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We are brothers, Cris and Philip, and passionate about one thing: Seeing how the kingdom of heaven breaks into our lives, our cities and our world. That's why we both started planting churches in Mainz and in Frankfurt, Germany.
We meet in pubs, movie theatres and opened our own coffee shop. We don’t just want to preach the Word but also live it. That's why we minister among homeless people, organize parties at refugee camps and go visit elderly in the hospital. We believe God wants to transform this world into the world it ought to be.
Recently, we read a quote by Desmond Tutu. He was visiting the Church of Sant'Egidio in Rome, where laypeople devote their lives to working for the poor. There he saw an old crucifix that portrays Jesus without arms. When he asked about its importance to the community, he was told that it shows how God relies on us to do God's work in the world.
Desmond then writes: "Without us, God has no eyes; without us, God has no ears; without us, God has no arms and hands. God relies on us."
As soon as we read this, we thought:
"This is what we believe in: The crippled Jesus! We believe in Jesus who was crucified for the sins of the world but at the same time is dependent upon the church. We are now his hands and his feet. We are to extend the love of God to our world."
One of our team members, Chris Wintersohl, is a designer and smith. He went to his drawing board and designed: the crippledJesus. From that sketch, he created a metal model which we then took to our local handicapped workshop.
This is a workshop where handicapped people are given a chance to work and to earn some money with their own hands. They now help us produce and ship the crippledJesus necklace around the world.
Wearing the crippledJesus reminds us that Jesus died for us. It encourages us to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world. And at times it becomes a tool that we use in conversations with our non-Christian friends.
Our hope and dream is that we all experience and live out the crippledJesus.
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