This big scandinavian authentic Viking (he’s got tattoos even on his scalp, long hair plaited and a beard cool enough to make any guy jealous) asks me how I am.
God's heartbeat | Gottes Herzschlag |
The enthusiasm of the approximately 700 children and young people who had come on the first evening knew no bounds. The joy, the cheers, – for hours they could dance and sing, celebrating Jesus Christ as the Lord of the Lords. I also wish to be able to take some of this enthusiasm with me to Austria. It was so impressive to be part of and not just being a spectator, participating, building the Kingdom of God – at the other end of the world.
But then he came, the first customer. Certainly not the first customer for the girls, but my first time seeing a customer. The girls all jumped up, got rid of their bathrobes and set themselves up in a row in their skimpy underwear so the customer could pick out a girl. Hey I’m telling you, this is horrible. To cry! I felt like I was in a bad movie.
Some of the 150 children in the children’s home are orphaned, but many come from rural and impoverished areas. “Untouchables”. From villages where there are no schools. Where the road is too far and the costs are too high, it is not taken so seriously with compulsory education. At Love-N-Care, children, regardless of their background, are given a bed to sleep in, enough to eat and most of all a chance. The chance for good education, the chance for change, the chance for a better future.
So far Love-n-care ministries have planted and built 7000 churches. 100 in 2018. They have trained over 2500 pastors. All in regions where there are no churches. As far as we know there is no other organizations, churches or missionaries going to these areas except Love-n-care.
We look at prostitution and we say the women chose it. They only have themselves to blame. Some even say “it’s a normal job. They use their bodies and private parts to get money. So what? Stop making such a big deal out of it”
Austria is affected both as a transit and destination country because of its central location in Europe. Many of those affected are from Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, but also from Nigeria and China. It’s alarming that some of these countries are our direct neighbours. That shows that it is an issue of great concern. In Austria there are approx. 350 cases uncovered per year, but one can of course imagine that the number of unreported cases is much higher.
Not everyone has to be a missionary or a social worker and work on the streets to get people off the streets every day, that’s clear. But each of us has a responsibility for this planet and for the people on this planet. It is up to all of us!
the joy, that many of the prayers have already been heard and answered by God. For example an apartment was provided, a sore foot and an injured hand was healed, pain disappeared. This joy increases
Another topic that concerns me a great deal is human trafficking. Did you know that there are more slaves today than ever before? Well, I did not … Slavery looks different today – today it could be one of the prostitutes in one of the 12-16 Salzburg brothels.