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Hi! Welcome to the website of the Wilkesboro church of Christ. My name is Robert Lewis, but around here, I am known as Robby. I am from North Wilkesboro and have been a part of this congregation since  1985.

Since 1991, I have lived and worked as a missionary in what was the former communist part of Germany, known officially then as the DDR or East Germany. The area was behind the Iron Curtain before that fell in 1989. One of our earliest German sisters in one of the newly-founded congregations there became my wife in 1999. Her adult son is a dear brother and friend, and his new family has now increased by bringing a grandson into our lives. They live in Belgium, and we treasure time together with them occasionally, hindered only by the seven hour drive between us.

After working in aviation as a pilot for almost 20 years, I had the urge to become involved in missions in some foreign land. In the churches of Christ there is much freedom in ability for anyone to fulfill this desire, as we don’t require missionaries to go through a missions board, some selection process or to even have special missions or Bible training. Although many might wince, even gasp, at that thought of having untrained people on a mission field, I have discovered that just being educated in the Everyday as pilot and recognizing life revealed and unfolding in that Everyday provided much needed training and important experience for this “job”. OJT has continued the education in sometimes rough ways. Nevertheless, I see the truth and value of simply being like, and teaching like, Jesus did with his followers along the way more and more as I get older.

Wilkesboro church, along with many other congregations and individuals, have been a part of our financial and love support now for 22 years. Since my mom and other family members are also here in the area, the Wilkesboro congregation has been “home base” for me, and now my wife, for all those years. We have all grown much together, and I find it an indescribable joy and blessing to be with them when we come home, something we try to do every 18 months. As they already know, it is such an emotional experience for me to just stand before them and share some of the journey we have traveled while in Europe.

May the journey continue!

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