have passed since my last "News from Vienna" and so
many things happened during that time that I suppose this will
be the longest Newsletter I have ever written but also an exciting
one. I'm so grateful to the Lord for all He's done!
First I want
to tell you about two great books I read in January: Daring
to Live on the Edge by Loren Cunningham (Youth With A Mission)
and The Gift of Giving by R.T.Kendall. I have learnt
a lot about God and money and as a result I started "double-tithing".
The Lord really has, as promised in His word, blessed me richly
in various ways since then. (An example on the financial side
- I've never earned so much money with giving lessons like in
The last weeks
in January were very busy. I learned for 10 exams, had 7 and 6
of them in a period of 6 days. The first should be on the 19th,
but the professor was ill. Then I had two on Saturday the 21st
(mark: 2 and 2?), one on Monday (1), one on Tuesday (4), one on
Wednesday (2), and one on Thursday (2). Then I had another one
a week later (1). During those weeks I spent all my freetime (which
wasn't too much anyway) in the library unless I went to write
an exam. Fortunately the library is open till 10 p.m.. It was
so amazing how God carried me through that time. Actually it was
the first time I had written exams as a Christian. I had always
cheated at school and it was somehow strange not to write little
pieces of paper before. I trusted the Lord with all my exams and
put them into His hands. So I studied "day and night"
with God's help and wrote my exams together with Him, not having
to worry about little pieces of paper that might be seen but asking
the Holy Spirit when I didn't know an answer. I tell you - I have
never had such a peace at exams before! I wasn't nervous at all!
I had done my part by studying and from then on everything was
in God's hands. I could never have done all that without God's
help - and the results of the exams are quite good, too! I was
able to collect about 15 hours with all these exams.
days, the 22nd, I sang the special music in Grace Church for the
first time ("Step by Step"). It was also the first time
that my grandparents came to Grace Church. The song went quite
well. Then, in the time of praise and prayer, somebody gave his
testimony how he had become a Christian a few days before. He
said that the Lord had been shouting at Him again and again until
he let Him in. He addressed people, at whom God were shouting
that way too, to open their hearts for God. I was really grateful
for that testimony. After the service they said that they had
liked it and that they had understood nearly everything. We had
one more Bible study afterwards before I left for Mittersill and
then for England. At the same time they went for their holidays
(two weeks), taking their Bibles and different books with them.
I was especially praying for them during that time. When they
came back, my grandmother told me, that she couldn't read anything
because she was too tired in the evenings. My grandfather told
me that he mainly continued reading Dave Hunt's book ("Global
Peace") ant that it was very interesting. That was all. We
had our first Bible study after their holiday last Tuesday. The
topic was "Jesus and the cross". We had quite a good
time together although there doesn't seem to be any progress.
As the ÖSM-winter
camp in Mittersill was approaching in January, we had more and
more preparations to do (beside the exams). We were four people
in the organizing team, one of them was our leader Fred Bailey.
The week was from the 4th to 11th of February. I didn't take my
skiing equipment with me because of lack of money. Later I discovered
that I wouldn't have had the time to go skiing. I was more or
less the one who coordinated the whole week, delegating different
tasks and making sure that everything was done. As a result I
was busy from morning to evening, not having any freetime at all
(I had three hours of freetime during the whole week.), but I
don't complain at all! I enjoyed it al lot! I just love organizing!
about 130 students at the camp! That's already more or less the
maximum the castle can handle why some students had to be turned
away. Maybe a quarter of those students were non-Christians. Amongst
those were also Ansbert and a student, called Michi. Last summer
I recognized him as studying physics as well and he was even put
in the Bible study group I was leading "by chance".
The first day I had the privilege to explain him the whole gospel
as he was asking me but after the second Bible study he didn't
come again. Then, as courses at University started again, we were
in the same course - "by chance". I talked with him
sometimes but he didn't want to hear anything about the ÖSM.
