‘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. 


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!!


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.


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!!


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.





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


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


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.


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

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


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.

Focused on…


• for all your loving care and hospitality this summer THANK YOU. We are so blessed!!!

• for a safe return to our home, work and dogs 🙂


• which started the day after we landed – it’s possible Jetlag will mean he doesn’t recall much of his first day. Our late return home meant he could celebrate his birthday in Canada.


Jonathan is in his last semester of college to become a kindergarten teacher!! He is gearing up for a gap year in Canada and the US for leadership training following graduation. ABOVE he is working with some of his tech team at church.


• Sept 15 Susanne taught 40 women at our women’s breakfast about what a shepherd leader does – and how that looks for us in every day life

•October 5-6 I am speaking at a women’s retreat on Following Jesus in Everyday Life and doing a workshop on developing discipleship ministry in the local church

•October 12-14 is my church’s women’s retreat – very thankful for my team leader Josefa and her team. Our speaker will teach on 2 Peter 1. Please pray that these truths are life changing for the women.

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 2 Peter 1:3

• October 29 – Nov 1 I am off to Poland with one of my young leaders and her husband to attend Tim Keller’s city to city training conference

• Nov 3-8 working at small group leadership training conference in Salzburg

•NOVEMBER 23 cataract surgery for my right eye (connected to my accident)

•January 28-30 helping to organize (will also attend) leadership training symposium

THE TRUSTED LEADER by Terry Cook, LDN Global

Terry is my leader coach. I am so thankful for his wisdom and teaching.

• March 23-29 is Free to Live discipleship training in Budapest for Central and East Europeans. I am on the planning team. We are working with Cru (formerly Campus Crusades) and it is a lot of work. Please pray for us and for attendees.



Lord willing I have a solid 20 years of full-time ministry still ahead of me (maybe adding in a few extra naps in the second decade). My vision is to be a part of raising up a new generation of Titus 2 women in Austria. Older women who will pour into younger women. By God’s grace this past year has been the most fruitful ever for me. He has raised up new leaders and being intentional in helping them grow and develop is my goal this year. Would you pray with me that God would raise up more women who can invest in, care for and encourage women to use their gifts for God’s glory? 

Charis (r) leads this three generational team. It is a delight for me to walk with them as they lead and serve women in our church. Each generation brings its own blessing. From energy to vision to calm experience. It is discipleship happening naturally right in the leadership team. 
My goal is to see each new leadership team formed with three generations. Would you pray for these teams and give thanks for the fruit we have already seen,

such as…

?Loving and serving refugees 
?Women being equipped to study God’s Word 
?Women encouraging each other to love and good works 
?Joy in deepening relationships 
?Loving neighbors and sharing Christ with them 
?Older women investing in younger women to discover and use their gifts for God’s glory 
?Working together to provide for refugees 
?Discipling and training trainers 
?Worshipping the Lord together 


Prayer requests:

for God’s leading and blessing on upcoming events.

*Warren’s 7 heaven birthday Feb 14

*Women’s breakfast Feb 17

*Leadership training for my team leaders Feb 23

*Discipleship training in Croatia Feb 24-27

*Weekly Wednesday afternoon drop in for refugee women and children

*April prep for next inductive Bible study training

*prep for teaching on 1 Peter 1 March  17



We are all well.  David is in grade 9 is on the honors role 🙂 and Jonathan is one year away from college graduation.  Hopefully he will get an internship this summer as a caregiver for the Vienna Boys Choir.


Hopefully we will see many of you this summer!!!!!!!


Thank you for praying!!!!!!!

A new land

No, I’m not moving. These treasures we found are for refugee families, people who had to leave their land and have no home of their own. It is important to have a way to keep and carry their belongings. 

I am privileged to be part of a team that provides a women and children’s drop in afternoon each Wednesday for refugees.  Chai tea, coffee, snacks, crafts, loving care…

‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matt 25:35
We welcome up to 30 women and children each week. Today an overjoyed refugee woman received a Bible in her own language. Another got a needed baby carriage. One mom told me with a smile that it feels like home here. 

Today as a special treat some of the ladies cooked a meal from their homeland for us all (of course we bought the groceries 🙂 )

That’s Rebekah on the left. We started this group two years ago. To protect their safety and identity I covered the eyes of these dear refugee ladies. 

This sweet girl along with everyone else both old and young loves these stick on tattoos!  It is a simple thing that makes them smile. Even the grandmas sitting cross legged on the carpet let me put a flower or heart tattoo on their arm!!! A sweet way to connect especially if they don’t speak English or German!!

