• Bridgebuilders

  • Internships – Gapyear volunteers
  • Join the Karavaan
  • Game Without Walls 2020
  • Heritage Hunt
  • Building bridges across Europe

  • Internships – Gapyear volunteers

  • Join the Karavaan

  • Game Without Walls 2020

  • Heritage Hunt

  • Atlantic Bridge stands for building bridges of friendship and faith, and breaking down walls between youth from different cultural, denominational and ethnic backgrounds.

    Read more
    Read more
  • The VIERSLAG, center for Bridgebuilding

    Events, meetings and activities

    Read more
  • Our volunteer and internship program is a ten/twelve month training internship that starts in September, 2017 and ends in August, 2018. It is a key part of the Bridgebuilders Training School that equips young people and young adults for the challenges of cross cultural communication and for the many bridges that need to be built in our world today.

    Read more
Tuesday, 01 August 2017

The Journey to Dresden continues

written by John Oostdyk

What happened in Dresden?

The Journey to Dresden continues
DRESDEN....THE CITY OF RECONCILIATION! Much happened here for this city to be called by this name!

On October 9, 1989 many people gathered for prayer in the churches guarded by German soldiers. Alexander Neufeld explains what happened...

Two church youth leaders approached the police saying; we are afraid, and you are afraid. let's talk. Talking to each other was never an option, but this time it happened. It became the beginning of breaking down of the wall between East and West Germany.

Dresden is a city where many walls came down, really and figuratively. This city known today as the City of Reconciliation is also called the city of innocense. Dresden is in a valley and often the radio waves did not reach people. Sometimes they did not know what was happening in the world.

This city of innocense was bombed at the end of the WWII on February 13. In a few days 16000 people died, most of them refugees who had come to Dresden because it was safe there. But all the anti-air defenses had gone to protect Berlin.

The Liebfrauen Church in the center was completely destroyed, not by bombs, but by the heat of the sulfuric type bombs that melted the walls made of sandstone. But this church has been rebuild brick by brick from the original bricks.

This and much more we learned from being in Dresden and meeting the people of Dresden, especially the Mennonites, the people of peace, in this city.

The Mennonites are from the Anabaptist tradition and were also persecuted because they baptised twice.

It was great to be with these people of peace. We spent three days in guesthomes in Dresden and everyone agreed the time is Dresden was the best.

to be continued.....

 

 

 

 

Selected News

  • Apirana team in Gravesend (UK)

    Apirana team in Gravesend (UK) 02 October 2018

    During their first concert back in Europe the Apirana Circuit Riders team met an inspired youth leader in a multi-cultural melting pot in the UK.

  • Pilgrimage to Scherpenheuvel

    Pilgrimage to Scherpenheuvel 16 June 2018

    Youth from the Bisdom of Antwerp and from Atlantic Bridge walk together on the road to Scherpenheuvel.

  • wanted GUITARIST/SONG WRITER

    wanted GUITARIST/SONG WRITER 08 April 2018

    We are looking for a young musician - preferably a guitarist/song-writer - to travel to schools in different countries in Europe as a type of Circuit Rider.

  • First Contact Team from Hermsdorf

    First Contact Team from Hermsdorf 26 October 2017

    A German First Contact Team travels 700 km to help build a new bridge  between their town of Hermsdorf and the Dutch town of Krabbendijke.

  • Hungarians in New York

    Hungarians in New York 31 August 2017

    Bridges continue to be build between West Chester PA and Mosonmagyarovar, Hungary

  • A great intern year it was!

    A great intern year it was! 30 August 2017

    What a great internship year we have had together! Let us tell you all about it on OUR BLOG!

  • YouthWork Factory

    YouthWork Factory 25 August 2017

    Together we search for ways to develop and improve our mission to, between and with young people!

  • The Journey to Dresden continues

    The Journey to Dresden continues 01 August 2017

    On October 9, 1989 many people gathered for prayer in the churches guarded by German soldiers. Alexander Neufeld explains what happened...

Facebook