One day he came up to me and asked me about invitations for the
winter-camp. Then I saw him again in Mittersill but I didn't address
him because there was a kind of tension between us. I just wanted
to let him get to know other Christians. During the whole week
I was so busy organizing that I hardly had any conversations with
people. I was a bit sorry about that and tried to sit with unknown
people during the meals (I am not sure whether there was one meal
I had without having to do anything in between.). Then I was praying
for a possibility to talk with Ansbert. The last evening was one
of the most beautiful in my Christian life (the evening before
was quite the opposite - more later). Michi came up to me because
of some organizational things, then we talked about university
before we were interrupted. Some time later I had my possibility
to talk to Ansbert. It was his birthday two days later and I gave
him his present. He had tried to get a book, I had told him about,
in vain and I knew where to get it. He was so surprised and pleased
when he saw the book! ("From Nothing to Nature" by E.
Andrews about evolution and creation - a great book God has used
to open my eyes.) Then we talked a little bit
about where he stood on his way to God when Michi joined us. Then
Michi told us his whole story how he had become a Christian in
the beginning of January! He told me how he had felt last summer,
then at university and what he had thought of me. He told me how
he had given away several evangelistic books to family members
and friends. It was just so great to listen to him! I had never
stopped praying for him since last summer although I had hardly
ever seen him or even talked to him. Now I heard how God had answered
my prayers. Praise God! Ansbert listened attentively while we
were talking. Michi then had some questions and needed counselling
concerning his family (and I have a lot of experience with that!).
So I could really testify about what God had done in me concerning
my past and my family. Another problem Michi has is that he lives
one hour away from Vienna and returns home every day. So he can't
come to an ÖSM-Bible study or the evenings. Additionally
there aren't any evangelical churches near where he lives. And
he doesn't see the necessity at all to go to a church. I proposed
him to meet with him once a week for a Bible study and he gladly
accepted. Last week we met for the first time. We are doing the
course "Training for Christianity", the same course
I'm doing with my grandparents. He is eager to learn more about
the life of a Christian and God's work but he said doing that
course with me is the maximum he wants to do per week.
I also met
with Ansbert last week. I directly asked him what was holding
him back from becoming a Christian. It's no longer his studies
but it is something else that has to be cleared out. He said he
would like to talk with me about it once (we were in the cantine).
He also told me that he had planned to decide after Mittersill
whether he would like to be a Christian or not but then he couldn't.
Still he told me that the camp was a big step forward for him.
He said that he had realized that being a Christian wasn't just
an ideology but our whole life. I have also offered him the course
"Training for Christianity" and that's what we are going
to do from now on (he is at an evangelistic Bible study as well).
So I was
really thankful for those conversations the last evening. We know
about two students who gave their lives to Jesus during that week
and for many more it was a start towards God or a big step forward.
The Lord really blessed the week and He also blessed the ÖSM
richly financially (I also did the budget). Praise God for that!
When we arrived
in Mittersill, we first received really bad and shocking news:
The ÖSM had lost its room in the student club where we were
meeting every Monday night. Where should we do our evangelistic
talks this semester? The club had been really cheap and also a
neutral place to invite people to. So we had a meeting to discuss
what to do and where to ask. When we after Mittersill went to
England, we everywhere shared this prayer request while the ÖSM-workers
in Vienna were searching for a room. Coming back from England,
we still hadn't got a room. So I proposed having a special prayer
meeting just for that room - and we did (and some people even
came). During that prayer meeting the Lord laid all those lost
students who were living in the dark heavily on my heart. Where
else should we ask? I decided to ask at the institute of physics.
