Austria Ministry Trip – Spring 2015

Posted by Sharon Van Horn on April 20, 2015 under Events, Mission Ministry, Prayer | Be the First to Comment

The Invitation:

ARCHAE – The Christian Doctors Association of Austria and ISODOS – a Network of Christian Health Professionals in Austria have invited us to speak at their Conference at Hotel Schütterhof near Schladming, Austria.

ARCHAE Austria is a non-denominational Association of Christian Doctors, who want to be led in their profession through their faith in Jesus Christ They have been in existence since 1987 and are members of the worldwide Christian Doctor’s Organization, ICMDA (International Christian  Medical and Dental Association).

Together with their Partner, ISODOS they are buiding a Health Network in Austria with the main focus being on their work as Doctors and medical students. They are also interested in connecting with families and  Christians from other areas in Healthtcare.

The Time and Location:

On May 8th – 10th, 2015, we will travel to The Hotel Schuetterhof, which is located almost in the middle of the four mountains that form the Schladming ski area with of a view of the “Dachstein” Mountain.

Schuetterhof Hotel

The Topics:

These Health professionals along with their families gather each year to be refreshed and have fellowship with each other and to receive new insights and tools to apply to their ministry in Healthcare.

They believe that every one of us has experienced trauma in the course of our lives whether it is in childhood or in the framework of their Medical Practices. These traumas can deeply impact them and affect their relationship with their patients

The weekend will provide help for them to get help themselves

and give them new tools to deal with traumas and resolve them in better ways in their Medical practices on a daily basis.

They are looking forward to seeing one another and learning how to experience a life characterized by resolving trauma and experiencing freedom and healing.

They have invited a Christian Psychologist, Dr. Reinhard Pichler, to speak on the effects of Trauma on Doctors and Healthcare Professionals and how they can be reconciled to God in this process.

Our part is to speak on practical ways to resolve trauma on the journey to healing and wholeness.  We will speak on the topics of invisible influences affecting us, how to overcome the “Victim Spirit and Mindset”, the effects of spiritual, emotional and physical trauma and becoming synchronized in our hearts to Jesus Christ through “Immanuel Moments” and the “Heart Sync Model of Ministry”.

Please Pray and Bless This Strategic Time:

  • For health and safety
  • For God to prepare all of our hearts for what He has planned
  • For personal experiences with God
  • For release of trauma and its effects
  • For freedom and healing for the participants
  • For great fellowship in the presence of God
  • For facility of expression in the German language
  • For “Divine Appointments” and experiences for the participants
  • For lasting fruit for the Kingdom of God in Austria amongst the Doctors and Healthcare professionals

Our Itinerary:

  • Flight from Louisville, KY to Newark, NJ – April 29th
  • Flight from Newark, NJ to Vienna, Austria – April 29th
  • Arrive Vienna, Austria – April 30th
  • Local Houses of Prayer Training – May 2nd
  • Ministry to TEAM COURAGE – Teambuilding  – April 30th– May 8th
  • ARCHAE – ISODOS Conference in Schladming  – May 8th – 10th
  • Continued Ministry with TEAM COURAGE building their Team  – May 11th – 14th
  • Dr. Sharnael Wolverton and husband David from Swiftfire Ministries and Young Living arrive in Vienna – May 14th
  • Seminar in Wiener Neustadt on “Quantum Healing and Essential Oils” with Dr. Sharnael Wolverton – May 15th
  • Sharing time with Dr. Sharnael and local Doctors and Health Professionals – May 16th
  • Sharnael and David return to the USA – May 17th
  • Martin returns to the USA – May 19th
  • Sharon returns to the USA – May 27th

Please join us in prayer in agreement with all God has prepared for this time.

