A quick update from Austria as we approach the midway point:
Day 3 report from The Oasis. After working two long days well into the evenings we are making good progress and now believe we can complete the task before us. The Oasis team have made us very welcome and send blessings and thanks to all at CBC. Today we start tiling floors and walls before fitting shower toilet and basin. Thanks for all the prayer support.
Martin, Chris, Paul and Stu
Good to see you’ve made time for a quick game of Tetris Chris! 😉
Please keep praying for the CBC team, the Austria team and indeed all the refugees that will be without their regular programme this week.
Chris,Martin, Paul and Stuart left at 4 this morning to spend the week on some much needed refurbishments at the Oasis’s refugee accommodation.
Please pray for them and the team already in Austria this week.
Also, a reminder that tomorrow (Monday) at 7:45pm is our monthly prayer for mission and persecuted church at Priory Street.
This week, in a change of style, Lesley and Neal share a quite extraordinary set of stories of those they have met. In paragraph after paragraph we see people that have endured physical and emotional hardships we can only guess at. Yet joy and hope jump out of the page. I don’t think I can put it any better than Lesley:
As you read, please pray that each person who’s story we’ve shared will find all their needs met and their hopes fulfilled as they learn more about Jesus, and to put their trust in Him and His eternal, incomparable and unconditional love for them
Read all about it at: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/437861226
Thanksgiving celebrations at Oasis this week, as many other places. It sounds like the team had a great time of bonding together amongst their preparations for the Christmas events that will follow shortly. Witness the culmination of the ladies gift and updates on several of the people Lesley and Neal have introduced us to over previous weeks.
As you read, please also pray for these folks, for the perseverance spoken about in the parable of the unjust judge (Luke 18:1-8) and for them to experience the power of God, the just judge: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/437696944
This week Neal & Lesley have been reflecting on different rhythms to life in Austria. As you read through their news of this week please pray not only for ‘F’, ‘M’ and family but also that Neal and Lesley will be refreshed by a little time out and return with renewed energy for their work: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/437379132
Sorry for the terrible pun… This week’s update sees not only an absorbing a game of Connect 4 but also connections with a range of individuals. Read their stories here Week 2 and please pray that they will connect with Jesus too.
As most of you will know, we fare-welled Neal and Lesley recently as they returned to Austria after their trip last year to spend four months working with the Oasis Refugee Ministry in Traiskirchen, just south of Vienna.
It certainly sounds like they’re right back in the thick of it with powerful stories of love and tragedy already, but don’t take my word for it, read for yourself: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/435831945
In their latest post, Neal and Lesley reflect on meeting, befriending and bidding farewell to people in a matter of weeks. Yet due to the circumstances these brief encounters are intense, and one hopes, life changing. A real case of John 4:37-38 that one sows and another reaps.
Read the full story here: http://nealandlesley.simplesite.com/431415350
If you haven’t heard, Joan and Louise visited Oasis last week; they’re back now so after you read their testimony in the blog why not ask them about their trip when you next see them?
Meanwhile, in this week’s update Neal and Lesley continue to ‘put themselves out there’ for God’s people. There is both joy and sadness in an update from H, who you will remember as the lady lost her son to drowning on the journey to Austria in a previous post. About of the photo accompanying this post Lesley explains:
“H’s kiddies wanted me to try on her beautiful new scarf while we waited for her return from the health centre. I just love these innocent little ones, caught up in such turmoil, pain and heartache through no fault of their own. They’re so very, very precious xx”
Here is the full story: http://nealandlesley.simplesite.com/431200758