Rich has been involved in evangelism and discipleship for 50 years with Operation Mobilization, Global Partners, ISI, etc. and has lived on 4 continents and traveled to 50 countries in sharing his faith. While pastoring a small town Nebraska church as a single young man, he saw the spiritual needs of international students at a nearby state university, realized that this was also part of missions and began ministering to them. Later while married in grad school in Iowa, he established a church based ISM that has continued for over 40 years.
He and his family have lived and served in southern Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe where he taught, pastored and planted churches.
30 years ago, he also established ISM in Kiel, capitol of Germany’s northern most state and a port city on the Baltic Sea.
We returned to Germany 6 years ago, to Hamburg, Germany’s 2nd largest city and Europe’s 3rd largest port, a secular international city of commerce, education and trade desperately in need of the Gospel. Some of the 9/11 terrorists had studied here and no one was reaching these international students at the time. We started weekly meetings and Discovery Bible studies 5 years ago and then expanded to multiple locations.
Our goal is to partner with believers in sharing Christ’s love with the approximately 10,000 international students on 20+ campuses in the Hamburg, Germany area. We value the prayers, insights and participation of others in helping to finish the task of reaching this generation of future world shakers and movers.