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  • Brenda Ziska September 2016 Prayer & Praise Letter

    Download Brenda Ziska's September 2016 Prayer & Praise Letter with photos here.

    Dear Praying Friends & Family,

    Thank you for your prayers this last month. I celebrated 40 years with Greater Europe Mission. It´s hard to believe, isn´t it? Some of you have been on our team through all 40 years. All I can say from Joe and I is a very big thank you for us and the Austrians.

    We´re looking forward to a busy fall with a new Bible Study beginning for seekers and young believers. I know you´ll enjoy reading about the “teenie” retreat we had last weekend and the other special prayer requests and praises for September.

    Let me know what special things you, your family and church will be doing this fall, so I can be praying for you, also.

    Love in Christ from Austria,

    Brenda Ziska

  • Brenda Ziska August 2016 Prayer Requests

    Here are our prayer requests for August:

    * Please continue to keep the Women´s Breakfast in Klosterneuburg in your prayers. We still haven´t found affordable facilities that are near or in Klosterneuburg and can hold at least 150 women. Thank you for praying for this important ministry to women who are without Christ in Klosterneuburg.

    * From August 18-20 we will be having a weekend “teenie” retreat with the young people from the children´s home. We and the children are excited about this opportunity the team will have to minister to the children. Just a reminder that two years ago the children at the Parkside Vacation Bible school gave the money that´s being used to pay for the housing and retreat. Again we want to thank you for this gift to the children in the children´s home. Pray that they might be open to hearing about God´s love for them.

  • Ziska July 2016 Prayer & Praise Letter

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    Dear Praying Friends,

    I want to wish my Canadian friends “Happy Independence Day” on July 1st and my American friends “Happy 4th of July!” I hope your summer has been nice so far. Ours is just turning warm.

    We´ve had some wonderful answers to prayer in June and some important prayer requests for the summer. Thank you for being a part of our ministry team here in Austria. I hope you enjoy the pictures I´ve included.

    Love from Austria,

    Brenda Ziska

  • Ziska June 2016 Prayer Requests

    * At the Woman´s Breakfast meeting we announced that this would probably be the last meeting we´ll be having. The restaurant manager had decided he no longer wanted to let us use his facilities. The price had become too much. Two of the women on the committee are willing to share the responsibility of running the committee, but we still haven´t found facilities that are near or in Klosterneuburg and big enough to hold 150 people that we can afford, especially if we serve breakfast. We have discussed changing the format of the meeting (no eating, just rows of chairs and a speaker, etc.). Please pray with us about this very effective evangelistic ministry. We want to do what God wants.

    * Thank God also for the follow-up meeting we had at the meeting place for our church - - 31 people came! Jonathan´s father, Walter Mauerhofer, who is a gardener and a church planter in Austria showed a beautiful power point presentation called “The 4 seasons of the Year.” It was scenery from Austria and Switzerland and amazing flowers from his garden from different seasons. The beautiful photography was accompanied by music and occasional verses talking about God the Creator.

  • Ziska May 2016 Prayer Requests

    Thank you for praying for all the legal and official affairs I´ve had to take care of. I just received word from the courts that all of our possessions are officially in my name, in particular our home and car. Gas, water, electricity, tv & radio, all types of insurance, and bank accounts will now be in my name. It´s all a new world for me, so I have really appreciated your prayers and the help of friends here and in America.

    Please continue to pray that I make my way through taxes in America and Austria. I´m very thankful to have two tax advisers, one in America and the other here in Austria. (We may have extra time with income tax, because we´re overseas.)

  • Ziska April 2016 Prayer & Praise Letter

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    Happy Easter

    ThankYou, Jesus, for all that You were willing to do that we might have forgiveness and the opportunity to become one of your children. Thank You for dying for us, for rising from the dead and giving us eternal life. As I watched Joe die, trapped in that bed and in that body, I understood in a new way what eternity with You meant. In a split second he was finally set free to go with You to heaven, springing and leaping like the man who was lame who You healed. For a moment in time I felt a wonderful joy when he was set free from the pain and tears.

    Thank You, Jesus, for the gift of eternal life that Joe is experiencing with You now at this Easter time. Amen.

  • Ziska April 2016 Prayer Requests

    Please pray for the people that were a part of our evangelistic study Joe led before we went on our Home Ministry Assignment. I invited them to our Easter outreach on March 27th and am going to invite the women to come to the Women´s breakfast in Klosterneuburg on April 9th. Pray that they consider wanting to start up the Bible study we had together with Joe.

    Pray for Karin Ebert who will be speaking on, “Values we want to give to the next generation – People are valuable and need values.” Please pray that many women will come to the breakfast on April 9th and learn about how much God values them. Although the nurse that Joe led to the Lord said she wanted to come, there may be some activity that will come in the way of her and her mother coming. Please pray that God makes it possible for her to come.

  • Ziska March 2016 Prayer & Praise Letter

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    Dear Praying Family & Friends,

    Joe and I helped start the church in Klosterneuburg, Austria. It has been and will be a privilege to continue helping this new evangelical church in Klosterneuburg. I am working with the leadership team in Klosterneuburg which includes Jonathan & Raphaela Mauerhofer and the rest of elders and their wives. Please be praying for us as we make plans together on how we can continue evangelistic outreaches into the community, particularly at Eastertime.

    Right now the church has around 30 people that usually come to church on Sunday along with a number of visitors that come occasionally. There are three Bible studies, 2 in Klosterneuburg and 1 in Vienna. I will continue to attend bi-weekly one home study and be a part of an evangelistic study for seekers. When Joe was unable to get out of bed, our evangelistic study stopped. The main family and different people from the study came and visited us and we had spiritual discussions, but that was as much as Joe was able to handle. I´m hoping to try to get the study started again or get the people that were a part of it to join another study. Please pray that they will be willing to continue studying God´s Word.

  • Brenda Ziska February 2016 Update

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    Download Jim Hatcher's letter here.

    Dear Praying Friends & Family,

    Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support in December and January. Many have asked me, “What´s next, Brenda?”

    I´m going to continue as a church planting missionary with Greater Europe Mission for four or five years in Austria. Greater Europe Mission has asked me to increase my ministries to include helping Jim Hatcher, our field director and our GEM mission team, in particular working with our newer women missionaries. I have attached Jim´s letter, so you can see his request and the reason why the mission would like me to continue working. Of course I will continue the ministries I had while Joe and I were working together. If you are willing, I would like to ask you to continue to support me as you can both financially &/or with prayer support. I know your hearts have been with God´s work here in Austria. Some of you have been a part of our team since Joe and I began in 1979.

  • Ziska Christmas Letter 2015

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    Merry Christmas from AUSTRIA

    December 2015

    Dear Praying Family & Friends,

    We celebrated Christmas on December 24th like the Austrians do. We´ll have to get used to being a family of three, opps, I mean five: Snowy & Misty (our rabbits) and Rambo (our lizard – pictured with Daniel & Joe). We missed Joe not being with us. Thank you so much for your prayers.