Last week we wanted to hit the big time highlights of this month, but now we need to fill you in on everything else!
To begin, we must mention the arrival of the OC Summer Euro students. What an incredible group of people. The students arrived on June 4th and we met up with them later that night at one of our favorite restaurants, Pizza Bizi. We walked with them to our favorite gelato place, Zanoni & Zanoni, and I was able to direct everyone towards the best gelato flavor in the world – Biscotto. I think 18 out of the 22 took my suggestion. It was a proud moment for me and my gelato knowledge. On the following Sunday was Grillfest which we described here for those of you who aren’t sure what Grillfest is. We had a wonderful time of worship then heard a beautiful testimony from Daniela. While the guys got the grill ready, we spent a little while longer singing worship songs that we love to sing in the States. This group has plenty of talented singers which made singing all the more of a moving experience. We ate together, answered the questions the students had for us during our Q&A session, then closed with a prayer walk around the neighborhood. The students have of course been very busy themselves with travel and class, but we have been extremely blessed by their willingness to help plan our End of the Year EKC Carnival as well as new games for Sports Kids Club when they are not studying or traveling. Students have taken turns visiting June in the nursing home, and they’ve done some babysitting too. We love it when the students are here!
Then earlier this month we were presented with an amazing service project opportunity. Hermine, the elderly woman who visits our office every morning and was baptized this last February, has lived in the same nearby apartment for years and years. Though her apartment is cleaned by a cleaning woman every so often, there has never been any kind of an apartment touch up. The walls desperately needed a paint job, so that’s what we did. Our congregation split into teams, one team in the living room and one in the kitchen. After several hours of chipping away the old paint and painting on the new, Hermine was left with a newly painted living room. Due to the amount of work the kitchen required, it wasn’t able to be finished at the same time as the living room. Some of the men went back last weekend and finished it up, and now Hermine has two freshly redone rooms. We’re praying God will direct our congregation towards more opportunities like these in the future.
We’ve also been blessed by having quite a few visitors come our way this month. The first to drop in were Dale and Vicki Hawley. They were scheduled to be here with us the first week of June, but due to the floods in Germany they were delayed a week. Fortunately we were able to sit with them and the team one morning and spent a wonderful time together sharing stories about where we were when we all first decided to move to Vienna, how we’ve been blessed by Vienna, and what has/is keeping us here. Though our time with them was short, we very much enjoyed their visit and look forward to more in the future. Next came friends Clayton and Jeremy, both students at Oklahoma Christian University who are currently involved in a missions internship in the Czech Republic. The guys wanted to see as much of Vienna as possible as they only had a couple of days with us, and I’m one hundred percent sure we made that happen. We took them all over the place and by Saturday evening we were completely exhausted. We thoroughly loved having them here, and can we just say we love having visitors in general? It’s so much fun; you’re all invited!
To close, we’d like to ask you to join us in prayer over the city of Vienna for the 2013-2014 year. Last Wednesday, we got together with Jake and Amanda and did just that by stopping at various locations in the city for a moment of prayer. We prayed over districts, people, businesses, programs, congregations, and eventually the entire city from the top of the Donauturm (Danube Tower) where we were able to see all of Vienna. This is something we’d like to do more often as the power of prayer is incomprehensibly strong and beautiful, and we want as much prayer pouring into this city as possible. So continue to keep the city and its people in your prayers, as well as the sweet Hensal family who now have under two weeks left with us before they head to the States.
Hope everyone has a fantastic week!