  • Pray He will prepare us and give us safety and health as we all travel
  • Pray for “Divine Appointments”
  • Pray for a release for the Austrians to experience God’s presence, joy and blessing
  • Pray for the Training for the Local Houses of Prayer (LHOP) – We have done trainings in Oklahoma, Indiana. Kansas, and Alabama with wonderful responses. You can learn more about this at: and on our Facebook Group: and
  • Pray for TEAM COURAGE as they continue to expand their vision to minister to Foster Families and bring the ‘Reign and Rule of the Lord Jesus Christ” to this part of their culture that desperately needs hope and resources as so many children have been traumatized.  Pepi and Monika have five Foster children.hey work together with Dr. Andi Baumgartner and his wife, Annette, who regularly pray for healing for their patients. You can learn more   about them at:
  • Pray for the Seminar Evening on with Dr. Sharnael Wolverton, ND on “Quantum Healing and Essential Oils” in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Pray for God to bring believers and unbelievers to experience all God is and offers to them.


Dr. Andi & Annette Baumgartner and Pepi & Monika Fertinger

Seminar On Quantum Healing With Essential Oils in Wiener Neustadt With Dr. Sharnael Wolverton From Swiftfire Ministries:

Dr. Sharnael Wolverton, ND

Dr. Sharnael Wolverton, Doctor of Naturopathy, from Denham Springs, Louisiana will give a Seminar in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, on “The Healing Property of Essential Oils and Quantumenergetics.”

The Seminar will be held on Friday, May 15th from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Erloesungskirche, Brunnerstrasse 5-7, 2700 Wiener Neustadt, Austria.

As a college student Sharnael studied Bible and theology and had many spiritual experiences. She pursued her interest in healing through Bible and experience. According to modern research the historical record of using essential oils is justified as we explore their chemical makeup and people use them personally.

In modern times naturopathy has rediscovered the ancient art of applying these oils. They show evidence of cleansing for body and soul, of restoration of bodily functions and the brain, and of energizing spirit and soul. Dr. Wolverton remains in contact with the results of scientific research and has many experience with their use in naturopathic methods. Even animals profit by application of the essential oils.

We look forward to how God will reach people, who know the Lord already and those, who He is calling to be healed by His love, grace and truth. We look forward to all God has planned for this Seminar Evening.

We Appreciate You

We appreciate your partnership in prayer for this ministry assignment. Pease let us know how we can pray for you.  Let us know if God gives you anything for us as well and if you would like to receive updates while we are in Austria.

Thank you for your support as we travel on this assignment. Prayer and financial support are appreciated in any way God leads you.

Love & Blessings,

Martin & Sharon Van Horn

Martin & Sharon Van Horn

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2014 Newsletter

Posted by Martin Van Horn on January 21, 2015 under Events, Living in the Redemptive Flow of God, Mission Ministry | Be the First to Comment

We would like to update you on Martin & Sharon Van Horn, on Divine Design Project and Local Houses of Prayer and Blessing


Psalm 103:5 talks of our experience of the Lord this year. “He keeps satisfying you with good things, and he keeps renewing your youth like the eagle’s.” We are getting older, but the Lord’s blessings keep us young.


Our granddaughter, Vienna, came in wearing a new t-shirt announcing “Big Sister.” That’s how Bekka announced she was pregnant with grandson, Asher (Hebrew for “blessed, happy”). As we have all been blessing his spirit, he lives up to his name, peaceful, happy and solid! He has been developing strongly since July 21.

Vienna at 2 years old is entertaining us with her personal imitations of English sentences. She loved to tour the neighborhood Christmas “yights.” Every meal we had to sing “Happy,” which means “Happy Birthday to Jesus!”

Vienna Praying

Joel Van Horn & Asher Ewald

Can we FaceTime?

From 1981 to 1995 we lived in Austria as missionaries. Since then Sharon has been able to visit and minister almost every year. Until 2014 Martin was able to go twice, but this year he was there to teach and pray three times. God is fulfilling our prayers and desires to see Austrians experiencing salvation and freedom and empowerment.

Having experienced many messages telling them they are inadequate, some of our Austrian friends are thrilled to see God using them as they bless people’s human spirit, revealing the pain and releasing the Lord’s good plan. We live here but through internet conversations on FaceTime we almost feel like we can be in Europe too.

