Germany: You Should Know These Facts

This month, you'll lead your group in learning about the Dietz family and the gospel work happening in Germany. Exploring many facets of German history and culture will help your group understand the situations and challenges the Dietz family faces every day. Throughout your curriculum, you will learn about:

  • the Berlin Wall,
  • the Leipzig train station (the largest train station in the world),
  • autobahns, or highways, which do not have speed limits,
  • the tech-savvy culture of Germany,
  • and the world's largest science and technology museum.

To dive deeper into understanding the culture and people of Germany, here are some additional fun facts you can share with your group:

  • Germany has the largest population in the European Union.
  • The Gutenberg Bible was printed in Germany. Today, Germany is one of the world's leading book publishers.
  • Germany is one of the leading countries in car production.
  • College education is free in Germany — even to international students in most German states.
  • The tradition of the Christmas tree originated in Germany.
  • Germany is home to around 15,000 castles that are either preserved or surviving as ruins.
  • Many classical musicians and composers — including Bach, Beethoven, Handel, and R. Strauss — were German.

As these facts suggest, Germany is wealthy, prosperous, and on the cutting edge of many modern technological developments. With their material successes, Germans have largely turned away from any acknowledgement of God. This month is a great opportunity to emphasize the difference between material and spiritual wealth. Despite Germany's material wealth, a large number of people are still living in spiritual poverty without Jesus.

Atheism is widespread across Germany. Even though Germans are on the forefront of technology and innovation, their ideas and understanding of Jesus is outdated. Germany is in desperate need of church planters like the Dietz Family.

 

Emily Clark is a senior at Samford University and recently served as an intern with national WMU's editorial production hub. She enjoys traveling with friends and family and exploring restaurants and coffee shops.

 

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