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Why he is here? Well, his sister had told him he should go. She has been here before. That‘s what one of the teens said on Sunday, when the team arrived in our community. The following day he mentioned, he might as well go home. „I‘ve already experienced so much more than I expected to! If you don‘t encounter God here I don‘t know where you will!“ Those were his words after our first communal time in the house of prayer. At the end of his stay he was overwhelmed and explained how he immediately could tell that „within these walls something is completely different“. „I totally received the Holy Spirit!“, he went on astonished and reported how he started praying in tongues.
And that is just ONE story. One of the teen girls rejoiced how freeing the gift of praying in tongues is, which she had received, and also the third experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
But it is always most beautiful to hear testimonies in their original, so read for yourself what Christfried, the team leader has to say:
„The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy!“ Psalm 126.3
It is pretty hard to put into words, what we were able to go through together with the FCJG / Help Family in a week led by the HOLY SPIRIT. The best summary is a verse out of Psalm 126: " The LORD has done GREAT things".
Summer-Mission-Tour-Vienna, that sounds quite big and powerful, but at a glance it is small and unimpressive. Two ministers and three teens with the gospel of JESUS on their hearts, heading out from the Erzgebirge and Stuttgart to Vienna: To herald the gospel, pray for the city and to be led by the HOLY SPIRIT. In the eyes of the world this is ridiculous. But this has always been a precept of GOD: "that HE chose the weak things of the world" (1 Cor 1.27) to reveal HIS power. We were able to live out this precept once again together in this week.
- Worship over the city Worship over the city
- Blessing Vienna Blessing Vienna
- A great bunch of people A great bunch of people
A place of the presence of GOD
The FCJG House in Vienna is a truly holy place, that is brimming with loving hospitality. A huge thank you to you, FCJG Family Vienna!
How overwhelming where the encounters the teens had in the house of prayer. To receive words from GOD that go right into the heart! To receive gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT! We could all get touched deeply by JESUS, rejuvenating our love for HIM anew.
- Good fellowship Good fellowship
- In the house of prayer In the house of prayer
- At the feet of Jesus At the feet of Jesus
Bringing JESUS to the streets
What had to be most memorable experience must have been to worship JESUS together in the forecourt to the railway station and to bring the love of GOD to the streets. HIS presence filled the place and it was a pleasure to pray for people there.
The stories GOD authored in these times were extraordinary: the little girl that gave her life to JESUS, Computer Scientist that longed for a purpose to live, the joyless woman, who laughed with us after prayer.
On this day I (Christfried) got to experience, how JESUS himself put the right words in our mouths at the right time. Never before had I preached without a sheet in my hand, but there in the middle of the street the HOLY SPIRIT supplied the words. Words directly from the father's heart: "I love you", this is the gospel.
That is how we got to see how "the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it" (Mark 16,20)
- Worship on the street Worship on the street
- Bringing the love of God to the people Bringing the love of God to the people
- Christfried preaching - without any notes Christfried preaching - without any notes
To be a missionary doesn't require something big, no special education, no minimum age, no special qualities. The only thing that is required is a love toward JESUS and the readiness to go.That's it. That is what we went through in these days in Vienna. Thank you JESUS!
We'll be back, Vienna!
In Saxon, our dialect, we would say: "risch subbor" (really super) ;-)
Gerda, Annabell, Moritz, Rebekka, Christfried
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Either »rolling« or on a »comedown«When I was 19, I went through a failed suicide attempt. After that my social circles were continually getting darker and the drugs got harder. When I happened to be sober I generally escaped from reality by means of the internet. I was continually partying, spending my time either »rolling« or on a »comedown«. At this point, I was cool to the outside world and had the things the world has to offer. For some odd reason I was ashamed for what I had been doing, never truly feeling at peace in my heart. My pursuit for truth was growing and I got awfully curious when I realized how bible prophecies are supernaturally accurate.
The BibelI prayed to God: »If you want me to know you, you have to make a way for me to read the whole bible.« As if that would happen … I worked two jobs and spend my time outside. A few days later, out of nowhere, while I working, I had a testicular torsion. It required surgery, leaving me in bed for two months. With my new bible, that is. Alright, so God had spoken clearly enough and I had almost worked my way through his word in that time. But I didn't exactly feel like changing my lifestyle and so as soon as I got better, I called up my friends making plans for a big party. Towards the end of the night at 8:00 AM, after having had many chances to turn back, and just before I would have done a huge mistake, it happened. A testicular torsion on the other side.
