I have already been in Austria for 35 beautiful days! The first month was quite busy with helping the team of Moody students (the picture is of us at Schönnbrunn), finalizing some things at the University, and trying to meet up with my Austrian friends in the spare time. With the Moody group, we were able to meet with many local believers and either see their ministry or hear them talk about what they are doing. I think all of us walked away realizing that God works in so many different ways than we have seen in our own culture (as we were learning about both Austrian and Middle Eastern culture). For an example, we were able to hear a personal testimony from someone who use to follow Islam but after Jesus kept showing up in his dreams, he ended up searching for answers within his own religion and concerning the person of Jesus Christ. He now has a key role in a local church in Austria where he translates the message to the refugees and answers any of their questions. So yes, we learned a lot about ourselves, life in Austria, and how the same God in the U.S. is changing lives over here as well.
As this was my second time back in Austria (in the same area too), I wasn’t sure how I would feel being back. Of course I was excited to come back, but I was afraid that I might feel differently once I arrived.
But with each and every day, I can see myself growing more in love with the people, the culture, and even the language..well, at least most days with the language. Haha! It is hard for me to explain, but it is here where I feel like I’m challenged in all areas of life and where I am striving to live life to its fullest. And one of the key reasons is because we talk about Jesus…all the time. I really am surrounded by a group of people that are seeking Him and have a desire to get to know Him better. And this provides great opportunity to grow together.
And guess what?!? I got into the University of Vienna! Definitely freaked out…but just for a little bit. ; ) An acceptance letter from the university was the first big step and now proof of housing, health insurance, and funds are just naming a few amongst the visa requirements. Most of my days are filled with me developing relationships within the church and figuring out those lovely visa details. Through it all, I have been very thankful to be here and work on these things because a lot of the requirements I simply couldn’t fulfill in the states.
Lastly, when I was in the U.S. I have been led to believe through all of the government websites (no joke all) that I would have to apply for a visa in the U.S.; however, this is just not true. So I am striving to get all my ducks in a row before my three month period ends so I won’t have to return to the U.S…saving me around two thousand dollars : ) Yes, please! Haha.
Thank you so much for reading this update! Your support in reading my blog is an encouragement to me. Love you all!