The next morning I asked at one of those institutes - and was
turned away. So I went to another institute where I knew an appropriate
room. After having seen three different people, I was sent to
the director of the Institute. I asked him whether we could rent
the room. When I told him that we were a Christian student group,
he immediately told me that he had done some things at the faculty
of theology and that there was a professor who organised some
weekly Christian meetings. He wanted to know more about the ÖSM,
the denomination (I told him, interdenomiational but mainly evangelical
- he didn't react to that), our goal (I said, telling others the
gospel - he didn't react to that either). He then immediately
phoned a secretary to give me the keys to the room and the main
entrance. Before leaving I asked him what we would have to pay
- it's free! When I came to the secretary she discovered that
there were no single keys for those two doors. So she phoned the
director again and passed him on to me. He said to me, "For
you are a Christian, I trust you. I give you the general key."
And so he did. He also said that we could have a bigger room (for
200 people) when needed and when free. It was a real miracle how
God provided that room for us! We then were able to print the
semester-programs and to inform all people about the new place.
The first evening was quite success. Yvonne was also there. We
haven't continued with "Training for Christianity" yet
although she is still interested. This semester we are not doing
a language course together so we might not see each other that
how God has plessed the ÖSM this semester already. One of
our main prayer focus is growing in numbers as our leader, Fred
Bailey and his family, returns to the States in summer. We are
really grateful that we meanwhile know for sure that a couple
from London is coming to "replace" them. I can't imagine
the ÖSM without Fred (Lindsay Brown, one of the leaders of
IFES, once said that Fred is propably the best student worker
in the world). It will be a very hard time. Thank God that He
is the one who is the head of the ÖSM and who holds the work
together. He has already answered our prayers concerning new workers
and has especially blessed our team (main university). We have
two Americans who came to our team and who will leave Austria
in summer again. Then, one morning, as I was sitting in a room
at university, I met a (the only I know) Christian student again
whom I had invited the previous semester again and again to come
to the ÖSM and who was never interested. That day he suddenly
showed real interest, beginning with the new location at the institute
for physics. He came to our next prayer breakfast and is eager
to serve God through the ÖSM. Praise God!
days ago I was sitting at the institute of physics, reading a
book, having my pencil case in front of me, with many Christian
stickers on it. Suddenly a student stopped, reading the stickers.
Then he asked, "Are you a Christian?" "Yes, I am."
So we started a conversation as he also was a Christian. We had
quite a good time talking. His name is Christian and he's studying
physics and Roman Catholic theology (for teaching) but he is rather
evangelical (and pentecostal). I invited him to come to the ÖSM
and he was principally interested although he doesn't want to
join our prayer breakfasts at the moment. We'll keep in contact
As I've just
come back from the Bible study with my grandparents, I have to
add something: Last week the unsaved father of a dear friend in
Vienna died of cancer. My friend hoped to be able to witness to
him once again, as she feared he were living his last days.She
didn't have another possibility as he died the morning we were
praying for him which was my friend's birthday even! I was shocked
and imagined that my family could die any moment without being
saved. I increased the prayer for my family and decided to propose
my grandparents next time to pray a prayer of committment with
me. Later I realised that today's topic was "New Birth"
- quite appropriate. So we went to my grandparents, the whole
family. After some hours my family left and I stayed for the Bible
study. The atmosphere before hadn't been very well for some time
(explanation later) but then we had a good conversation before
starting with the Bible study. I was able to witness and pass
on a lot. So I asked them whether they would like to pray with
me a prayer of committment (I put it differently). They agreed
and repeated what I prayed before them. I was a bit nervous and
feared to forget an important point but I think it was O.K. (I
had read a prayer of committment several times before). I was
happy afterwards although I wasn't sure wheter they had really
meant what they had prayed but they ensured me that they had prayed
it from their heart. Then we had quite a good conversation again
as I witnessed totally freely to them about God's calling for
me and His work in my life. I then gave them a little booklet
for the first 53 days with the Bible (a short passage, then explanation
and application). Again I emphasized the great importance of reading
God's word daily. Please pray for them that they would start reading
God's work and that they would grow in their Christian faith.
writing about England, to my family. First I have good news: My
adress from the 1st of April on is:
I wasn't able
to reach the landlady of that flat I mentioned in "News from
Vienna 5" before the sports-camp and England but when I came
back, I phoned her. Then I met with her and looked at the flat.