Jesus couldn't have told me any clearer: »Don't follow your lust, follow me.« In the days leading up to the next surgery, I used a Youtube video to give my life to Jesus. I pleaded with God: »Alright, I'll do your will, but don't make me go through all that pain again!« Not only was I feeling as great as never before, but the surgery was pain-free. In the following time I quit using substances, clubbing and other dark past time habits. During this I didn't go through an inner conflict or withdrawal symptoms – Jesus had saved me.
Google itThen I wanted to meet other people who got to experience God as I did. I prayed about it and went for a walk. I saw the HELP-FCJG sign and got curious what it was. A google search and a phone call later, I knew that the following day I would attend their church service. There I experienced the presence of God like never before and understood that this is the place Jesus wants me to be. The next step was my water baptism in the Danube River, and shortly after, I moved in with HELP-FCJG and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit there. Each day I learn to live by God's will - to be free. To my great joy, I can now share with my family, friends and strangers (e.g. when we do outreaches) of what Jesus has done in my life and how great he and his love are. It's always awesome when people encounter Jesus regardless of what they used to believe. I have seen people getting healed by the name of Jesus on several occasions, finding hope in hopeless situations and starting their new lives as children of God. Today I am happier than ever without all those things that used to hold me down. Thank you, Jesus!
Steve, 21 years old
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And it has been the most beautiful time of evangelism I've ever been in. It was really special. A lot of our evangelism times before has almost been like performance, but this was like a complete act of worship. It was just beautiful to see that people were drawn by the Spirit of God. It wasn't anything that we were doing, but just the presence of God.«
Into worship»This deep and intimate worship we experienced here made evangelism just so much easier and more natural. The way you worship here really deeply effects like every part of my life, but especially going out doing evangelism.«
Life changing»For me it has just been really kind of life changing being here. It's amazing how present the Holy Spirit is in this place. I have never been involved with or even seen anything like how you worship. It is the farthest thing from my comfort zone, but I was so drawn in by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
When I started this program I told myself that I would not join in skits, I would not sing or dance in public and I would not share my testimony. Well that all changed here. It was amazing: I felt so free in the Holy Spirit that I danced and sang loud. I even gave a couple of testimonies at the mic. I have stepped completely out of my comfort zone and God has moved mountains in my life.«
Without fear»Coming here absolutely changed a lot. There were a lot of firsts like first time singing a spontaneous song or sharing on the streets. A lot of fear has gone.«
Where the Spirit of the Lord is…We heard testimony over testimony like those from the participants of the DTS (Discipleship Training School) from Perth/Australia. For four days the 14-person team from YWAM (Youth With A Mission) was living and going with us into the presence of God as well as to the streets. Every testimony is unique, everyone experienced God in those days in a different way and very personally. And still one thing is somehow conspicuous: Everyone is telling of the powerful worship times, of the presence of the Holy Spirit, how He has changed them and how they experienced release to proclaim the gospel.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor 3.17). We've heard or maybe even proclaimed that verse already so often. And how wonderful is it to really experience it and to see how young people get transformed and released in the presence of God indeed.
Love wants to get out!
Actually everything is quite simple. When we come together in His presence to worship Him, the Holy Spirit gives something to everyone: a new song, a bible verse, a dance... And by simply going with what he has given us, he comes with freedom and confirmation into our lives, ignites our heart even more for Himself and for what is on His heart. And a heart which is ignited by Him cannot hold back, cannot stay at home to worship Jesus only there, but it is pushing out, into the width, into the highways and hedges, into the cities, to the people. Because Jesus shall be exalted there as well. Because Jesus is Lord and King there as well. And because he will draw everyone to Himself where He is exalted. Why worship in our church buildings only? Jesus belongs to the streets! Where we worship something changes. In ourselves, but also in the spiritual realm, the atmosphere changes, cities and people get changed.
