LUP040 – Germany’s Christian Education Battle: Reinhard Mutzke

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll hear in Episode 40:

  • Update – Pressing pause on the podcast again.
  • Encouragement – Story of a German-born aircraft engineer who left the U.S. to bring Christian education to Germany.
  • Tech. Tip – A computer backup solution that sounds almost as if it was designed for missionaries.

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Update

  • Finished survey
    • Shipped drawing prizes last week (still haven’t received shipping addresses for a few)
    • Started analyzing results; may end up hiring some of the repetitious work of turning numbers into charts – as soon as I can describe the work clearly enough.
  • Last time, mentioned a “church communications project.”
    • Pastor is retiring; search committee identified candidate to follow him
    • Produced candidate profile booklet and introduction video
    • Now, a couple of other church projects will take my time
      • Rebuild website
        • Member photo directory – automatically updated from ChMS
        • Member login synchronized with ChMS
        • Use technology closer to that used by Edify Hub for missionary websites
      • Christmas program with practices outside of church time.
  • What’s that mean for Edify Hub?
    • Support for missionary websites and progress on Deputation Survey report are top priority
    • Long-term pause on Lift Up podcast
    • I hope the pause is temporary
      • I enjoy recording every episode.
      • I love the opportunity to share encouragement with Christians in gospel ministry
      • I love hearing how people use the tech. tips
  • Today’s guest has an inspiring story of how God overcame national political resistance to his ministry.
  • I haven’t been able to give the attention I want to consistently gathering inspiring stories like that, and I don’t see that changing in the near future.
  • I want to return to the podcast again some day. In the mean time, there are a number of other projects that need some attention.

Encouragement

Reinhard Mutzke

Our guest today was born in communist East Germany, where his believing family lived under constant threat – a threat that turned painfully real for his father.

When I was in Germany about a month ago, I sat down with missionary Reinhard Mutzke in the upstairs office of his church and school in Heidelberg to record his story.

Keep listening to hear how he came to America to apply his trade in aircraft engineering, and how God led him to return as a missionary to introduce Christian education in his home country of Germany.

I like the reminder from Brother Mutzke. God says, “I will guide thee with mine eye.” In order to see someone’s eyes, you have to be very close.

I also noticed that he understood that there was a proper order for him to follow. His passion was to build a Christian school, but he also recognized the need for there to be a Scriptural church to serve as the foundation for that school. He didn’t skip the hard work and go right to the passion. No, he took the time to plant the church that was missing so that the school – which would come later – would have a good Biblical anchor.

What about you? What’s the mission that excites your passion? OK, how about a harder question…  What’s the hard work that has to get done first? Is that where you find yourself now? It’s where I find myself. There are a huge number of things I’m super excited about doing – patterns I want to present, tools I want to build. But for now, there’s work involved that has to come first. As I mentioned earlier, some of that is in heads-down analysis of data, and some of that is in playing the role God has given me in my local church.

Maybe you’re in the middle of deputation, knowing that this is the work that needs to be done in order to lay a solid financial foundation for the field ministry that really excites you. Maybe you’re already on the field working now to assemble a body of believers so that later you can disciple a new generation of believers and church planters.

And even when we are in the middle of the work that we love, there’s always “less fun” work that we have to do in order to keep things moving forward for the future.

I’ve mentioned it before, but Galatians 6:9 is a great reminder. “…let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Brother Mutzke has a growing Christian school and a solid, Biblical church in Germany, now with a national German pastor.

I hope I’ll have the strength to stay faithful in the preparatory work that I have ahead of me, and I trust that you will, too.

Tech. Tip

OK. I lost it. Well – I mean I didn’t “lose it” – my temper. Though I almost did. I had spent hours figuring out the scripting to get Excel to do the random drawing for the prizes. Then the next day, I loaded up Excel and something weird happened. I’m not sure what, but all of the scripting was gone. I lost it. I was going to have to start over.

Or was I?

Fortunately, I had a backup of my Excel file that was taken overnight while I slept. I restored from the backup, and there was the random drawing script just like I left it.