In June Sharon attended the wedding of our good friends the Longstaffs’ grandson in England. From there she wound through the countryside on a bus ride to Cornwall and Wales in the west of Great Britain. There the Lord had a new experience for her and Janelle (from Evansville, Indiana). She lived through the daily rhythm of prayer at Ffald-y-Brenin, where the Lord’s presence comes into everyday life. They are the world center of Local Houses of Prayer, bringing blessing and salvation to local neighborhoods. Since then Sharon has found prepared people in USA who are making a difference where they live.

Son Joel Facetimed us after returning from vacation in Thailand with his girlfriend, Kendra Koch. He announced that he was engaged to be married (he asked her two times just to be sure). We congratulated them and found out the wedding date is in limbo. It’s going to be a “destination wedding.” (Mexico?)

Our times are in the Lord’s hands, not in ours.

On the February-March mission to Austria, Martin’s father, Franklin, was hospitalized with lung and heart difficulties. Martin, Sharon and Joel had visited him in a rehabilitation facility where he seemed to be getting stronger. Then at age 93 Frank passed into his Heavenly Father’s arms and Martin broke off the ministry to come back and speak at the funeral and comfort his mom (90) and family.

Young Living opens up new insights on God’s Creation healing oils

Dr. Rowntree from England showed us years ago the exotic desert trees that ooze their sap to provide Sacred Frankincense. All our lives we have heard of the Wise Men and their gifts, We learned how rare and how healing was this frankincense.

Now in 2014 we are personally benefiting from these trees God provided and Dr. Gary Young has been able to distill into highest quality essential oils. Not only do oils soothe the skin, but they stimulate the brain and strengthen our immune system. So many people are blessed by the oils and desiring to avoid side effects from medications that we are able to partner with them in business distributing Young Living oils. Maybe you would like to know more yourself.

Blessing the “ChemoBuddies” who bless patients undergoing chemotherapy

Sharon speaking to ChemoBuddies

Three years ago Jill’s sister received chemotherapy for breast cancer and noticed how cold and isolating the treatment room was. She dedicated her remaining time on earth to recruiting a team to accompany such patients so “no one would have to go through this alone.”

Sharon was invited to talk to the 35 ChemoBuddies who bring cheer and warm blankets and encouraging treats while they sit in the treatment room. She shared about trauma and comfort and gave them opportunity to share their feelings while bearing other people’s burdens.


You and I have a human spirit created by Father God and packed with good gifts (Hebrews 12). At the new birth we are unlocked and free for life in Christ, but we still have to unpack the good gifts. Sharon has found that our spirit has access to secrets that bring healing when Jesus is invited to come into the situation. Many have found their lives transformed by living out of a spirit-to-Spirit walk with the Lord. Then they go out and share their life-giving gifts.

When these spirit-led saints come together in Indiana, Kentucky or Austria in Europe, they find the gifts in one of them brings life to the spirit in another. And a group does not have to sit in the living room. They go out and bring healing and godly life to homes, towns and lands that have been oppressed by sin and spiritual darkness.

We were excited to see maturity and growth throughout 2014. Loretta joined us in January to share her insights on cleansing from the abominations that God hates. In February Pepi and Monika were at their lowest and spontaneously decided to fly to Louisville, where they were invigorated in their spirits and equipped with resources for the mission to foster families and connected to saints who continue to support their mission.

Praying for cleansing

In March Loretta joined Sharon and Martin to bring cleansing to cities and lands in Austria, where ancient murders and religions have left their oppressive marks. We asked God’s forgiveness and cleansing where Third Reich massacres had darkened the spiritual legacy in the lands. The presence of heaven was felt as the team blessed and legitimized the human spirits of Austrian saints who never knew how much Heavenly Father had packed into their lives. Sharon was invited to teach the Ruach team on trauma bonds to time before they ministered at the retreat.

