Step by step, growing as leaders

 

I have a dream. Yes, I do. I imagine more and more older women across Austria walking alongside younger women in everyday life. My example of this type of mentorship comes from the book of Titus – older women leading, guiding, and teaching younger women.

Just yesterday I had an amazing conversation with one of the older women in our church about the definition of leadership based on Jesus as the shepherd. This definition was life-changing for me. I realized I was a leader in so many areas of my life. I knew that I want to lead deliberately and well. Every woman has 1000 things on their to-do list each day, and my passion is to help them be intentional in accomplishing their daily responsibilities. Today my working definition of leadership is, “Intentionally influencing and enabling people to accomplish a given task.”

The evangelical church in Austria is young and has so much potential to grow. My church alone is overflowing with young families. The younger women have voiced their longing for more older women to walk alongside them. I discussed with my friend how to make a plan for celebrating Christmas in these very strange times, using principles derived from Jesus’s example that can be applied in every area of life.

Just imagine the ripple effect of older women teaching the younger women and what it will do in their families, workplace, churches, and ultimately reaching the lost for Christ?! (The Apostle Paul certainly saw it as key for the health of the church and God‘s kingdom!)

How will we work together to accomplish this vision? By connecting with and teaching women one on one, in group settings, in leadership development seminars, webinars, and on my YouTube channel.

My heartfelt thanks to each one of you who pray for us and support us financially!

I am asking God for $15,000 in additional annual support so that I can focus on the work here, and I need your help:

1. I am seeking new contributors who can make a monthly contribution in the support of this vital work. Do you know any women in your church, Bible study group, knitting circle, Pilates classes… who would have a heart for helping their sister’s across the globe? Would you pass this letter on to them?

2. If you are already supporting me, wherever possible, would you consider an increase of 20% in the coming year. If that increase is too much of a burden, any additional amount is so greatly appreciated.

3. Would you pray with me that God supplies the support and that more and more older women will invest in younger women and help them to flourish.

Thank you so much!

Leanne

Loving people in crisis

Would you also pray for our LEAD DEVELOP CARE online training happening November 19.
Thank you so much for praying!

Austria is on a gentle lockdown that will hopefully bring our numbers down (but not our economy).
Right before lockdown started our country experienced a horrendous terror attack in Vienna. It was shocking and brought us to our knees in prayer.

In the midst of all of this, wedding plans are moving forward for Jonathan and Miriam.

December 5, 2020, at 2:30 CET

It will be a small wedding but one that will OVERFLOW WITH JOY!!!

You can register to watch the live stream here on their website:

www.mjcarter-wedding.de

We love you and we are praying that you know deeply God’s love and peace in these challenging times.

Leanne, Jonathan, and David
Discipling the Nations
Action Canada

Farsi Translation

 

Life After Lockdown

Small careful steps back to ‘normal’ include the reopening of ‘The Oasis’ refugee center where more than 1/4 million refugees have experienced Christ’s love over the past three decades. Although only a small number can be in the building at one time it is a joy for us to have time with these dear ones at the women and children’s program.

Family ministry project

Leanne and Johnny’s English Time

(click name above to go to channel))

We are doing a new youtube channel in order…

Tap here and go to The Everyday Princess channel to hear Claudia’s creative way for women to connect in these unusual times.

I am so thankful!!!

My YouTube channel is coming close to 1500 views!!!! Amazed by God’s grace to allow me this privilege to encourage both German and English speaking women in their walk with Jesus.
The Everyday Princess

I was so blessed by the responses to the videos about my accident:
Chocolate Treasures in the Storm part 1 and 2

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My team and I completed the licensing seminar to teach the symposium 1 for
LEAD DEVELOP CARE

The three coaches were clearly focused on helping us become confidant and competent developers of leaders. I love developing the women leaders God has put in my life.
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The joy of loving these precious people who are far from home. I volunteer at the Oasis refugee center each Wednesday. One of the team told me recently that over a 1/4 million refugees have been cared for here in the past 25 plus years!!!!!! I wonder if they have counted how many times the Jesus film was shown, God’s truth was preached, people heard of God’s love for them – countless times!!!!

Would you pray that God makes a way for my YouTube videos to be translated with subtitles into Farsi and Arabic so that more women can discover that the King of Kings loves them and is inviting them into His family.
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David and I are counting the weeks till Jonathan comes home for Christmas break mid December. I am so thankful that Jonathan can be a part of LIFT – Leader In Further Training for young adults at Camp of the Woods in Upstate New York.
I highly recommend it!!!!!!!!
David does an amazing job
editing my YouTube videos.
Teamwork!!!
I couldn’t do it without him.
It is a pleasure to work side by side with him.


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVE, SUPPORT AND PRAYERS!!!!!!!

OUT OF THE BOX

YES!!!!!!!!
‘Out of the box’ is the only way to describe our newest venture. 

I love to encourage women across the generations to love God, each other and themselves in their daily lives as children of God, daughters of the King of Kings, PRINCESSES!!!
But how can I do this beyond my town and local church?? Well…

I have decided to start a YouTube channel!  I know, what is a 57 year old mom thinking starting a YouTube channel?!?!?

Well, I’m thinking this is a way to encourage women here in Austria and beyond in their everyday lives…

The videos will look at….
What does everyday life look like for the daughter of the KING?
How can someone become a daughter of the KING?
How can I get to know my Heavenly Father?
How can I help my sisters grow?
Is it true that every one needs a HEIDI???
And more!

