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As an Intern with the Launch program, you really get to see what missions life looks like on a day to day basis. For me, this has been from cleaning or preparing food, to putting together a lesson for the youth group. I have had the chance to learn that serving comes in many different forms, not just one area of life. On a larger scale, there are many opportunities here to care and invest in youth for Christ. With a very low percentage of Christ followers in Austria, encouraging those in their faith in order for them to reach their areas of influence is a huge key to reaching more people in Austria (and Europe) with God's hope. My desire is to see many young people strengthened in their understanding of who God is, and then in their own love for God to desire to and be able to reach out to their friends. I get to be able to do this through supporting local youth groups, small group bible studies, one on one mentorship and evangelism opportunities. Also by helping work with the camps here during the summer!
So a little bit about me. When I was 6 or so my parents decided to start looking for a new church. Something moved in their hearts when they realized they had only been in the church they were in because of their family background and not because they were really learning about God. God brought them to the church I had then 'grown up in,' so to say, and this is where my life changed. God used this church so much in my life, and this was where I had for the first time really heard what Christ has done for me on the cross. About a year after moving to this church I prayed with a leader after hearing the Gospel message, and accepted Christ as my personal Savior. From this day on I remember experiencing God's guidance and fellowship with Him as my Savior. Around the age 17 I began to think about my future job. I had no idea what I wanted to be or do. In this time God laid missions strongly on my heart, but this was hard for me because of my resistance to change and uncertainty. After running away from this idea for about a half a year, I gave in and allowed God to show me His way. I went on my first missions trip without my family with me the summer before my senior year in high school to Peru, where I had seen the need of others and began to trust that God can make a way for me to be able to do this as well. I then studied Intercultural Ministries at Moody Bible Institute-Spokane, when the campus existed, which gave me a foot into the world of missions and ministry. God again changed my heart during my time at Moody, and my heart began to grow more and more to reach the lost. At Moody I had a friend who had done youth camps in Austria, and a professor who had been a missionary there for 15 year. This led to an opportunity for me to go to Austria, where I learned of the spiritual situation in Europe, and which later led to me wanting to come back for a longer term. Bible school was also really a time of transformation for me through God's Word. This combined with good fun and Christian fellowship really pushed me further in my walk with God, and these are the aspects that I also see and love in Word of Life. God uses His Word to change hearts and lives, as He did my own, and my hope and prayer is that we can reach out more to the ones who are lost and have NOT heard this hope with the Gospel of Christ!
In 2017 I came to Austria for my first 2 year missionary term, and now am excited to be here again serving under Word of Life and the team here!
"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4