MEETING HIS CHILDREN IN AUSTRIA
This year my time in my home country of Austria
was shorter than usual - only three weeks. That meant having a very
tight schedule of traveling and ministering in different churches.
It's an honor and joy for me to bless my own country, to see
God move powerfully in my nation, nine years after I left
here. I get excited every time I enter a church, and get to be God's
mouthpiece, hands and feet.
year I got to share my heart message several times. I shared much
about my life, encouraging everyone to dream big,
that God can use anyone, however messed up, to do anything, changing
the world around him/her. I shared about different encounters I've
had with God that wrecked me forever, encouraging them to seek Him,
that there is so much more of Him for us to experience.
I shared, the anointing increased... He's always
confirming His word, and when you talk about His glory, His beauty,
His awesomeness, His presence, He comes down to reveal all these
characteristics of His to His children. I love it when that happens!
I love it when I see His children moved by His presence,
tears in their eyes, their hearts more and more hungry for Him,
as I share his heart.
when it's time to respond, they do, and have encounters
of their own with their heavenly Daddy. Some are healed
physically, others have their hearts healed
of deep pain. Others have experiences with Him,
walking into the heavenly throneroom. I love it! There's nothing
like it! And I get to do all this in my own country of Austria!
three weeks this year were short, but filled with many precious
moments. Now I'll have to wait until next year to get to be a blessing
to my own nation again.
AUSTRIAN IN MALI
month ago 22-year-old Eva came from Austria to
stay with us for 6 months. I was amazed at how
she immediately fit in perfectly, and she's been a huge
blessing. Her main task is to watch the kids and make sure
they do what they're supposed to do when they're supposed to do
them, and don't do what they shouldn't do. After her first two weeks
I asked her for her first impressions. This is
what she wrote:
kids - from the first moment open, my heart immediately
went out to them. They are different, loving, sweet, and
full of temperament. I immediately felt accepted
and respected - in spite of of a different skin
color, language and customs.
to Mali, you should be able to speak French or Bambara -
I don't speak either one. It's difficult to express myself, explain
myself, and communicate, and it's a shame that I don't understand
anything. We've been managing using hands and feet, and I'm very
busy learning Bambara.
been many impressions and experiences even though I've only been
here for a short time. It's incredibly amazing!
I'm looking forward to more wonderful unforgettable months. This
indescribable, wonderful experience... this fun-filled, exciting
adventure... this unique, beautiful time... this dream that I'm
realizing.... I can only recommend it.
had been talking about and praying about the possibility of Paul
accompanying me to the US again this year, and to our amazement
we received a green light. Paul got his US visa easily and right
away this year. The biggest challenge is financing the plane
tickets. If anyone would like to help with that either
with finances or frequent flyer miles (Air France, Delta, NWA),
please let me know.
itinerary brings us first to Topeka for a wedding
(one of Paul's best friends), and then we have one week in Kansas
City. Our next stop is the HIM pastors & leaders conference
in Pasadena; I'm excited to introduce Paul to the
leaders of our network - and plan on taking him to Disneyland. Our
last stop is Augusta, where we have 3 board members
and good contacts with different churches, and it will be exciting
for them to meet Paul for the first time. More details to the left,
and on my CALENDAR page.
Austrian helper Eva will hold the fort in Mali, and I'm confident
she'll be able to fulfill that task - with the help of your prayers!
Arm - Our 10-year-old Amadou broke
his arm doing sit-ups just a few days ago. Now he'll have a cast
for weeks. Good thing it's his left arm, and that they're on Easter
Blind - Our 16-year-old Abdias recently turned blind
on one eye. They've been doing test after test, and have talked
about operating him. Please pray for this situation,
that this gets taken care of and that he gets his sight back.
Baby Born - On March 11th the next child
was born into our family. Little Casmir is Elisabeth's fifth child
and third son. He's Albino as are his parents, Paul's dad and
Party - We're doing our Street Kid Easter Party on April
4th - games, food, worship, prayer, prizes, and shoes!
If you'd like to help with the 100€ or $150
we'll need to buy the shoes to give out to the
street children, we'd be very thankful.
know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of
the blessing of Christ. (Rom