Austria

Kulterfest with Immigrants in Austria

A small town in Austria is intentionally making efforts to integrate the immigrants into the life of the community. "Von Nebeneinander, zum Miteinander" meaning: ‘From Next to one another, to With one another.’ This is the goal of the local Kulturfest.

This summer marked the second culture fest of the local church and the local mosque and any others who wished to participate in it. It has been a long time coming, but it is on the way to becoming a "tradition"!

The purpose is community, friendship, understanding... and God among us! The barriers of tradition are gently giving way. And as believers, we are in awe of the sweetness of Jesus being in our midst! He just does things his own way!

Isaiah 55:8-9(NIV) 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Due to rainy weather, the event was held indoors at a local church. This is a proof of "traditions" being less of an issue! There are also times of meeting in the mosque for a variety of times when we are invited for meals. Also, the Muslim youth pitched in for set-up and take-down and clean up! This made the whole event really "with one another" even in the small or behind-the-scenes things. It was a great turnout even with poor weather!

The gathering had games for all ages, music from the different cultures present, folk dancing, and lots and lots of foods! One report received was: "All in all, it was a great success, especially in times of political uncertainty."

The Spirit of God is moving!

Submitted by AGWM personnel in Austria

DSCN1180 (2).jpgA small town in Austria is intentionally making efforts to integrate the immigrants into the life of the community.

"Von Nebeneinander, zum Miteinander" meaning: ‘From Next to one another, to With one another.’ This is the goal of the local Kulturfest.

This summer marked the second culture fest of the local church and the local mosque and any others who wished to participate in it. It has been a long time coming, but it is on the way to becoming a "tradition"!

The purpose is community, friendship, understanding... and God among us! The barriers of tradition are gently giving way. And as believers, we are in awe of the sweetness of Jesus being in our midst! He just does things his own way!

Isaiah 55:8-9(NIV)
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

DSCN1185 (2).jpgDue to rainy weather, the event was held indoors at a local church. This is a proof of "traditions" being less of an issue! There are also times of meeting in the mosque for a variety of times when we are invited for meals. Also, the Muslim youth pitched in for set-up and take-down and clean up! This made the whole event really "with one another" even in the small or behind-the-scenes things. It was a great turnout even with poor weather!

The gathering had games for all ages, music from the different cultures present, folk dancing, and lots and lots of foods! One report received was: "All in all, it was a great success, especially in times of political uncertainty."

The Spirit of God is moving!

Submitted by AGWM personnel in Austria

Austrian Youth Minister to Roma in Slovakia

A team of Austrian youth came to minister to the Roma (Gypsies) of Slovakia. AGWM personnel, John Bean, whose ministry focuses on the Roma tells of the great blessing these young people were. They helped strip paint off of a container building which was purchased to house small group meetings as well as a place for children’s ministry in this Roma project. The youth also did children’s programs in four different villages in the area throughout the week. John Bean’s family were much involved in these programs, with his daughter being the translator for the leaders and the youth. It was a busy and fruitful week for these young Austrians. It was the first time that some of these Roma women were out of the country of Slovakia. They were so excited to get to see the city of Vienna and to worship and sit in sessions with people from 15 different nations. We all returned to Slovakia with a renewed passion to reach the children of this nation.

image001.jpgA team of Austrian youth came to minister to the Roma (Gypsies) of Slovakia. AGWM personnel, John Bean, whose ministry focuses on the Roma tells of the great blessing these young people were. They helped strip paint off of a container building which was purchased to house small group meetings as well as a place for children’s ministry in this Roma project.

image003.jpgThe youth also did children’s programs in four different villages in the area throughout the week. John Bean’s family were much involved in these programs, with his daughter being the translator for the leaders and the youth. It was a busy and fruitful week for these young Austrians. It was the first time that some of these Roma women were out of the country of Slovakia. They were so excited to get to see the city of Vienna and to worship and sit in sessions with people from 15 different nations. We all returned to Slovakia with a renewed passion to reach the children of this nation.

Energia 2016 in Austria

March was an exciting month at Vienna Christian Center! AGWM personnel, Tony Gryskiewicz hosted the Energia Youth Ministry Training Track for youth leaders from all across Europe. Dr. Garland Owensby was the keynote speaker. Dan Liebe, Montana District Youth Director, also came and helped equip, encourage and challenge an amazing group of young youth leaders. Other speakers and presenters included Tony Gryskiewicz, Anna Gryskiewicz, Dave Ginther (Youth pastor from Montana) and Guy Warner (Youth pastor from Montana). Youth leaders from over nine European countries attended. The plan is to have this training event every two years, endeavoring to help prepare youth pastors and leaders for the challenges to reach Europe’s youth.

Energia (1)a.jpgMarch was an exciting month at Vienna Christian Center! AGWM personnel, Tony Gryskiewicz hosted the Energia Youth Ministry Training Track for youth leaders from all across Europe. Dr. Garland Owensby was the keynote speaker. Dan Liebe, Montana District Youth Director, also came and helped equip, encourage and challenge an amazing group of young youth leaders. Other speakers and presenters included Tony Gryskiewicz, Anna Gryskiewicz, Dave Ginther (Youth pastor from Montana) and Guy Warner (Youth pastor from Montana).

Youth leaders from over nine European countries attended. The plan is to have this training event every two years, endeavoring to help prepare youth pastors and leaders for the challenges to reach Europe’s youth.