The Baublets' Story
Luke and Amanda are serving with Greater Europe Mission (GEM) in Berlin, Germany. With their daughter, Lucy, they're living intentionally in the most diverse area of the city with people from all over the world.
Their goal is to help others learn how to connect with God and follow Jesus through building simple discipleship networks led by local people, and their hope is that the international connections in their community will help see the gospel spread from Berlin through the rest of Europe and beyond.
Berlin is a major metropolitan city and is the capital of Germany. It is the second most populous city in Europe with upwards of 3.6 million documented residents.
Germany's history has greatly influenced its religious landscape. Berlin is located within what was once separated as East Germany, which is still one of the least religious regions in the world. Thus, Berlin is often referred to as "the atheist capital of Europe." It is estimated that approximately 1% of the city's population have a personal faith in Jesus.
Over one million people living in the area have foreign backgrounds originating from over 180 different countries. With the high rates of refugees arriving from the Middle East and parts of Africa, as well as people from around the world immigrating for other reasons, the multicultural landscape of Berlin continues to diversify. This, and Germany's prominent standing in world affairs, makes Berlin a strategic place of global influence.