I immediately loved it! It's on the third floor, there are two
windows to the court, the oven (gas) and then I praised the Lord!
I had always pictured in my mind how I would change my lifestyle
and do differnt things. Doing that I realised that the biggest
problem was not having a fridge. I wouldn't be able to buy a lot
of food. Then, when I entered the flat, I immediately saw the
fridge. The landlady told me that somebody had bought a new one
and so he put the old one there. That's how God provided a fridge
for me without asking Him! Isn't He wonderful? He loves to surprise
us, to give to us and to receive our gratefulness.
So I decided
to take the flat. I continued talking with the landlady for some
time and I think she liked me. I told her that I would like to
move in as soon as possible. She then talked to the house supervisor
and gave me his number to make an appointment to sign the contract.
By now I haven't reached him. As soon as I have signed the contract,
I get the keys and can bring different things there. I'm really
grateful that my grandparents will give me four "armchairs"
where I can sleep on in the beginning, then they'll give me six
chairs they don't need any more. (When I asked my my mother whether
I could take my bed with me, Heinzi exploded how I could ever
think of that!) Then Heinzi's mother will give me another armchair
and a folding table. A friend of mine is just moving too and might
give me some of his furniture. So God is providing for everything
I need! (as I don't have any money to buy anything) The only thing
I really need is a telephone and an answering machine (there are
phone calls every day) and an electric kettle (to have hot water).
I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to moving in this
flat! I remember what it was like last year when I moved into
Sigrid's flat (at the same time, for three months). It's like
leaving a cage and gaining freedom! I can't bear Heinzi any more.
Today at my grandparents' he started shouting at me. I had asked
my brother whether he would allow me to write a paper for university
on his new PC (in French and I have no accents on my computer).
He strictly declined and I accepted that but my mother started
with it again to hear the other's opinion. So the way was open
for Heinzi to tell me everything he thought of me (he had drunk
some alcohol). I tried to hold back my tears and succeeded.
A week ago
he threatened to kill me. He hadn't done that for some time. I
had done one of the most terrible things that always make him
furious: I had leaned my foot against the edge of the table. I'm
glad that he doesn't hit me any more.
he sweared at me again in the ugliest way and told me that he
wanted me to leave as soon as possible and that he is looking
forward to that day. Today, e.g., he accused me of wanting to
fleece them before leaving. These are not exeptional incidents
but that's my daily life. I think you can now imagine that I want
to move away as soon as possible.
In two weeks
time my "new" life will start! I'll be able to invite
people, to sing and play whenever I want to, to pray aloud , to
have prayer meetings I started this semester in my place, to host
friends, etc.. So please come and visit me!
Im my last
News I also wrote you about my unsuccessful visit to my father.
Although I left a present with his neighbour I haven't heard from
him yet. One morning during my quiet time I had an idea. I realised
it after returning form England. I've started sending my father
a postcard every day. On the front I write one letter every time.
On the back I write some sentences about what I'm doing that day.
So far I've written the following cards: I-c-h- -l-i-e-b-e- -.
On Monday I will continue: D-i-c-h- and then probably with -u-n-d-
-i-c-h- -m-ö-c-h-t-e- -d-i-c-h- -s-e-h-e-n- (that means:
I love you and I want to see you). If necessary I will continue
the sentence till he'll answer me. I might write him to phone
me at an appointed time or just visit him again one day. We'll
see. Please pray that he'll find the courage to answer my cards
and that God will heal our relationship.
But now I
have to tell you about my trip to England. We were eight Austrians
(six guys, two girls) who left for London the thirteenth of February.
