Building team safely away

Rear door of van open to show all the supplies going to Oasis

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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Mid-way point on the expedition to Austria

Left to right Stu, Paul, Martin and Chris

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.

oasis building trip

clockwise from top: Chris, Martin, Paul and Stuart

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.

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