Sorry, I’m playing catch up with Neal and Lesley’s blog from last week. They managed to time their arrival to be just a week ahead of Martin and the building team so quite an unusual week at the Oasis I think. In the midst of a building site they still found time to minister to several though. Read their stories here: http://lesleyandneal.simplesite.com/441787942
Martin, Paul, Chris and Andy left yesterday and made it at least as far as the port! Presumably by this point they are actually in Austria but probably a bit tired from the journey.
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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
Lesley’s reflections from this week include drama, music, snow, paint and even a red nose. What are you doing still here?
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
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
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
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