Simple.During one of our outreaches a 13-year old Muslim girl was standing with us for several minutes, drawn by the presence of God. She confessed that she didn't believe in Jesus, but that our singing was just so beautiful and that she sensed a difference. The Holy Spirit. It is Him drawing people, it is Him working healing. So one woman whose leg pain was healed asked us quite astonished, if that healing will stay forever. Yes, that is the love of God for the people out there and it's this love that eventually makes it easy for us to proclaim the gospel. Out of His presence, out of the intimate heart to heart worship, it's not hard work anymore, it's not exhausting or an annoying performance of duty anymore, but just the absolutely most natural thing. Because we are moved by His heart. By His love for this world, which we were able to experience ourselves. And because there is no fear anymore, but freedom in the Holy Spirit. The confidence that He is with us when we go or rather the confidence that it is HIM doing the things. In the complete dependency to the Holy Spirit, there is no fear of making mistakes anymore. Because HE is doing the things. And the more we know Him and surrender ourselves to His presence the more we experience that release and how He is working through us in power.
Do you know… the Holy Spirit?That's what the team from Perth experienced, that's what we want to capture here more and more and that's for you as well! You're longing for a vivid relationship to the Holy Spirit and you want to get to know Him better? You want to experience how he leads you in worship and sets you free? You want to have a heart for evangelism and you're longing for His power to flow through you?
Holy Spirit I want to know you as you are. Fill me completely and change my heart. Amen.
If you would like to experience that and grow in community, you're also very welcome to join at our place! Just message us here in Vienna/Austria, in Lüdenscheid/Germany or in one of our other international bases (depending on where you are living) and come around!
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We take any opportunity to celebrate and invite everyone who wants to join us. And we literally have all reason to celebrate ... even more: We are celebrating something wonder-ful and you are warmly invited:
In 2018 we are celebrating our 30th anniversary:
... 30 years of God's faithfulness, divine provision, many healings, deliverance and life-changing decisions of people to follow Jesus.
... 30 year great and fruitful relationships to the body of Christ in Austria.
... 30 years of ministry to God's glory.
All of this and even more we want to celebrate with all friends - and therefore you are all warmly invited!
How it all beganIn 1987, Walter Heidenreich was invited by YWAM Austria to minister in an evangelistic crusade in Vienna. On the last day of the crusade, one well-known Austrian Christian leader, Johannes Fichtenbauer, called FCJG prophetically to Vienna: »Come and help us!« This call was supported by another 20 leaders and pastors of different denominations in Vienna and became at the same time a commission. This call didn't trail off unheard. Only about a year later, a team was getting ready in Lüdenscheid for the commission ahead of them and left for Vienna! They were sent from Lüdenscheid to Vienna to exalt Jesus in the city as well as throughout the nation, to advance God's kingdom and to set the captives free. To this day we are determined to fulfill this commission in all faithfulness and with dedication.
The anniversaryWe are opening our life-worship-prayer-center on Saturday, June 2, 2018 between 4:00 PM through 10:00 PM for anybody. Together with many guests of honour, friends, former rehab guests and partners who have walked and worked alongside us and still do so we are celebrating this awesome anniversary.
Furthermore, we have invited some very special guest from Germany: Walter Heidenreich as president of HELP International and FCJG Lüdenscheid as well as the international HELP-FCJG leadership, Petra Feddersen and Birgit Janke. They will speak and minister during the anniversary. Furthermore, we are looking forward to welcoming Petra Feddersen & Friends with whom we are creating and experiencing »Tengerin Doo Worship«. This whole day is about the ONE whom we owe everything: Jesus! We are looking forward to great worship times during which we certainly want to thank God for what he is doing and for his faithfulness, but most of all for his name's sake - simply because he IS. He deserves our praise, all worship and honour. His is always worthy to be worshiped.
Please contact us and let us know if you want to come. We are looking forward to seeing you!
Anniversary OutreachesThere is tradition and there is very good tradition: Everything we are doing today started 30 years ago because of an outreach to Vienna ... and God has created something precious and marvelous out of it. Therefore, we are doing evangelistic outreaches in Vienna and its surrounding cities and places on occasion of our 30th anniversary, and we will partner in this with YWAM as well as with local churches.
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Light in darkness"I was really not aware, how Muslim Bosnia is" This sentence was heard repeatedly from one or the other member of our team. There is a mosque next to each school, everywhere you can see the minarets towering up into the sky. You can't just go to the streets and worship Jesus in public or preach the gospel. But above all this stands God and his light shines in darkness. How wonderful it was to hear Jesus meet Muslims and make them passionate followers and see small churches burgeoning and hungry for more from our living God.
