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Jun 20, 2019

Florian Berndt lives in Germany on the Swiss/French Border to Basel. Growing up in a dysfunctional home, he had an encounter with Jesus in his early teens, which completely turned his life around.

In his words:

"However, I quickly got caught up in fundamentalist religion, which led me to the brink of my sanity, until I caught a revelation of Abba’s love and heart – first for myself, and then for all creation. Since my entire theology got thrown out of the window after this, I  started studying theology and looked afresh at scripture and church history, being pleasantly surprised that my heart had always known what I discovered. After having to deal with a  lot of stuff that had been suppressed by religious addiction and trauma, we suddenly got thrown into ministry again a couple of years ago.  I am working now part time in pastoral ministry, looking after the youth and young adults of an Anglican Church, and run events and schools that help people experience Abba’s love for themselves. Having worked in journalism and publishing, we also started a small publishing company on the side, just recently. Next to writing, translating and teaching, we also bought an old school house that we are renovating, hoping to see a community, centered in Abba’s love grown out of this. Together with Charles Slagle I started the online community Abba Calling – based on Charlie’s book – on Facebook and the World Wide Inclusion Network, where people from all kinds of walk can come, ask for prayer and learn to listen to Abba for themselves and others. Trying to connect a lot of like minded people, we started a couple of websites: www.fatherheartgermany.de (part of Fatherheart Ministries International in New Zealand), www.perichoresis.de (connected with and inspired by the conversation, started by C. Baxter Kruger and friend’s), our publishing company www.divineembrace.de/net and my recent blog Wading in the Mystical Flow. Both my wife and I are musician’s and I’ve written a number of articles over the years, spread all over the internet, as well as just working on two books."