Janelle was on the team invited to come back to Austria to train a group of some 40 saints in their spirit identities. The flow of life was like rain on dry ground. As Janelle and Sharon journeyed to Wales, they received an anointing and a commission at Ffald-y-Brenin retreat center. In Grace Outpouring you can read how the Lord sends needy people from all over the world to His “Sheepfold.” God has led the team to transform their communities by adding blessing to prayer. They use the illustration of an airplane needing two wings. Local Houses of Prayer and Blessing in Wales and Indiana and Oklahoma are seeing people and businesses prosper and people becoming aware that God cares about them.

Janelle at Conference 2014

Fall 2014 we saw people catching the vision of Local Houses of Prayer and Blessing in Indiana and Oklahoma. Families came together at Hubers Orchard for fellowship and to celebrate communion. We tried to tune in to God’s calendar, celebrating Rosh Hashana and observing Yom Kippur at the beginning of His year.

A November mission trip turned out to be a time for Martin and Sharon to consolidate a spirit-to-Spirit lifestyle with the Austrians. Pepi and Monika were comforted from the rebellion of their foster daughter running away in rebellion. We helped launch a spiritual team of ladies going into homes of needy people to serve them and to bless their spirits and homes. It was gratifying to see the Lord turn around a young man and his lifestyle as Sharon has been blessing him and his spirit for months.

We met Andrea 37 years ago when she was a bank teller and youth leader. She has maintained a friendship these years and has received the blessing of her spirit, but has been worn down by the oppression at her job for a financial consultant. After we spoke and prayed she sent a message saying, “On the way home I realized the connection between my spirit and God’s Spirit was there again. I had so much joy. Everything feels different: I have faith, hope and joy. I can change my world. Please write how to pray for my office so Jesus can bring liberation and life instead of oppression.”

Two years ago we prayed at Holy Cross Monastery (founded in 1133) before Manfred and Milena’s wedding, dedicating it back to Jesus Christ. Manfred brings the presence of the Holy Spirit every time he goes to work there. Now we have met a young professor of Spiritual Theology at the Papal College on campus. He was very approachable and accepted a copy of Martin’s book on heaven. God is at work!

Outreach Training

Every week we rejoice as we Facetime and hear how much the Lord is using Team Courage. The Austrians want more of God and so do we.

Joy unspeakable and full of glory

Joy overflowing bubbles up in our spirits when we see the Lord God faithful to His Body in Austria and finding ways to include us in His mighty work even though we left that country 19 years ago. He is up to something Big and we can hardly wait to see it.

Please pray as the Lord has opened a door of opportunity in 2015. Sharon and Martin are invited to speak to the Austrian Christian Doctors’ Association in May on the topic “Traumatization, Healing and Medicine.” A neurologist has said, “Traumatization is the mission field of the twenty first century.” Pray for our preparation and for the finances to come in. Thank you for your support.

Austria Worship Wedding

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Milena & Manfred Wedding

When Martin and Sharon were married in Vestal Center, New York, they asked the pastor to present the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ to the family and visitors attending. This June we were invited to do the same for friends in Austria. Manfred and Milena had already been married in a civil ceremony 20 years ago. Now they had experienced the salvation in Jesus and wanted to be married a second time with a Christian ceremony. They invited 70 friends and family to hear the Good News. Milena and friends made all the invitations, the table decorations and the banquet buffet. They invited Martin and Sharon to tell the honored guests about this same Good News.

Milena made the decorations to honor the Lord & their guest

Before the ceremony Sharon and Martin, Manfred and Milena, Gerhard and Maria, and Christine met in the Keller Stuberl (vaulted cellar dining room) to dedicate the time and place to the Lord Jesus Christ and to sanctify it from all worldly powers. The two hour program was mostly a concert and worship service with a Gospel wedding ceremony in the middle. Friends and family played music and sang. The children sang a prayer of blessing for the couple. Manfred and Milena testified of their love to one another and he sang to his bride.

Ben Karlsson's saxophone solo

The children bless the couple

Thank you to all of you who prayed. We believe there will be a lasting influence at Heiligenkreuz Cloister through the dedication and through Manfred’s continuing witness there. Milena has told us of many opportunities to share and pray with neighbors and acquaintances. In August she helps run a children’s Bible camp in Bulgaria. God bless you!