At my day job, though, things were a different story.

There, my computer suddenly stopped working, the screen wouldn’t even light up. Instead of an automatic backup, I had a system where I had to manually trigger the backup every time I wanted it to run. The last time I had remembered to do that was two months ago. Fortunately, most of my work activity is cloud based, so I didn’t lose any of that work, but there were a few files that I did lose work on.

Now, I’ve since gotten my laptop back from Apple repair, and all of my files were still intact when it came back.

I was blessed and quite relieved. But not everyone has the same experience. I know of one missionary who recently lost months worth of ministry-related work when the hard drive died in his computer. Even a professional data restoration company couldn’t get his data back for him.

Backing up our computers is one of those things that we know we should do. But it’s also one of those things that is often hard to set up. And even when we do get a system in place, it’s easy to let it slip so we get behind.

Well, today, I want to recommend a solution addresses both of those problems. If I didn’t know better, I would almost think it was designed for missionaries. I’ll explain why later.

To set it up and try it out for free for 15 days takes three steps.

  1. Create a Backblaze account online.
  2. Download the Backblaze software.
  3. Install the Backblaze software.

Once you decide you really do want to keep your data backed up, you’ll pay $50 per year to back up your computer.

When you install the software, it’s already tied to your Backblaze account, and it automatically knows what’s important to back up, and it starts backing up immediately. Now, you can change what it backs up if you need to. If your internet provider has a cap on how much data you can transfer, you can configure it to back up more slowly, or to not back up files that are big and unimportant. But for the most part, the decisions it makes at the start are really good decisions on what to back up.

Then, when your initial backup is complete, it watches for changes to your files and backs them up automatically. If you lose a file or mess one up like I did, you can go back as far as 30 days to download an older version of the file.

And here’s the part where I say that it seems designed for missionaries.

Suppose you lose your whole computer. With a limited internet connection, it can take forever to download all of your files again after you finally replace your computer. Well, Backblaze has a pretty compelling solution to that problem. When you want to recover everything, you can buy from Backblaze a 128GB thumb drive for $99 or a 4TB USB drive for $198. They will load your files onto the drive and ship it to you – for free – anywhere in the world that FedEx delivers. After you’ve copied your files onto your new computer, you can choose to ship the drive back to them, and they will refund your full purchase price – making the recovery essentially free, except for the return shipping.

For my Edify Hub computer, I’m using a different online backup service that costs more and is more complicated to set up, but it gives me some more technical options that are important for business. For our main home computer, though, we’re using Backblaze.

Now, you’re going to get home and wonder – what was that software Steve mentioned? Something like Backfire? No that’s not it.

Here – I’ll make it easy for you. If you go to liftuppodcast.com/backup, I’ll automatically take you to the signup page for Backblaze’s 15-day free trial. And Edify Hub will get a bit of credit for bringing you there. If enough people sign up through liftuppodcast.com/backup, Edify Hub could earn a bit of commission. It won’t cost you any more, so if you do decide to give Backblaze a try, remember liftuppodcast.com/backup. Should I say liftuppodcast.com/backup one more time? No, I think you’ll remember.

And don’t be stuck like my missionary friend was, or like I almost was – losing months worth of work because your backup solution got behind.

Consider this solution that makes backups simple, cheap, and automatic.

Closing

Today, you heard a simple way to protect your important ministry information in case something happens to your computer like it did to me and my missionary friend. You also heard Reinhard Mutzke’s story of passion and persistence in bringing Christian education to Germany.

And as I mentioned, this will be the last Lift Up podcast episode for a while as I spend some time heads-down in a number of projects.

Take Action

If this podcast has been a help or encouragement to you, I’d love to hear about it. What part means the most to you? Is it the stories? the technical tips? the Edify Hub projects? What ideas do you have to make it even better when I re-launch? I’d love to hear your thoughts. You can contact me on twitter (I’m @SteveDwire) or on Facebook, or just email steve@edifyhub.com.  When you do, you can follow Hebrews 12:12 and lift up someone today.

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