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April 27, 2012

Missionaries to Germany to lead seminar on God’s gift of love

GOSHEN — Harvest Community Church will be hosting the “Father Heart of God” seminar about God’s greatest gift, unconditional and unwavering love. The seminar, set for May 11-12, will be facilitated by long-term missionaries to Germany, Del and Jeannie Penner.  

Harvest officials stated in a press release, “Del and Jeannie have a passion to see people’s lives transformed as they experience the Father’s love. For many Christians, the idea of God as a Heavenly Father is rather distant and impersonal.  The feeling of a warm personal relationship as an individual son or daughter is still lacking for many reasons. Some people’s faulty relationships with their earthly fathers can distort the true image of fatherhood.

“For others God may seem more like a merciless judge than a loving Father. Or personal misfortune may be difficult to reconcile with an all-powerful loving God. At the “Father Heart of God” seminar, the Penners hope to help participants discover God’s true heart and his unconditional love.  

The Penners led a German congregation in Idar-Oberstein for more than 25 years before turning over pastoral responsibilities to local leaders this past year. They now are involved in three areas in Idar-Oberstein: kingdom ambassadors to their city, a pastor to pastors in their state and a resource to churches in Germany and beyond.

The Penners raised four children who are now living around the world.

The “Father Heart of God” seminar is open to the community and takes place May 11-12. The Friday’ session will be from 7 to 9 p.m., while Saturday’s session will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend the seminar, and lunch will be available on Saturday for $5. An offering will be taken to cover expenses.

For additional information on the seminar, visit www.hccgoshen.org or call 534-3528.

Harvest Community Church is located at 17285 C.R. 34 in Goshen (one-quarter mile east of the fairgrounds).

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