A triumphant hope

Ali preaching at the Oasis Wednesday night meeting

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 heart

Read all about it at: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/437861226

Give thanks to the just judge

Oasis team, preparing Christmas gift bags for refugees

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

Every part has it’s role

View across Salzburg old town towards the snowcapped Alps.

Reading Lesley’s blog this week it seemed to me a real-life illustration of Paul’s insight about how God manages things so we each bring our specific gifts and talents to build the church:

But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 1 Corinthians 12:18

I hope it inspires you to praise and intercession: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/437587492

And sorry, this is the unexpected bonus from week 9: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/437498375

Similar but different

river side view

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

Ever heard the parable of the toy boat?

Neal and Lesley Grindrod

This week may have seen the monthly ‘stock-take’ closure of the Oasis clothing room and a public holiday in Austria but was not, I think, any less busy for all that.

As you catch up on Neal and Lesley’s diary please do continue to pray that they have wisdom and stamina for their work and consolation at being away from home and loved ones.

Oh and the boat? Read on at: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/437290359

The latest Oasis post is in!

Neal and Emmanuel enjoying some Connect 4

As mentioned last time Neal and Lesley have had visitors hence the bumper post this week. Whilst the leaves are still falling back in Corsham, plans are already well underway for some Christmas joy to share with the refugees: Click to read about Weeks 5 & 6

A busy week…

A letter to Oasis from an Eastern-European lady

Catch up on some of the people Lesley introduced us to last week (sorry for no re-post on the CBC site, maybe you should read here before going on).

Then on to a big Wednesday when Neal gave an address in six-languages; and some dancing that was truly the oil of joy instead of mourning (Isaiah 61), a glimpse of the “day of the Lord’s favour” surely.

And that’s just half-way through the week, be sure to read (and watch) to the end: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/436990349

Hitting the (Austrian) ground running …

Room full of people listening to Ali preach in Farsi and German with Russian translation by Leila

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