Hillside is currently supporting the following Missionaries:
Carol Magnusson with International Training Partners
David & Phyllis Enns with World Team-RBMU International in Singapore
Brenda Ziska with G.E.M.-Greater Europe Mission in Austria
John & Mel Bjorgen with Converge Worldwide-BGC in Guadalajara, Mexico
Michael & Athena Kantartjis with One Challenge in Athens, Greece
Robert & Katherine Rodgers with N.I.C.E. in Lacey, WA
Valen & Carol Straley with InterAct Ministries in Kamloops, British Columbia
As well as the following Missions:
This Week’s Missionary Focus:
Auf Wiedersehen! Until we see each other again!
Brenda Ziska with Greater Europe Mission in Vienna, Austria, wrote her final Prayer and Praise letter for June, 2018, as she retired as of May 31, 2018. Joe and Brenda have been with our church for almost 40 years, the same number of years they have been in Vienna. Joe died on December 4, 2015, and she is ever so thankful for the support of many churches during that time.
Brenda has decided to live in Austria where her two sons, David and Daniel, live. They are Austrians; Daniel will continue to live with Brenda, and David has his own apartment. They live in a 1932 house purchased in 1992. She will continue to attend the Klosterneuburg Church, one of their church plants, and when she can no longer drive, will return to the Kagran church which is near to her home. The Kagran Church was their first church plant — both churches have thrived and have a lot of outreach in their respective communities.
There is a local children’s home which has been a focal point of Brenda’s ministry, starting before Joe died. These children age out at the age of 18, so the importance of reaching them for Christ is vital. They all come to church, are involved in the church retreat, and are so cared for and loved by the Klosterneburg congregation. Brenda said that they will be getting a new director of the Children’s Home and pray that this person will be willing to work with the church, as did the previous director.
The Evangelistic Women’s Breakfast was held on April 14th. One hundred-twenty women attended, and the discussion at the tables was good after the speaker spoke on, “I want to be free – but to what end?” Pray that the women in Klosterneuburg who need to know Christ will continue to come to the Women’s Breakfast and Bible studies. Continue to uphold Brenda as she transitions out of full time ministry and into retirement.