On the way from London/Heathrow to the first college we already
had a car accident - nobody was injured but the car was badly
damaged. After the first night in Egham/Royal Holloway College,
we split into two groups. Four of us went to Reading and Southampton
and the rest of us stayed two more nights before going to Chichester
where we stayed another night and then went to Southampton on
Friday afternoon, where we met the others again. We participated
in different CU (Christian Union) activities, learnt from them
and told them about Austria, learing a lot about and from God,
too. Friday night I left for Bournemouth while the others were
staying the night in Southampton. We left Bournemouth again on
Monday morning and went to Southampton for a prayer meeting, where
I met Phil again, who was in Vienna last summer. After the meeting
we went to Winchester. In the evening there was somebody from
Wycliffe speaking! I had written to Wycliffe some months before
concerning short term missions and had received quite a non-fitting
answer. Now I was able to ask direcly. She told me some interesting
things and promised to send me more infromation. That can't be
a "coincidence", can it? Now I don't know what to do
in summer. I had already more ore less decided to go to England
again, now I have the possibility to go with Wycliffe to an African
country. Please pray that God would lead my decision and place
me where I could serve Him best.
morning the whole group left for London/Heathrow again while I
had added three more days in England. Before I tell you what I
did then, I first tell you about the weekend in Bournemouth. I
hope you are not to confused yet?!
I left Southampton
Friday night to do to Bournemouth where I went directly to the
coffee-bar where we had had our outreach last summer. There I
met some friends again, e.g. Stephen who was also on the team
last year and Catia & David with whom I stayed the weekend.
The next morning I met another friend again, Chris, who passed
the day with us. On Sunday we were all invited to have lunch at
Stephen's house where we had a lot of fun.
all of you have already heard about the "Toronto-Blessing",
a renewal God started in Toronto more than a year ago that might
well become a revival. When I came to Bournemouth I was amazed
by what God had been doing during the last months when He started
moving in this mighty way. On Friday Catia & David told me
what God had been doing in their church and their lives and they
really had a great testimony. On Saturday they had one of those
joined meetings (25 churches are unified for that!) and I decided
to go there to see myself what was happening and to be prayed
for myself. I know that your opinions about those things will
be quite different, so I'll just tell you what I experienced.
I have to
start earlier: it's the Thursday in Mittersill. In the evening
Satan was atacking me by bringing up all my dark past again and
telling me all those lies I had been hearing for so many years.
I had a complete breakdown - the worst of this sort as a Christians
- kneeling on the terrasse of the castle, crying and feeling all
those pain of my past physically, crying for help to the Lord.
After three quarters of an hour I received a word of knowledge
saying in a firm voice, "Satan, I rebuke you in the name
of Jesus." Immediately the pain left and complete peace came
into my heart. Then I went on claiming all the truth that is in
I had to realise that my past wasn't really "past" yet.
I had thought that God had healed everything as there wasn't any
hate towards Heinzi any more but that wasn't the case. I had to
realise that the results of my childhood were still there and
troubling me. I just didn't realise them usually being busy all
the time. I was grateful to God that he had shown me that. So
what could I do? The next day I talked with somebody about it
which helped a bit but I still diddn't see what I could do. When
I then heard Catia's & David's testimony and about the meeting
the next day, I was sure that couldn't be a coincidence. I somehow
knew that the Lord had prepared me for something as that Sunday
night between Mittersill and England, it was the first time I
felt God would want me to respond to the altar call and step out.
But as so often, I didn't have the courage. So I went to that
meeting Saturday evening, fearful of what could happen. I knew
a lot about the "Toronto-Blessing", having read "Catch
the Fire" by Guy Chevreau. The celebration was really good
and I then went to be prayed for but nothing happened. I was really
disappointed as I went home that night. "How could you expect
the Lord to touch you, Claudia?" On Sunday
I went to the evening service of Catia's & David's church.
