Week 2 in Austria

It is a beautiful day here in the Vienna Woods and I pray you are having a beautiful day, too. One of the blessings for the students when they come to study at Haus Edelweiss is that it is like going to school and going on a retreat. They can sit outside and study, walk in the woods, or just spend time fellowshipping out in the beautiful environment. With such busy, hectic lives, this is a much needed release.

Yesterday was a very fine day here as well. We had a heartfelt worship service led by the students from Hungary. We were blessed by the offering of their gifts of teaching and music. It really excites me for the ministry of TCM because this is what it is about – energizing and training up these church leaders and teachers and musicians and workers so that they can go home to their country and be effective not only where they worship, but where they work, live and play. It’s thrilling to be part of the ministry of these gifted individuals! God be praised. Jim Buckley, a pastor and TCM professor from California provided the message. Last year, Jim answered God’s call to walk across America to bring attention to the need to get Jesus back into American homes. The testimony of he and his wife Glenda about their trip is very powerful (learn more at invitingAmericahome.org).

Sunday evening we were again blessed, this time with a the traditional campfire fellowship. For many students and short-term workers, this is a highlight. Just like the campfires back at church camp, we sit around and sing praise songs and tell stories. Anyone who wants to grab a guitar can play or lead or request a song (in English or their own native language) and anyone who wants to share a testimony is free to do so as well. And then we have marshmallows!! These are brought over all the way from the US, as you don’t find them here in Austria. It’s a fun special treat for everyone involved.

Today it is back to work full speed ahead as class is winding down for the students, who will be finishing class and leaving Wednesday. What a whirlwind week they have!

Thanks for praying and thanks for following along.

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