Monthly Archives: March 2016

Austria-Europe trip pictures – March 31, 2016

Here are some more pictures from Haus Edelweiss:  This is the building that we are staying in.

  This is the lounge/common area that is just outside our room door. 

  They call this building the “Cow Barn” as it used to be a barn/storage building until they renovated it this past year. It is now used as quarters to house the students during their time here on the Haus Edelweiss campus. 

 The Haus Edelweiss sign at the Gate House.

 This is the library/study that is located in the main building. The house used to be a hunting lodge many years ago.

  
 Ernie Perry helping us get the campus ready for the students as he blows the leaves off the walks for us.

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Austria-Europe trip – Thursday, March 31, 2016

Guten morgan (good morning) from Haus Edelweiss! We had a very good day yesterday as we started our day by receiving a briefing on what TCM does here, the courses and programs that they teach, and taking a tour of their campus. After that, we went with our various work teams (food service, guest services, and grounds/maintenance) to be briefed on what we would be doing during our time here and to get organized. Then after lunch we all went to work preparing the place to receive the students who will arrive today.

After breakfast this morning, we will have a time of worship and prayer and we will continue to get things ready for the arrival of the students. It should be a very busy day. Many of the full-time staff will be making runs to the airport and train station in Vienna to pick up students, while those of us who are short-term workers will cook, clean, and do whatever else is needed to get things ready here at the campus. This evening for dinner we go from feeding 20 people to now feeding 80. After dinner, we will have a reception with the faculty, staff, students, and volunteer workers so that we can get acquainted with one another.

I would ask that you pray for the students as they travel here today that the Lord will give them safe travel and that he would look after their family while they are away. Pray also for the faculty, staff, and for us that we all may work together to make this a great learning experience for the students.

I will post a few more pictures this evening. Thanks for your prayers and encouragement!

More to follow from Haus Edelweiss! 

Auf wiedersehen (goodbye)!

Fred

Austria-Europe trip pictures – March 30, 2016

Here are a few pictures that we took yesterday during our visit to Vienna and from Haus Edelweiss. 

  
The entrance to St. Peter’s Church in Vienna.

  
Here is what the inside of St. Peter’s Church looks like. I have been in a lot of churches throughout Europe and this is one of the most beautiful one that I’ve ever seen.

  
The staff gave us a tour of the Haus Edelweiss facilities this morning

  
Just off the dining room there is a stained glass window picturing Saint George, the patron-Saint of the Calvary. 

  

Here we are in the hallway that is just outside the dining hall in the main building. 

Austria-Europe trip – Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Yesterday, we visited the city of Vienna, Austria. What a beautiful and great city Vienna is! Our hosts dropped us off in front of the Vienna Opera House at around 10 am and told us that they would pick us up at the same place at 3:45 pm. Of course, it was not enough time to see everything, but it did allow us to visit some of the most famous sites in the center of the old city, such as, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Hofburg Palace, the Jewish quarter, etc. All in all, we had a very good first full day in Austria.

Today, after breakfast, we will have a short worship service and then start our work preparing the campus for the arrival of the students. I will attach a few pictures of our visit to Vienna for you. Thanks for you prayers. More from Austria and TCM tomorrow. 

Blessings!

Fred

  
Craig Yates at lunch. Look at the size of the schnitzel they served him! Wow!

  
Ernie Perry, Steve and Carole Humkey enjoying their lunch.

  
Inside St. Stephen’s Cathedral

I’ll post a few other pictures later on today (Wednesday). Hope you have a blessed day!

Auf Wiederschen!! 

Fred

Austria/Europe Trip

On Sunday afternoon, Michelle and I left Lexington for Vienna, Austria. We will be part of a six person team from Broadway Christian Church that will be serving for the next two weeks at a place called Haus Edelweiss. It is here that TCM International Ministries operates their pastor training institute. They will be holding classes for approximately 60 pastors who are coming here from mainly Eastern European nations. Our role will be to serve meals, clean, and do other maintenance and grounds work while we are here. After our two weeks here, we will then be spending the next two weeks in France, Belguim, and Holland.

Our first day was to travel to Austria. We departed Lexington at 3:05 pm on Sunday, March 27th. Our day started well. We met our son Andrew in the Chicago airport. He is a commercial pilot for American Airlines and was coming from Cleveland to Chicago and was then on his way to catch a flight to his home in Tampa. It was really good to see him.

Our flight from Chicago to London was great. I slept nearly the entire time. Not so good for Michelle. A young girl sitting behind her kept kicking the back of her seat the entire flight. What started out as a good day, however, soon took a turn for the worse. On our approach into London the pilot told us there were some very high cross winds at the airport. After being placed in a holding pattern for 30 minutes or so, we finally got the go ahead to land. It was a pretty rough landing. Winds were about 50-60 mph.

Once we got on the ground I turned on my phone and saw that there was a message from British airways cancelling our next flight to Vienna. So, after we got off the plane (and after we caught the shuttle bus to our terminal and went through security again!) we went to the British Air customer service counter to rebook us on a another flight. The only flight we could get on sent us through Prague and then on to Vienna. But, we had a considerable time to wait. We arrived in London at 7:45 am and did not depart for Prague until 2:30 pm. We arrived in Prague at 5:45 pm and once again go through security before boarding our final flight of the day. After going through the security check we finally got to our gate at 6:10 pm just as the plane was beginning to board. I told Michelle that our luggage would probably not make it.

We actually arrived at the Vienna airport about 20 minutes ahead of schedule. We were in the very back of the plane, so it took us a while to get off and head for the baggage claim, but when we got there our luggage was waiting for us at the carousel. Thank you Lord! So, we got our bags and headed to linkup with the TCM folks they sent to pick us up. Because we were early, we had to wait a few minutes on them to arrive. But, after about 10 minutes they came and we headed out for Haus Edelweiss where we got checked into our room, linked up with our other teammates from Broadway and then went to bed.

Today, we will be getting an orientation on the school and what our duties will be, and then we are off to visit downtown Vienna and do some sightseeing before the students arrive later today and tomorrow.

I plan on posting each day, so follow along with us on our European journey! 

Blessings!

Fred

The greatest man in history 

Greatest man in history, had no servants, yet they called him Master. Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. His name is Jesus. Copy and paste if you agree.Amen!!!