"It was a privilege to get to know all these people, worship with them, strength and encourage them in their faith. Hearing their stories elevated me extremely" – Tobi, Vienna
EncourageSpiritual encouragement and confirmation from gods speaking was also received by a group of American missionaries. "Bosnia is well known as a graveyard for missionaries" – with this statement was our meeting rung, there was no sign of discouragement at the end any more. Thankfulness, hope and vision filled the room.
Worship as a key
Also our south-American missionaries/friends Oscar and Dania, who invited us, were happy and encouraged. Their aim among others is to establish a house church and it felt like it already started, when we were celebrating worship service with Bosnian friends in their garden. One special spiritual moment was, when during our worship under open sky a muezzin started to sing and at the same time the church bells rang, while a Bosnian was praising Jesus passionate and full-throatedly in her local language. That night something happened in the spiritual world!
"I feel that worship in truth and in spirit is a key for Bosnia. It was really special how just in worship so much encouragement was released. Worship times like these are very rare there because most of the ones we met cannot play an instrument. I firmly believe God wants to use us there to train His church in worship." – Franz, Vienna
Bosnia needs Jesus!It was also special to visit the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and perceive spiritually. The Yugoslavian war is still present here, you can see a lot of monuments and the atmosphere is marked by mistrust and a clinging to the past. Bosnia needs healing, restoration and reconciliation - Bosnia needs Jesus! And Bosnia is on Jesus' agenda! He has salvation, healing and true peace for this wonderful country – Hallelujah!
"One of my highlights was to preach the gospel in one of the slums at people who live by collecting garbage. Afterwards a woman was healed from shortness of breath and could even dance through the room." – Sandi, Vienna
"I was extremely exhausted and tired before I was on the road with the team. Although I was translating a lot, I was totally refreshed and encouraged at the end of the three days. Even my Muslim girlfriend asked me in amazement that I was suddenly so fresh." - Azemina, Zenica/Bosnien
We are totally grateful and encouraged by this time, all the open doors and hearts and are very excited about what God has in mind. We definitely believe that it was not the last time we were there and we have a great vision for further outreaches and workshops.
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EuropeAt this year’s Austrian National Day, 300 Christians from Vienna gathered to pray for the country and our government. Walter led the congregation into prayer for revival in Europe. His ministry time ended with personal blessings especially for those pastors and leaders present and who are getting ready to be carriers of revival in Austria and Europe.
Apostolic TeachingWe invited people to attend a seminar at the IHOP Vienna (prayer house). Arne Schulz, Janina Mahrt and Irene Heidenreich led us to worship God in the freedom of the Holy Spirit and create this time together. Tengerin Doo worship (Mongolian for »Sound of Heaven«) created an atmosphere where the apostolic teaching of Walter Heidenreich fell into open hearts where it started to move and work. Everyone of the 100 participants was touched and encouraged by the power of God and his love. Two participants responded to the urging of the Holy Spirit and got baptized in our bathtub right on the spot ... And so much more happened ...
First hand experience»The Holy Spirit touched me so deeply. For the first time in my life I experienced what it feels like to be a child.« (Heidi, 58 years old)
»I experienced the Holy Spirit's power and laughed so hard and passionately. A deep inner joy rose up within, which I haven’t had in many years.« (Irma, 24 years old)
»At Apostolic Teaching I experienced the Father heart of God and His love for me and other people so strongly. It released me to serve others in love.« (Julia, 27 years old)
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Here, spiritual leaders from Austria share how the ministry of HELP-FCJG Vienna has become a blessing for them personally, their ministry and the whole of Austria.