I had had a wonderful day and went there with a joyful heart,
saying to God, " I don't care whether you'll touch me or
not, I love you anyway and want to praise you tonight!" Then
we had a great service. I had been to this church last summer
and was just amazed by the change that had taken place. I hadn't
liked the church too much but now I was in a church where love
was reigning in a way I had never seen before. There was such
a wonderful atmosphere so that I really enjoyed the worship time
and the sermon, too, was great. The pastor was reading a verse
that spoke directly to my heart; "So do not throw away your
confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere
so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what
he has promised." (Heb 10:35-46) I thanked God for this verse
and cheered up only more. After the service there was the possibility
to be prayed for. More than half of the congregation stayed. As
one person after the other was prayed for and fell down, there
was such an atmosphere of love and God's presence that it was
amazing. I was still absolutely joyful and rejoicing in the Lord
as I was waiting for my "turn". What would I have done
without Catia & David! I clinged to Catia as a little child
as the pastor's wife, Maureen, was approaching. What if I would
keep standing while all the others had fallen down? Maureen asked
me what I wanted to be prayed for and I told her. As she started
praying, I immediately went down after some seconds. Lying on
the floor I was first only happy before the Holy Spirit started
working in me. He brought into my mind all those dark years and
different situations and every time I forgave Heinzi. The Lord
also showed me that I was accusing myself and my mother of different
things which I forgave too. Nevertheless the pain became deeper
and deeper and my reaction to it stronger and stronger. Finally
all the other people had already left and they prayed for God's
peace for me. Very, very slowly I calmed down, knowing that God
hadn't finished yet. The first thing Maureen asked me was whether
I could meet her again before returning home. So I returned to
Bournemouth the following Thursday and met Maureen at her house
where we talked for a while and where she prayed for me.
have passed since then now and I can't really say whether something's
changed. I'm still struggling at home when Heinzi turns crazy
and those "fruits" of my past are also still there.
I know I have to do something to be healed of those. Please pray
for my healing.
I know, for
some of you it will be quite strange what I experienced in Bournemouth.
Please, don’t judge without having tested everything! There
has already been a lot of emotional and physical healing.
So, then on
Wednesday, as the others were returning to Austria, I went to
Southampton again to meet Phil and spend some time with him. I
had the possibility to join there more CU activities where I learnt
a lot again. The next morning I went to Bournemeouth again, where
I had my appointment in the afternoon. In the evening I went to
a house group of Catia’s & David’s church. The
next morning I left for London where I stayed my last night with
good friends again, Patrick & Carol. I then met another good
friend, Nathan, with whom I spent a wonderful afternoon and evening,
discussing some things and talking about God’s work. Unfortunately
time was passing much too quickly. The next morning, on Saturday,
I had to leave my beloved England again, after two wonderful weeks.
I left so reluctantly, tears could have come to my eyes! I have
so many good friends in England and I want to thank all of you
for your friendship.
I was just
about to photocopy my News, when I realized that I had forgotten
to write about the trial the second of March! That’s what
I’m inserting now.
it should be the final trial at court. My mother and the two concerned
friends of mine were summoned to testify. A short summary to remind
you of what had happened. In 1992 those two friends (actually
one is a friend and I hardly know the other) and I, we booked
a holiday in Turkey. Then this girl I hardly know changed her
mind. Not finding somebody else and thinking that it would be
cancelled without paying the deposit, we didn’t contact
the travel agency. Two days before the booked flight they phoned
to tell us that the tickets were there. We refused to pay the
amount of 70% for cancellation, which would be 30.000 ATS / 3000
$ / 1900 £ / 15 000 FF. For some time we didn’t hear
from them as I hadn’t been of age (I signed the contract
two weeks before my 19th birthday). But they came back and insisted
on that money. As I have a legal costs insurance, a lawyer started
to prepare the first trial in June 1994. As I had been in Paris
when everything started to get worse, my mother had done everything.
Some minutes before the trial, I saw my lawyer for the first time.
He wanted me to lie so that we would win, but as I had already
told my mother before, I refused to do that. The lawyer told me
more or less that we would win for sure if my mother would say
that she was against this holiday or that she hadn’t even
known about it. I was glad that day that my mother didn’t
have to testify and my two friends didn’t have to come.
