In the summer of 2017, Chad and Cherry Gfeller transitioned to Berlin, Germany to begin work with refugees. Their vision for ministry is to shine the light of the gospel to the men, women, and children of Germany's great city of refuge and their ministry focuses on using the avenue of sports to reach Syrian refugees in the city.
Chad and Cherry are natives of Greenville, SC. Chad has a background in collegiate athletics and coached men's soccer at North Greenville University for over a decade. His position at North Greenville allowed him to lead sports ministry teams locally and abroad where he had the opportunity to serve in Berlin in the summers of 2014 and 2015. Cherry worked for a law firm professionally as a paralegal after graduating from college in 2004 and ministered alongside Chad to his athletes and has been involved with the children's ministry at their local church.
With the rise of the refugee crisis in Europe, God moved the Gfellers to answer a call to work with Berlin Ministries International to coordinate outreach to refugee communities. The Gfellers use weekly sports ministry to help local churches bridge into these communities with the goal of starting Bible studies and connecting new believers with existing or new fellowships. They are working on developing an effective model that can be shared with churches around Europe to help them engage their communities with the gospel in a culturally relevant way. The Gfellers have two daughters, Quinn and Gracie. You can learn more about the Gfellers ministry by visiting their website at www.lightshinebright.org.
Way to Pray: Pray for the Gfellers church leadership as they seek to unify their body around Christ, and not let secondary issues divide them. Please pray for Chad specifically as he continues to transition into a pastoral role this year. Please also pray for the family's health. Chad faces ongoing back problems and Quinn is facing some breathing issues.