• The Region

    Germany has 16 states. Bavaria (Bayern) is the largest state by far, 23,000 Km (sq.) more than the second-largest state, Lower Saxony. Bayern takes up 1/5 of Germany's total size, and is located in the southeast. You could say it's like the Texas of Germany. There is a heavy southern drawl to the accent, and its motto is also similar "Mia san mia" meaning "We are who we are" don't mess with us! Germany has 3 city-states as well; Berlin, Hamburg, and Bremen.

  • The State Church

    In Germany, there is no separation of the church and state. Bavaria is the most conservative and Catholic part of Germany. Most Germans actually pay taxes to the church without second thought. Also, the state governor recently enacted legislation to have crosses prominently displayed in all government buildings. This sounds good at first, but unfortunately faith is simply regarded as a traditional part of the culture, in the same way beer is held as a staple of a healthy German Diet.

  • The Culture

    This picture from the world-famous Oktoberfest in Munich is actually representative of Bavarian Culture NOT German Culture. Up north, Germans do not wear "Lederhosen" (leather pants) or the corresponding ladies' fancy dresses called "Dirndls". This celebration first occurred after Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Another interesting fact is that Oktoberfest actually begins in Mid-September and ends in early October. 

  • From Deutsch Mark to Euro

    Germany has been using the EURO as it's legal tender since 1 January 2002, and Bayern sure does have a lot of them! Bayern ranks #2 in the nation in its' share of the GDP and #3 in GDP per capita. This is another challenge that we face as Christians proclaiming the gospel in this region: the wealth. Many people in this region see themselves as "doing well" and pride themselves as being "good people" with no awareness of their sin before a holy God. Jesus said in Mark 10:25 "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”