»Our friends of HELP-FCJG Vienna are a real blessing for Vienna and for us. We value their zest for life, hospitality and helpfulness, but above all their love for Jesus and their passion to make His name known. We look forward to the next 30 years with you. Much blessings!«
Harald Höllermann (Leader of Youth with a Mission Austria)
»Even before I came to Vienna, a brother told me about FCJG and encouraged me to go their place. It was easy, because at a first meeting of the Evangelical Alliance, I got in touch with Paul Maurer via the FCJG information booth. Later, I got to meet Franz and his dear wife Melanie. Since I have been in Vienna, I feel wonderfully connected to them, yes, even more, FCJG has become family to me. A place of refreshment, worship and constant search for the kingdom of God. The FCJG is a strong bridge builder and networker for the people of God. Many young people have experienced renewal and got equipped. The FCJG is a big blessing for the city. If you weren't there, someone would have to invent you. May the Lord Jesus continue to bless your path and that many more people will be blessed by your ministry.«
Sascha Becker (Leader of YMCA Vienna)
»Thinking back of the beginnings of FCJG in Vienna and how God opened the doors for them to serve the needy and addicted, makes my heart rejoice. Even more I recognize God's fingerprint on this ministry, when I look at their development to this day. With them, a verse in the Bible is no longer just a verse when I read: »God is my provider.« A ministry that is indispensable for Vienna. God bless and good luck for the future.«
Pastor Karl Peloschek (Christians in Vienna)
»I am glad that the FCJG has been in Vienna for 30 years and how much our Lord Jesus has accomplished through your work. Above all, our joint evangelistic outreaches have always encouraged me greatly, and I thank you for supporting and praying for our common heart to bring God's word to the people of this city. I and all friends as well as members of the EA Vienna wish you Gods rich blessing, perseverance and strength for your future work.«
Günter Körber (President of the Evangelical Alliance Vienna)
»As Vienna Christian Center, we congratulate the FCJG on occasion of their 30th anniversary! We are glad to have you and for the wonderful and fruitful co-operation in all these years. Your commitment is always encouraging and refreshing!«
Pastor Gerhard Kisslinger (Vienna Christian Center)
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The students were just ready - so ready. Prior to going on outreach to Austria they prayed and asked the Holy Spirit what he anticipated to do in those two weeks. Of course, we made plans and set a schedule, however, God then showed us very spontaneously where else he wanted us to go, where to worship, where to pray, etc. These two weeks were powerful and filled with great encounters!
The »Prater«One thing the Holy Spirit spoke to the students, was to worship in Vienna's historical Ferris wheel - known as the »Prater«. We rented two cabines and more than 40 people went round and around while praying and singing prophetically over Vienna, blessing the city, its people and declaring God's presence and dominion!
Leopoldsberg»A white house above Vienna« ... another impulse. Okay, where is the house? When God says something like this, then he has a plan and who would know Vienna better than HIM? Together with the whole gang we went up to the Leopoldsberg - a lookout point over the city - and declared from there God's truths over the city. So powerful ...
IHOP ViennaThe REVIVAL SCHOOL students also supported us during our regular discipleship training at the IHOP Vienna. Many young Vienneses came, got encouraged and equipped. Some received the baptism of the Holy Spirit! Thank you, Jesus!
One great side effect: All these young Vienneses heard about the REVIVAL SCHOOL, for the students shared from their lives and what God has done, how he changed them ... Hearing such awesome and sometimes dramatic stories creates hunger for more and especially to experience this for yourself.
EvangelismBesides the many worship and prayer outreaches, we also did two evangelistic outreaches taking the Good News of God's love to the people in the city. We are so grateful that through these outreaches people gave their lives to Jesus and invited him to be their Redeemer and Lord!
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However, the best is that in the midst of this great happening, many people have personal encounters with God. We prayed for innumerable. People were deeply touched by God's love. Those who came with pain experienced release and seven people gave their lives to Jesus. So awesome - thank you, Jesus!
So wonderful and so simple»God broke my heart for Austria and the people of Vienna. Compelled by his love I felt an urge to pray and bless the people who came to the jumble sale. There were two teenagers in particular, 15 and 16 years old. I prayed for them and shared the Gospel message. Upon that, first the boy invited Jesus into his life and then the girl. Both were deeply moved in their hearts. So wonderful and so simple.« (Kevin)
Outstanding»Suddenly there was this tall man - he was outstanding. Interested and in awe he watched at how Kevin prayed for a young man. I approached him and we talked. I shared Jesus and my testimony with him, and I could pray for him. He was so open and ready and gave his life to Jesus.« (Gianni)
Well of Healing»We prepared a place at a well in our years; a oasis with two benches where people could take some rest, and all the time we had wonderful encounters there. Isabelle, an elderly lady from the neighbourhood, got healed of severe back pain. »I sense that you are connected to God«, she said afterwards full of gratefulness. Another elderly lady was free of stomach ache after prayer, and here knees were also better. Thank you, Jesus!« (Franz)
We specially want to thank the Wiedenhof team that came from Germany to support and help us - by lending a hand and in the spirit. You are awesome!