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Vienna Update

Todd Williams - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pat & Carla Jones and their family recently visited our mission team in Vienna, Austria, spending time with Jake & Amanda Haskew, Will & Holly Kooi, and another family close to our hearts and vital to the work there: Bart & Tamika Rybinski.  Here is what Pat & Carla had to say.

Over fall break, Carla, Natalie, Ryan and I visited the church in Vienna, and we would like to report that the experience was beyond expectations. 

On Sunday morning, we were greeted at the home of Jake & Amanda Haskew with the smell of coffee and traditional Viennese breakfast.  In the room was a brother who had been isolated in his walk and sought the church finding a home; a young brother who is on fire in his spirit and talked eagerly about his faith; a young father who had recently been baptized and spoke with passion about work he is involved in helping others;  a sister who now knows that others care deeply about her – and want her in fellowship; a brother and sister who drive from another area of Austria to be with the other Christians because they enjoy their fellowship; spouses of Christians who attend but have not yet committed their lives to Christ.  All of these different paths converge for a day that begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.  During the time, God’s word is studied and shared along with lots of coffee, food, and laughter.

During the week, there was so much more.  Active Bible studies focusing on discipleship occur with most of the members.  One afternoon the office filled with energetic and excited children, who came to learn English words and participate in crafts.  Later in the week the office was full of sports kids who took the full energy out of Will, several OC students, and me.  All of these lives, touch points in ministry.

Please pray for Vienna.  Pray that the church in Vienna will be a light for so many who need to see the spirit of Christ modeled in Christian lives.  Pray that each brother and sister will be firm in their faith.  Pray for the spouses who have not yet given themselves to Christ.  Pray that the work of the Haskew, Kooi, and Rybinski families will continue to be God-breathed and rewarded.

- Patrick Jones
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