We then did a settlement and it was a real miracle how they accepted
an amount of 6500 ATS / 650 $ / 406 £ / 3250 FF; that’s
exactly a quarter of the whole (I had come to that amount through
prayer). During the whole time at court I had such a peace and
was totally confident, so that my mother asked me how that was
later the travel agency changed their mind (it was a conditional
settlement) so that we had to go to court again, paying everything
or nothing. The trial was fixed for the 6th of December but delayed
because of a change of judges some days before. This day was the
2nd of March then.
my two friends were there, too, and this time the leading lawyer
of the agency had come (as well as on the travel agency’s
side). Again I hadn’t met my lawyer before. First it was
just him and me who went into the room. Again I was totally calm
and rejoicing of what God was going to do. Again we were asked
to do a settlement. I hadn’t expected that. The travel agency’s
lawyer said he would at least want half of the whole amount (the
costs for the trials would be added). Then my lawyer proposed
10 000 ATS / 1000 $ / 625 £ / 500 FF. Then we left the room
to ask the others whether they would agree to pay a third of that
each – and they did. So we entered the room again and this
amount was accepted. We can even pay it in three installments.
That means 3333 ATS / 333 $ / 208 £ / 1666 FF over a period
of three months!
Now back to
Vienna. The first of March the new semester immediately started
for me. I chose 7 hours of physics, 2 of educational theory, 9
of French and the four hours New Testament Greek again. Meanwhile
I have had two weeks of theoretical physics and I had to make
a painful statement: I’m not able to finish my studies in
physics. I don’t have the mathematical skills, and there
is no way to get them, to go on studying. The first two years
of my studies, as I wasn’t a Christian yet, I have cheated
my way through all the calculation we had to do because I couldn’t
do it. Then I had a long period of not calculating at all and
now, as I had to do it, I realized I had so many gaps I could
never do it. That was really painful to admit that and to come
to the obvious conclusion to stop my studies of physics after
four years. The immediate following question was what to do instead.
So I started praying about it and considering the different possibilities.
First I stated that this change would mean at least one more year
of studies and so again a delay in going to Bible college and
finally to the mission field. I was thinking of two possibilities
whereas I am more fond of the second one: taking English instead
of physics and so studying French and English for teaching or
taking African studies instead of physics and so doing French
and African studies. Doing that I would have a good preparation
for my future ministry – and I love to study languages.
So I will do some enquiry about that. Of course I also considered
going to the Bible college earlier and although that’s my
greatest desire, I believe it to be better to stay some more time
in Vienna, especially serving God in the ÖSM, witnessing
among my friends and gaining more experience and knowledge about
that God would make it clear to me which way to choose. I can’t
change my studies before September anyway.
So, as I won’t
continue with those seven hours of physics I might possibly continue
my Italian course (if the time is convenient). Another “dream”
I realized this semester are my music courses. I wanted to start
them much earlier. I had seen more and more the necessity to improve
my piano and guitar skills, as well as to improve my voice. So
I started a guitar course and I am getting lessons from a friend
in piano and singing. I enjoy it very much! Then I’m doing
“my” Jazz-dance again I have been doing for three
we’ll have our annual general meeting at the observatory.
I had already decided a long time ago not to run for the leading
committee again. Now they tried to persuade me by telling me that
I would harm the association by not being in the committee any
more. I was glad that the Lord gave me full assurance of doing
the right thing (it would be morally impossible to keep this position
anyway). So I will just stay at the observatory to assist in guided
tours, I suppose. As I am very active in the ÖSM now, I need
this time for the ÖSM. And besides, I’m still giving
lessons to weak pupils (English, Maths, French, etc.).
realized that I haven’t seen many of my “old”
non-Christian friends for a long time. I saw that they would never
come to an ÖSM meeting or a Christian event and that it was
important to meet them in a neutral place, just to spend time
with each other and to talk. So I made it one of my main goals
this semester to meet one after another again. So far I have met
some people and had a good time. I’m happy that I’ll
soon be able to start my “traditional” games evenings
again where Christians and non-Christians come together to have
fun. That’s a great way of witnessing through living.
