The Austrian Baptist Union has long been a partner and friend with Virginia Baptists. We have shared mission and ministry in many different opportunities over the years. Our current focus with them is in the area of refugee ministry.
“Every person who comes through the door is a gift from God.” It’s a motto that the international group of believers in one church take to heart in Vienna, Austria. projekt:gemeinde is a young Baptist church in the middle of Vienna, Austria. Their journey to discover the relevance of faith and church in the 21st century has led them to connect their lives with the refugees in the community.
Projekt:gemeinde is a member of the Austrian Baptist Union which supports the work of Austrian Baptist Aid(ABA). Throughout Austria, ABA is involved in refugee integration work, with much of the work centered in Vienna at projekt:gemeinde.
Through language courses, weekly Bible studies, and legal aid, the ABA’s refugee integration work seeks to address the realities of refugees while also integrating them into the community. In Austria they believe the refugee crisis is actually a refugee opportunity; an opportunity to share life and Christ with others.
Where Most Needed in BGAV Missions
Language and Literacy Workshops
Provide the cost for language and literacy classes and periodic computer skills and technology workshops for refugees in Austria.
Lunch for workers
Provide a week of lunches for the workers who are renovating the social community center in Austria – the Donauhof Ministry Center.
Trauma Counseling Session
Provide the cost of a trauma counseling session for a refugee with a trauma specialist in Austria.
Support a New Church
Provide support for a newly planted church in relationship with one of our international partners in Europe.
Support a Church Planter in Austria
Provide support for Cesar Sotomayor, pastor of projekt:gemeinde’s Farsi speaking congregation.
Help a refugee in Austria attend his/her church by providing a month of public transportation.
Donauhof Ministry Center
The Donauhof ministry center in Vienna, Austria, provides critical refugee integration. It has numerous needs for renovation and repair to keep it operational and to move it toward a sustainable, self sufficient ministry.
Weekly Fellowship Meal
Provide the cost of a weekly fellowship meal for refugees and church members in Austria to share time together.
Refugee Aid and Development
Provide support to one of our Baptist Aid and Development Ministry partners to assist refugees living in their countries.