A new video in German and English every Tuesday

Click here to go to my channel. Feel free to subscribe and share it with friends. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC43ds4_s-HgUQK6Hz-Yuh_A

Please pray!!!

1. That these videos spread the truth of God’s love and good news to many. 
2. That God would give me wisdom and the words as I make the videos.  For skill and creativity as David does the editing/uploading. 
3. I am also getting licensed to teach my coach’s Leadership Symposium September 10-12. There is a lot of preparation involved for me and my three teammates before we can do the intensive three day training/testing along with 9 other participants. I am so thankful for this opportunity. My coach has helped me so much in developing the leaders in the women’s ministry in my local church. This licensing will broaden that skope! I use it too in developing the plan for my channel and it will certainly be part of my teaching content.

So thankful that:
-Jonathan is doing well at his one year Leader in Further Training course in upstate New York. 
-David has settled into grade 11!!!!!!!
-Both of my guys, several nieces and many friends have been a part of getting this channel going. 

Life and ministry is flourishing. Praise God!!! Thank you for the many ways you support the work here!
The Lord bless you!
Leanne, Jonathan and David



F.R.O.G. Fully rely on God

This was the motto of our planning team of 4 for the Budapest, Free to Live, conference. It is by God’s grace alone that we serve and see fruit.

Thank you for praying!!! So many prayers answered…

New home for refugee family!! 

I was able to help move the refugee family into a new place in Vienna!!!! That sure was close! Thankfully they were given a couple of extra days in their old place and then we loaded up my car with their belongings and delivered them to their new home 🙂

Salzburg…Two days of leadership team/ vision/planning meetings for Befreit Leben (Freed Life discipleship ministry). Clear direction for leader training was the fruit!!

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Florida…Helped my big sis/sister-in-law, Joan, move my 97 yr old mother-in-law into assisted living. Change at any age is hard. I was so thankful I could be there to laugh/cry/pack with mom and Joan.

My other sister in law, Marilyn, flew in to work with Joan to pack up the apartment and get mom fully settled.

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I am so thankful to the Lord for His provision of help and new encouraging friends. March was so full. I didn’t know how I would manage. God knew and sent me loving co-laborers from my California church, Calvary Community. I start to cry just thinking about God’s kindness in sending these ladies. Seriously, tears are running down my face as I type. 

God is so good!!!!!! And shows His love through His children. 

Jennifer, Michelle and Rosanna experienced my life and work here up close and personal!!!! They worked sooooo hard. We had fun too and talked lots! 🙂

I am so grateful for God’s loving kindness poured out through them on our ‘chai time’ team and the refugee women and children…

For how the crafts and gifts they brought made the refugees smile…

For them being a part of the team serving 250 women at our Mutternander conference where mom’s were encouraged, educated and well fed…and got present!

And Joining Oasis team members to sing in Farsi for the refugee women and children…

Jennifer lead worship at the Discipleship and leader training conference, FREE TO LIVE in Budapest, lifting our eyes and hearts to the Lord.

55 participants, 11 leaders in training, 15 group leaders and a support and leadership team of 9.

They came from 12 different countries including: Moldova, Macedonia, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Austria, England, Germany, Usa 🙂

There is so much to share…my next letter will give more glorious highlights of what God did!!

Family

David and I will see Jonathan off at the airport May 2 for a year in North America!

He will stay with family in Ontario for the first month or so then the rest of his time will be at Camp of the Woods in upstate New York. Following in the footsteps of his older brother, dad and dad’s sisters & parents, Jonathan will work on the camp summer staff (in the kids program) and then do Camp’s two semester LIFT – Leader in Further Training for young adults. I am so happy for him. It will be strange to not have him at home for a year!!

Please pray for all three of us in this new phase of life. A new opportunity to fully rely on God!!

With love and thanks

Leanne, Jonathan and David

Empty Nest????

So, I had been feeling sad that come April Jonathan would fly the coop and it would be just David, me and two chihuahuas in the house…

Do you remember refugee mom who thankfully was not deported, AND got to stay with her husband and daughter AND got a one year contract for their apartment? They also added a precious baby boy (SEE PICTURE ABOVE) to the family two weeks ago!

They have had a terrible time with their landlady. So bad that staying in their apartment is not an option although we were ready to try and get them legal help. They must be out of their apartment on Friday. Just 4 days!!! Many are helping them hunt but there are few options. I told them tonight that if they didn’t have a place by Friday morning the boys and I were going to pick them up and bring them to our house to stay till they find a place.

Please pray for them:

*That they discover Jesus wonderful love for them.

*That they feel safe and at home Friday – in whatever nest they land in.

Leanne

 

LEADER TRAINING

AUSTRIA:

For three days this week my leader coach, Terry Cook, is here in Vienna doing his Seminar on

THE TRUSTED LEADER

I invited key leaders from my local church to attend. Please pray that this leader Lifestyle will deeply impact local churches in Austria.

BUDAPEST:

Planning continues for our Free to Live conference March 24-29.

We have participants and leaders in training from Romania, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria! A multicultural experience! Praying that they go back to their countries and help build up the local church with this discipleship ministry.

FAMILY UPDATE:

David and I celebrated with Jonathan who is officially now a KINDERGARTEN TEACHER!!!!

Thank you for praying! We are so grateful!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

We wish you a blessed celebration of our Savior’s birth!

❤️Jonathan, Leanne & David

Thank you for your prayers for this precious girl. God has made a way for her to stay together with her daddy and mommy. Praying they one day know Jesus.