If you have any of these tattoos that you want to pop in the mail to me I know they would bring many smiles!!! (Just email me for the address)

I would appreciate your prayers that we could share the love of Jesus in word and deed with these dear people in their new land. 

A new land for my guys!

David turned 15 and started high school!!! He likes his classmates and school and he is looking forward to prep beginning for the next musical. I am sure he also loves learning and doing homework. 🙂 Jonathan starts his second year of college on Monday to become a kindergarten teacher (also includes caregiver training). He would like to get a job with the Vienna boys choir after graduation as a caregiver. Sort of like being a big brother and traveling the world when they are on tour!

Please pray for upcoming  events:

Sept 16- my church’s women’s breakfast – I am teaching on ‘What is a Titus 2 woman?!?’ See vs 3-5 🙂

Sept 22 to 24 – small group leader training for Freed Life discipleship ministry

Oct 14 and Nov 11 – project days for women at church to sew 200 bags for refugee Christmas gifts. 

Oct 20 to 22 – ladies retreat for our church (I head up women’s ministries in my church)

Oct 30 – start of 4 weekly studies in Jude to  train women in inductive Bible study

Nov 7 to 10 – advanced leadership training course for Freed Life discipleship course

Feb 24 to 27, 2017 – Freed Life course with Croatians in Croatia

Thank you for praying!!!

Taking Flight

Our mom’s conference ‘Hearts at Home’, is flying the coop with the blessing of our ‘mama bird’ organisation in Illinois. Our team leader, Simone Höger, unveiled our new name and logo last month at our our annual conference. 

Mütternanader is a German play on the words ‘Mothers  – with each other’. 

For the second year team members’ daughters have joined in to help. These chicks still in the nest are full of enthusiasm and energy. Mentoring the next generation!  It’s a delight!!!!

Our former team leader, Nikki Loernitzo passed the baton to Simone last spring and has been her coach this past year. Nikki took a leap out of her comfort zone and taught a workshop (on marriage). Even though she was nervous, she spoke with understanding, heart, humor and authority. 

It’s exciting to see women step out and use their gifts and see what God does!!!

Our first women’s evening, lead by Charis and Uli, at our local church on prayer mentors went well. Full house!  So blessed to watch the women talk and pray together.

The young lady in the middle is Sophie, the newest team member for this ministry -3 generations in the team is a wonderful way to naturally train trainers. 


1) Now that the boys are older I can do a bit more traveling. I’ll be flying may 19-29 to Toronto to visit two of my churches and family. 

2) New Inductive women’s Bible Study – 4 Tuesday evenings in May. Emma and I both have a passion for teaching women how to study God’s word for themselves. Please pray that God brings women to this study. It is so exciting diving into God’s Word. 

Also for a younger woman to join our team. (Yes, looking for three generations in this team too)

3) For Jonathan (19) and David (14) as they ‘man the fort’ and eat too many frozen pizzas, kebabs and the mandatory vegetables. 

Thank you for praying!!!!


big, little, laughing, praying, teaching, listening, working side by side, even standing on a mountain top together…we all need them!

andrea and tobi are married!!!








My boys have two big sisters here, Andrea and Jess. We were at Andrea’s wedding after Christmas which ended her six months of living with us and Jess is leading worship at our church’s young adult retreat right now. As you can see in the photo Jonathan is a ‘young adult’ at this retreat!! Andrea and Jess are godly influences in the lives of Jonathan and David! Sooo thankful!!!

Karoline and Charis are praying sisters, meeting weekly this past year.  They shared their story at our January women’s breakfast on encouraging one another on to love and good works. Note the purple megaphones and Pom poms 🙂

Karoline and Charis share their story











Charis is heading up a new women’s ministry in the church to help women grow in community. She has asked big sister Uli to join her in this work and they are praying for a younger woman to join them. Their first event is march 4 on being a prayer warrior mentor. Yes!!

sisters by choice 🙂

Leslie and I adopted each other decades ago. We both have sisters across the ocean that we miss. So we decided to be there for each other in everyday life. Like bringing my boys and a plate of thanksgiving dinner to the hospital two days after my accident. And she didn’t forget to bring desert!

We need to know each other in order to love and encourage each other on to love and good works. As women’s ministry leader, I desire to see all the women God allows into my life, grow in their love for the Lord and serve Him using the gifts He gives them.  From personal experience I know that even the ickiest task can be transformed into a joyful community experience with a sister working alongside you.

Thank you for your prayers for us and upcoming events!!!

Feb 17-18    Leadership Team of befreit leben (freed life) discipleship ministry. Planning meeting for September small group leader’s training  seminar

March 4 evening for women    Focus mentoring

March 25 mom’s conference

Sept – leadership training weekend

Oct – our church’s women’s retreat.