As a church we have been supporting Gianni and Angela Gaeta who pioneer a church planting movement called Life Church (formally Vision for Austria). Gianni and Angela moved to Austria in 1986 and have so far planted 9 churches throughout the nation. Their vision is to plant churches in every region of Austria.
Recently God has been connecting us more closely with one of these church plants in the city of Villach which is located in the Alps, close to the Italian Border (yes I know, Mission is hard!).
In April 2012 a small One Church team visited Life Church in Villach and spent the weekend investing into their leaders at all levels. It was an honour to serve this growing church as they transitioned to ‘double services’ on Sundays (sound familiar?) to make more space for growth.
Our One Church FAX (Fire Academy Extreme) Teams have also been involved in serving at the annual Life Church youth conference held each summer in Austria.
In May 2014 we sent a ‘Worship and Intercession’ Team over to Villach for a week to work alongside our friends in Life Church as they prepared to start up a new Church in the Town of Spittal in the Austrian Alps.
In true ‘media’ style CLICK HERE for a video report.
The new Church in Spittal was launched in early September – here is an email we received from the Villach team about how it’s going:
Dear friends from Gloucester,
We really want to thank you for the great ministry you did as a team in spring. We started 3 weeks ago with the church in Spittal and can really feel the power of prayer was preparing this town. The cinema we rent has 99 places and the first service we had 127 people. The had to sit on the stairs. It has been such powerful atmosphere and awesome start. Many came from Villach and many Christians from the area came also to see what this new church looks like but also we had brand new people who never have been in a service like this and Christian who are looking for a spiritual home (there is no charismatic church in the whole area). So we were overwhelmed. The second service we had 55 people and the first salvation. Hallelujah! Last Sunday we had 47 and we do think we will be around 40-50 each week. About 25 people from Villach come every week and support. We are so happy and thankful. It will be so excited to see what the Lord is doing!
We want to share what we did with your offering for Spittal. We printed big poster (huge!!!) and put the up before the start. It really has been seen and talked about. I send you a picture of the poster and also about the team. We printed also this roll up which stand there in front of the cinema during the week. Praise God. There will be more exciting things to tell when we meet in two weeks. A big hello and thank you for your great support.