Saturday, April 20, 2019

2019 WorldVenture Team Retreat

We just got back from our annual Spring Getaway, a 4 day retreat for our WorldVenture Team Austria. We were blessed with several special guests at our retreat this year...

  • our speakers for the week were former missionaries to Austria. They were a big surprise for our supervisors, who are retiring this year!
  • a visitor on a vision trip who is considering long term service in Austria
  • a couple who works at WorldVenture headquarters in CO but was travelling Europe visiting community centers. This couple also used to serve in Germany and attended the Austria Team retreat!
  • a couple from Ireland who will be our new supervisors when our other team members retire
It's a tradition for our team to keep the schedule light, so the week is truly restful for everyone there. We spent the mornings hearing from our guest speakers and then taking turns sharing with each other about our previous year and praying for each other. Afternoons and evenings were free for outings and games. The weather was beautiful, and it was truly a wonderful week together. I am so thankful for our WorldVenture Team!

Here are some highlights from our week together:

Joe and Calla Jean Wright, our speakers for the week

Team prayer times

Our sharing time

Playing near the lake

The girls loved just throwing rocks into the lake over and over again!

There's a special bond between these two!

My favorite little people being themselves!

The whole group!

Mütternander 2019 - Changing the World

After 9 months of planning and preparations, this year's 2019 Mütternander Conference was a huge success! This year's "Mama's Day Out" brought together 250 moms for a day at a church in Baden. The theme was "changing the world" and the main speaker, Jill Savage, how we can influence the world through our relationships and parenting. It was truly a blessed day, and it was a privilege to watch women connect and be encouraged. I am especially thankful for the chance to work together with 7 other amazing moms in putting this day together. I'm so thankful for our team and the great way we collaborated together on this conference, as well as the friendships that have come out of it!

Here are a few photo highlights from this great day!

Friday, March 29, 2019

Photo Update

It's been hard to keep up with life and blogging recently. We apologize for the hiatus! Here are some photos highlights from the last two months of life and ministry:

Sledding at a ski hill - a fun family outing!

Sledding fun

Biologist Wolfgang Palme giving a lecture about vegetables. He talked about the Creator behind a diverse creation. It was a great way to reach out to friends and neighbors and make new contacts.

Skye and Ariel, celebrating "Fasching" (Mardi Gras)

Jill and Mark Savage, teaching a marriage workshop during their visit to Vienna. Bethany planned three weekend workshops while they were in town and 75 couples attended!

Ice skating date night

Our small group prayer time. Our group had added new members recently!

The precepts bible study course that Nate has been co-teaching at church

Nate attended a church planter training event and was really encouraged by the creative new ideas they shared!
Thanks for your prayers for us and the work we are doing here!