About me

Bakau, The Gambia, my second home in africa
View from the peak of the mountain Blauen to the valley of the river rhine - my native home in Germany

Sweet Home

Where do we feel at home?

There exists a big question that concerns me: how can people from different cultures live together?
“Home shapes people.
Home does not let them go.
Home means a wealth of stories.
And every time you talk about your homeland, you also reveal something about yourself. ...
What is home? Who belongs to it? What drives people to leave their homeland?
How do people who have lived in a place for a long time change when unknown people become their new neighbours?
and who actually determines what home is?"
Marc Brost und Heinrich Wefing; Zeitmagazin Nr. 41/2016 ? 19. Oktober 2016

Vision and Mission Statement

My vision and mission in symbolic pictures

Rainbow

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” (New International Version)
This rainbow from 07/13/2016 encourages me to hold on to the fact that we humans have a positive future. My actions are not determined by the fear of catastrophes or the end of the world, but the firm confidence that God means well for us humans and wants the best for us. My mission is to use my abilities to help us humans go well.

Abundance

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5 (New International Version)
This picture in its variety of colours shows in what abundance we live. What do we do with it?
It is my wish that all people can share in the abundance. The reality is not hidden from me, however, that due to shortage well over 60 million people are on the move in search of a little happiness and a safe life.
I would like to help to ensure that people do not have to leave their homes just because poverty, hardship and war prevail there. I want to help people to build a happy existence in their home country. It cannot be done quickly, but it can be planned and done.
I want to help ensure that people who come to us can return one day and work hard to build their countries.

Education

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 (New International Version)
This is one of the three universities where I was allowed to study. Today, I am allowed to help select Bachelor's students for this university. For me, this university is a symbol of the fact that all people have abilities which are developed and trained through education. I am committed to ensuring that the opportunity for education can be granted to everyone. It is important to maintain the diversity of educational opportunities and to optimise the quality of the educational offers. I encourage people to never stop learning, no matter how old they are.

Vineyard

I am surrounded by vineyards. The vineyard has many meanings for me as a Christian. Here I want to share only one memory:
Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:10 (New International Version)
The social responsibility for the poor and the stranger moves me daily. How should we shape this today? What are the appropriate solutions today? Finding and implementing answers to these questions will be one of my tasks in the coming years.

My City

This is Müllheim, my city where I live, live and work. I am filled with gratitude when I look at this city, with the Black Forest in the background.
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremia 29:7 (New International Version)

My Country

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12 (New International Version)
Whenever I see this picture, whenever I stand in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, then a lot of feelings flood me.
The story of my father comes to life immediately, who in 1934, when he was five years old, visited his brother in Berlin, who was more than 20 years older, swarming about Berlin as the beautiful capital of Germany until the end of his life.
I immediately remember a photo that shows my uncle living in Berlin as an entrepreneur, who drove through Berlin displaying his products on a truck in honor of Hitler with his advertising, believing he was doing the best for his fatherland.
I immediately remember my first visit as a student in West Berlin, when I looked stunned with disbelief at the Reichstag building, the Brandenburg Gate and the Wall, and then a few days later smuggling christian literature into the Eastern Bloc, delivering them secretly and unobserved to special addresses.
I immediately remember the spring of 1990 to October 1990, when I was deployed several times by my company for the development of East Berlin, Nauen, Neuruppin, Oranienburg, Potsdam and the Berlin area.
I immediately remember my Berlin marathons, where I was allowed to run through this city.
The feelings of gratitude predominate that I was born in Germany. Grateful that I had parents who made it possible for me to get the best education that one can get in this country. Gratitude that we can live in a reunited country in peace and freedom.

Tabernacle Of Peace

Our Nations

"Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles." Zechariah 14:16 (New International Version)
It is my great dream that one day all nations will live together in peace.
So I have a special print by Ilana Raviv hanging in my office, which reminds me every day to do a lot to ensure that these words can become reality.

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