Jim and Brenda Brosch
Serving in Vienna, Austria
and beyond
Back in Vienna!
Thirty-eight hours one New Year's Eve...
Dear Friends and Family,
Our trip back to Vienna and Visa office "camp-out"  went quite well.  THANK YOU for your prayers!

We had an exciting start to 2014!  On December 31st about 3 pm,  we were finishing up a time of prayer with the Vienna team, when Tim Ford received a text saying there were people already in line at the MA-35!!  Yes, 38 hours before the Immigration office opened, the line to turn in paperwork had already started forming on the sidewalk.   Matt Eck and Russ Clowdus (our teammates) rushed to the Immigration office while Tim Ford and Jim retrieved our heavy coats from storage!  So as New Year's celebrations and fireworks turned the city into what sounded like a war zone,  our Visa application adventure began.....

We were numbers 20 and 21 on the list and needed to be among the first 60. 
The List!
However, the infamous lawyer, who is there every year, was first in line, holding an "undisclosed" number of applications.  We are praying that even with his questionable practice, our applications will be among the sixty that Vienna accepts. Among the applicants were other missionaries, Middle Easterners and others, seeking to live in Vienna for various reasons. 

The temperatures were
Some of the applicants waiting in line outside the immigration office
mild for Vienna (upper 30's, low 40's) which was a blessing.   It was a good time of fellowship with the other missionaries plus opportunity to shine the light of Christ
Lori Ford and Kasey Krominga - there to help
to the unbelievers in the group.

In the final hour,  there was a little excitement when an additional lawyer suddenly showed up and demanded to be first in line.  There was some shouting and police involvement which worried us for a little bit.  Then Russ, who was there with us, said "Let's pray real quick!"  We three bowed our heads and Russ prayed for God's intervention.  It was a matter of minutes before the new lawyer simply walked away.  
Finally Inside

Tim Ford - took night shifts and cleaned up outside after they let us inside the building.
All in all, it was a good experience! It was a great reminder of the power of prayer and the blessing of being part of a supportive team!
Russ Clowdus, Matt Eck
With us on the final stretch
As you stood with us in prayer,  they stood with us on the street.  God provided for us in all things,  even those things we didn't even know we needed.   What an amazing illustration of God's people working together, both near and far!

In the picture below, we are with the infamous "first in line" lawyer.  We pray that we represented our Lord well to him.  The two men in the background are both missionaries.  They are seeking, along with us, to bring the light of Jesus Christ into this country. 
The Lawyer

Please continue to pray for us, as we settle in and seek God's direction in all things.  It generally takes 2-3 months to hear the results of a Visa application.  We are praying for quick resolution, in God's perfect timing.  In the meantime, there's work to be done!  Pray for us as we seek to find our brothers and sisters who are yet to hear the gospel!

Prayer Requests
Please lift us up when the Lord brings us to your mind!  Please pray:
  • For our Visa to be approved quickly.
  • That we see with spiritual eyes the needs around us.
  • That we walk boldly, with faith and trust, through the doors God opens.
  • That we find affordable housing in the area where God would have us live.   
  • That God provides on an ongoing basis for our monthly financial needs.   
  • For God to equip us to develop relationships in this new culture. 
  • We thank God always that YOU are with us in this mission!  
  • We thank God for mild temperatures and a supportive team during our "Visa Camp-out."
  • We are praising Him for additional support and supporters who God has added to our team!  
  • Last, but not least, we were blessed to have an impromptu visit from these special friends earlier this week.  We are thankful for our friends, Greg and Diane Pihl, (plus Amy behind the camera!) for encouraging us and loving us so well!    










We love you and appreciate you more than words can express!  May God richly bless you in 2014, as we all expectantly move forward on our respective adventures with God!


In Christ Jesus our Lord,


Jim and Brenda  

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