FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS)—The smell of German cuisine and colorful Erntedankfest decorations filled the Seelig Banquet Room at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Oct. 21, as the Women’s Auxiliary held its fall luncheon. Focused on praying for Southwestern’s extension center in Bonn, Germany, the luncheon highlighted the wonderful ways God is growing the campus as well as the extension center’s need to retire the debt on its property.
To add to the European flare, Marianne Arrendell, a German native and Southwestern Advisory Council member from San Antonio, Texas, introduced guest speaker Dietmar Schulze in German. Schulze, assistant professor of missions at Southwestern, came from Germany and joined the faculty in 2007. In addition to missions courses, he teaches theological German language classes at Southwestern. During the luncheon, he gave a presentation on Erntedankfest, a Christian holiday in Germany similar to Thanksgiving in the U.S.
Southwestern First Lady Dorothy Patterson shared the story of how she and her husband, Paige Patterson, had a burden for training pastors in Germany for more than 30 years before God opened a door at Southwestern to partner with the Bibelseminar Bonn campus in 2005. She asked ladies at the luncheon to pray for the faculty and students at the extension center as well as other campus needs. The German government is requiring Bibelseminar Bonn to pay off its property before it can pursue campus renovations and build additional facilities.