As missionaries, we are privileged to labor in a land with such a rich history. It was here that religious freedom awakened during the Reformation with the invention of movable type and the printing press. This made it possible for every man and woman to read the written word  of God in their own language, which eventually led a farm boy in upstate New York to seek further light and knowledge from God Himself. Here is also where the slaughter of the Thirty Years War between Catholics and Protestants took so many lives in the 16th-and 17th-centuries. In fact, in Friedrichsdorf, the site of the Frankfurt Temple, was where the Landgrave Friedrich II provided land for hundreds of Huguenot refugees from Champagne, the Isle of France, and Languedoc in France, who in 1687 arrived in the country and put under his protection. Today, other “refugees” from the other side of the veil are offered their salvation here (and hundreds of modern-day living refugees from war-torn areas are today enjoying protection here, too.). 

The Frankfurt Germany mission comprises several states, or Bundesländer, in the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland). The mission headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main, in the state of Hessen. South and west of the Rhine (Rhein) are the states of Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland; to the south are the federal states of Baden-Württemberg and the northern part of Bavaria (Bayern– an area historically called “Franken”). In the north, the mission also encompasses Nord-Rhein-Westfalen and a corner of Thüringen.

The key cities in the Germany Frankfurt Mission are often found along the rivers of the Rhine, the Main, the Mosel, the Saar and the Ruhr. In the north, they include Dortmund, Essen, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal and Cologne (Köln); along the borders with Belgium, Luxembourg and France, you’ll find Aachen, Trier and Saarbrücken; at the juncture of the Rhine and Main rivers are Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Mainz. Where the Mosel meets the Rhine is Koblenz. Farther south along the Rhine are Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Karlsruhe, Worms and Speyer (the last two played a big role in Luther’s protest against the Catholic Church). And in the south and east parts of the mission, in the traditional area known as Franken and today part of Bayern (Bavaria) are the historic cities of Würzburg, Bamberg and Nürnberg. Heidelberg lies on the Neckar and was where Mark Twain spent a year when he wrote the amusing essay, “The Awful German Language.” And south of Frankfurt are the cities of Kaiserslautern, Ramstein, Bitburg and Grafenwöhr (all key sites of American military installations) as well as Darmstadt, the site of the first branch of the church in continental Europe in the 19th-century and today home of the European Space Agency. 

And we love being here and working in the seven stakes and dozens of wards and branches of the Germany Frankfurt Mission!