so don’t over tip by adding another 10-15 percent. You don’t leave the tip on the table as in the United States, but usually round up the bill to the nearest euro when you pay the waiter. If the service was very good or the bill is large, you should also add a small amount (5-7 percent) as an extra tip.
 
by Hyde Flippo from When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do, ©2002
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