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About The Founder

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May 14, 1973 - Claudia Magdalena Wintoch, daughter of Wolfgang (23) and Eva Maria Wintoch (21), is born in Vienna, Austria, as her parents' first child. Three years later her brother Ronald is born. When she is about five years old, her parents separate, so that her Mom ends up raising two children alone. Claudia is 12 years old, when her Mom's boyfriend Heinzi moves in.

Even before she starts school at the age of 6, she loves playing school and teaching her brother - an early indication of what she would do later. When she has to choose between a focus on maths or languages in grade 7, she goes for the languages, wanting to be an interpreter. By the time she is 15, she has two passions in life - astronomy and dancing. And it is at that age that she starts tutoring students in Maths, English, which later also includes French. In 1991 she graduates with "Matura" from High School, taking exams in Maths, German, French, Latin, Physics and Music.

Wanting to discover the new, she dreams of one day getting the Nobel Price for an astronomic achievement, and starts studying Astronomy and Physics at the University of Vienna. In 1993, she studies one semester of Physics in Paris, where her love for languages reawakens. Coming back and having finished the equivalent of a B.S., she changes her major to African Studies, with the minor French, with the goal of preparing to go to Mali, West Africa. In 1997, she gets a certificate from Cambridge University (UK) that authorizes her to teach English as a foreign language, and she starts teaching in language schools, while continuing her studies.

00graduationIn 1999, after four years of studying and dreaming about going to Mali, Claudia gets a grant from university to do linguistic field research in Mali for nearly 5 months, to gather data for her Master's thesis and contribute to the work of SIL (Summer Insitute of Linguistics) on site. At the end of 2000, she graduates with a Master's degree from the University of Vienna.

In 2001, while still teaching, she finds her dream job, testing speech recognition software for IBM, which combines her love for languages and for computers.

In June of 2001, Claudia moves to Kansas City, MO, where she starts a two-year intensive Bible College to graduate with a Masters of Divinity degree in the summer of 2003.

By taking correspondance classes from Faith Bible College, Claudia receives her Doctorate of Theology degree in August 2003.

In September 2003 she moves to Mali, West Africa, where she teaches German at a little Muslim High School for two years.

In November 2004 she founds a local church called Centre Apostolique Malien as well as a Bible School. One month later at Christmas she organizes her first party for street children which is a great success. It is the start of seeing the vision God gave her being fulfilled.


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Story of Faith

Austria being a catholic country, Claudia grew up having religious instruction in school and believing in God, yet not knowing Him or ever really hearing the gospel. Life became very miserable with her Mom's boyfriend moving in when she was twelve, and she became depressive and suicidal. She started getting very busy, picked up dancing at the age of 15 which she loved (ballroom dancing - latin, standard, Rock'n'Roll acrobatics, tapdance, training for competitions and performing), and loved astronomy, being very involved at an observatory in Vienna.

When she graduated from school at the age of 18, God completely disappeared from her life with the absence of religious instruction. She slowly started getting a grip on life, still looking for love everywhere. Two years into her studies at university, she went to a sports camp organized by Intervarsity in Austria (Christian student group) and gave her life to Christ that very week. Those people had something she did not and she wanted. Two weeks after her conversion, she wrote a testimony of how God reached her which she gave to every person she knew - you can read it in English, Deutsch or Français.

Six weeks after her conversion she moved to Paris, France, for half a year, which was perfect timing. Two months after her conversion, God called her to full-time ministry. Another month later to Africa. Paris was a time of rapid growth, and one week before her return to Austria, God sovereignly baptized her in the Spirit, without her knowing what was happening.

Right after her conversion she adopted C.T. Studd's motto: If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him. She also regularly prayed two "dangerous" prayers: "Send me where they haven't heard the good news" and "Send me where nobody else wants to go". And God answered her prayers. Back in Austria, she was water-baptized and found her church Vienna Christian Center, an international church of over 45 nations. The first two years of her Christian life, she invested all her free-time into Intervarsity, where she grew rapidly by doing "all the stuff" and learning a lot. Even in those early days she shared her testimony of how her life was changed from one day to the other, from a loveless life of hating her step-father, to now loving him. Yet, she still had a lot of pain and wounds and was not able to experience the Father-heart of God.

When she first heard of God's move in Toronto in the beginning of 1995 (known as Toronto Blessing, but really called The Father's Blessing), hope arose for her own emotional healing. During a ministry trip to England in February of 1995, she was first overwhelmed by the power of God, which started the process of inner healing. Conferences with people from Toronto and others in different locations in Europe brought more and more healing to her broken life. At the same time, she always longed to help others find healing and freedom for themselves. In the fall of 1996, she went to Kelowna, Canada, to do a three-month School of Counseling and Healing. Yet, while she went to be equipped, she experienced an intense time of personal healing, to the degree that she had to learn to live again upon her return to Austria. Read her testimony of those 10 weeks here.

claudia1999Having received the call to Africa in Paris in 1993, it was in 1995 that God laid the country of Mali in West Africa on her heart. Studying African languages at university, she focused on Mali the whole time, learning two of the most important Malian languages (already knowing the ex-colonial language French). Having been saved in an evangelical setting, and loving linguistics, she was getting to know and love SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics) more and more. In 1999, after four years of praying for Mali and desiring to go there, she finally went there to do linguistic field research for her Master's thesis to contribute to the work of SIL there, being an SIL guest helper. As soon as she touched the ground getting off the plane, she felt like she had come home, like being in the place where she belonged.

Returning from Mali, she finished her Master's degree in December of 2000. In January 1994 God had first spoken to her in a dream about going to a Bible College, and it had always been her dream to go to Grace Training Center (at the time Mike Bickle's school) in Kansas City. In the fall of 2000 she was considering whether to go the Bible College as she had always dreamed, or go back to Mali where she longed to be. However, when she had left Mali she had told the Lord that she would not go back there without His power to do what Jesus did.

One day, CHARISMA magazine lay open on her desk and her eyes fell on a one-page ad for a school in Kansas City, which was called World Revival School of Ministry - a name which contained words that were significant to her. All I knew was that there was a revival in Smithton, and yet, I could not forget about it any more. One month before leaving for the US, she knew she had to be at that school rather than the other one. And when she got to Kansas City in June 2001, He dramatically confirmed that this was the school for her to be.

The following two years were an intense time of transformation, equipping, learning, dying and knowing Him more. He fulfilled her greatest heart's desires - to be so intimate with Him that His tangible presence is always there, and to move in the power that is available to every believer. He also gave her friends and "family" like she had only dreamed of.

03preaching2While being a full-time student at World Revival School of Ministry, she also took a few classes at then-Grace Training Center and the Forerunner School of Prayer (International House of Prayer (IHOP) - Mike Bickle). She had the joy and privilege of being Jill Austin's student during her two years there, and started serving in the IHOP ministry team and the Healing Rooms.

In May 2003 she finished her classes and turned 30 years old - a very significant birthday that marked the beginning of a new season of her life. In August 2003 she not only received a Master's of Divinity from World Revival School of Ministry, but also a Doctorate of Theology from Faith Bible College.

After 8 years of preparation to take Mali for His kingdom, a suddenly of God opened the door to Mali in July 2003, 10 years to the day sincer her conversion. In September 2003, she stepped into her destiny, or rather God's destiny for Mali, when she moved to the capital city of Bamako.


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