Today (Monday) we set out early to travel to a pension in Bruck an der Mur. Refugees tend to be dispersed throughout Austria while waiting for their decision, and are often housed in run down pensions. This one was once the station hotel, but now looks very tired indeed.
We drove around 100 miles, the latter half of which was through some of Austria’s rather stunning mountain motorways which wind around the hills and mountains and regularly pass through long motorway tunnels.
The reason for the journey was to deliver a car load of clothing for the Refugees housed in the pension. Having made our delivery and met the FCR representative for the region (Augustine) N*n* chatted to refugees in English, German, French, and Russian before we began the journey back towards Vienna. (Oh to be a linguist!)
We drove straight back to central Vienna to collect a load of Bibles from the Austrian Bible Society who have been a great blessing and good friends to Nana’s ministry. This time we collected 450 or so Bibles in English, French and German, along with children’s material in Russian.
I asked N*n* how long these latest supplies would last. “Oh – a couple of months” he replied.
N*n* and the FCR have become very significant distributors of Bibles in Austria. Over the last couple of years the estimate he gave me was 6000 Bibles given to refugees in different languages.
When we got back to the house the Bibles needed to have the sticker identifying the Bible as a gift from the Austrian Bible Society placed inside the front cover, so the front room was turned into a factory for an hour or so while this was done, and even the children helped!
I found myself praying over the Bibles as I placed the sticky label in them. Life is hard for refugees in Austria, but there is an amazing openness to the Word of God. I found myself praying that God would open the eyes of those who read the Bibles that we were preparing to the glory of Jesus Christ.
The story I hear repeated time and again from N*n* is of those who come to Austria and loose everything they count precious and then discover the one who is most precious.
It’s been good to see N*n* and the Family again, and hear what God has been doing in his life. His love for the Lord and passion for the gospel is a great encouragement. I pray that God will continue to bless and provide for his ministry.
I’m looking forwards to being home tomorrow and seeing the family though!