I nearly forgot
to tell you about another answer to your prayers. I had mentioned
that I was desperately looking for a prayer partner as I was painfully
aware of my being without any close friends with whom to share
and pray. Meanwhile I had given up my search. It was especially
difficult as I wanted to find somebody with the same theological
beliefs. Then there was a new IFES-team member coming from England
to join the ÖSM this semester. Her name is Louise and she
is just perfect to be my prayer partner! She’s now coming
to my church, the VCC, and we’ll meet once a week from now
on. One of the great things is that I can speak and pray in English
with her, as I prefer English to German. Thank you so much for
all your faithful prayers!
I just remembered
something else to tell you: Recently I have come more and more
to the conclusion that it’s not good to be in two churches
at the same time. So, the day will come when I’ll have to
leave one church (and I know already which one that would be).
At the moment it’s O.K. being in both although sometimes
I’m a bit discontent with that. Please pray for God’s
wisdom to show me when and where to go.
to the future. As I said, I’ll move into my flat the first
of April. Then there will be a conference at the Easter weekend,
in Vienna (!), called “JESUS FOR AUSTRIA ’95 –
Holy Spirit and Revival” where I’ll participate. Then
I won’t go to the worship-festival in Holland in May unfortunately
(too expensive) but in the second week of May we’ll have
“PRO CHRIST”, a big evangelistic campaign. Later in
May I’ll go to Graz for a weekend for the national ÖSM-training
weekend. The first weekend in June, I might go to a conference
in Bern/Switzerland. Then there will be a lot of exams in the
end of June before I’ll go to the ÖSM-conference in
the second week of July, where our leader Fred will speak for
the last time. Then I’ll either go to England or to Africa.
Today is the
24th and my News are still not photocopied and sent out to you.
I’m sorry for that. I’ve been very busy the last weeks
and then I had to realize that I had forgotten to write about
the trial – which is very important as you prayed so faithfully
for me. I want to thank all of you from my heart for your prayers
for that day. The Lord has really answered them.
is a prayer card for every single one who receives my News. Every
time you write me, I bring your card up to date by adding your
news and prayer requests. So don’t hesitate writing me things
to pray for. Then there are also cards for non-Christian friends.
I then divide the number of cards through seven so that everybody
is prayed for once a week (except my family – I pray for
them daily without cards). I then leave it up to God who my prayer
needs most that day as I’m choosing the cards by chance.
At the moment
there are about fifty people who receive my News, in England,
Austria, France, Germany, the States, Africa, Eastern Europe,
and not to forget in Australia. (That makes a total of about 70
cards.) But still there are few answers to my News. So please
write back, and if you have newsletters yourselves I’ll
be glad to receive them. A good possibility would be to write
me by internet. I’ve just received a connection. My email
looking forward to receive mails from you! Please don’t
forget to write me your email address.
are my plans for the near future. I know these were quite long
News but more than two months have passed since my last one. The
next will be quite shorter, I promise.
In case you
have already forgotten everything I wrote, here’s a short
the Lord for:
way He carried me through the exams
• two or more who became Christians at the ÖSM-camp
• for the Bible studies with Michi and Ansbert
• the provision of a room for the ÖSM
• for the new ÖSM-workers
• the end of the trial
• my flat
• the prayer of commitment of my grandparents
• what He did in England for me
• my prayer partner
father, that he would contact me
• my grandparents, that they would commit their lives totally
• the Bible studies with Ansbert and with Michi
• God’s healing of all of my emotions from my past
• the decision concerning my studies
• God’s leading concerning this summer
• the decision concerning my churches
• the start of my new life in the flat
it great that there are more things to praise God for than prayer
requests? Yes, God really was at work during the last two months
– as He always is.
as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe
yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and
patience.” (Col 3:12)
May you walk
in His Spirit day by day and become more and more like Him!
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