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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Austria for Jesus – A Wedding

Posted by Martin Van Horn on June 2, 2012 under Events, Prayer | Be the First to Comment



Fourteen weeks ago, Loretta Brown and I left Austria after a two and a half week ministry assignment in Vienna, Lower Austria, Styria and Salzburg.  We spoke to three home groups with 20-35 people each time and presented a Seminar in Groedig near Salzburg. The message God gave us was about His Divine Design for us to live in reality rather than denial and out of our spirit to Spirit relationship with the Triune God rather than out of our souls. We taught principles from the Word of God, blessed people’s spirits, helped them discover their Redemptive Gifts and did some land assignments God gave us. One day in February, while we were there, a group of intercessors at Campbellsville University in Kentucky was propelled into an hour of prayer for Austria. “Let the sound of the Gospel echo off the mountains of Austria again!” That very day the Lord defeated a petition to establish a pagan outpost in the mountains of that land!

Evangelistic Outreach

Before we left Austria, Manfred and Milena Gruber asked Sharon if she and Martin would come back in June to perform their wedding ceremony before the Lord. They were married in 1992 before a Justice of the Peace, but want to invite friends and family to witness their marriage before God and testify to transformation Jesus Christ has made in their lives.

They have invited 120 guests of which 80 are not yet believers in Christ to a Wedding celebration on June 16th, 2012 at the Holy Cross Abbey in Lower Austria which is ten miles from Vienna in the middle of the Vienna Woods.  It is one of the most beautiful medieval monasteries of the world and has a relic of the “True Cross which is exhibited in the Chapel.

They are praying that many of them will be introduced to their Savior and come to know Him too.

Milena grew up in Bulgaria as a communist and was trained as a lawyer, who speaks five languages. She visited Austria often as a translator during her years of study. In 1991, she had a supernatural experience where she heard God tell her to stay in Austria. She met Manfred shortly after and they were married in 1992. Milena came to know Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in 2000. Her life was completely changed.  As a communist, there was no room for God. She began to be concerned about her neighbors in the small village of Furth and began inviting them to study the Bible. Many of them have come to know the Lord since and the Bible Study continues. In 2010, her husband Manfred came to know Jesus Christ as Saviour.

Manfred and Milena

Martin, Sharon, and Loretta have seen God open the way in Austria to people who want more of God. As Prince Jonathan once said, “It does not matter to the Lord if He saves by many or by few.” It does not matter to us if He opens the way to big groups or little ones. God loves them all and is using us to do His astonishing End-time Work.

After Martin Luther nailed his 95 Questions on the church door in 1517, many Austrians walked to Germany to study the Bible and learn the Gospel. They brought this back home. It is estimated that some 80% of Austria trusted the Protestant Gospel. The Emperors succeeded in reversing this. After butchery and exile, the Protestants became a minority. We believe God is loosing the power of the Gospel in Austria in our day. We have the privilege to see Him at work and join Him.

To use an 800-year-old Abbey to share how Jesus Christ makes a difference today is a privilege. God is reaffirming His commitment to Austria. The situation will look different if we move as He moves.

Martin & Sharon’s Intinerary:

  • June 12th – Leave Louisville in the morning to fly to New York City
  • June 13th – Leave JFK in the evening for Vienna, Austria
  • June 14th – Arrive Vienna, Austria in the morning
  • June 15th – Preparations for the Wedding at the Holy Cross Abbey
  • June 16th – Wedding at 3:00 PM  (9:00 AM USA time)
  • June 17th – Home Meeting at the Schaffer Family
  • June 18-19 – Meetings with individuals and groups
  • June 20th – Meeting with core group of “The Divine Design Project” in  Austria
  • June 21st – Meetings with individuals and groups
  • June 22nd – Fly back to the USA from Vienna
  • June 23rd – Fly back to Louisville, Kentucky

Please Join Us in Prayer for the following:

  • Pray that the Wedding ceremony will be a testimony to God’s love and faithfulness as Milena and Manfred celebrate their covenant with God and one another.
  • Pray for all of the guests invited to the Wedding that God will open their hearts to receive His love, truth, grace, forgiveness , and life.
  • Pray with us and the Austrian believers for eyes to be open for the Good News to become real to people who have only seen powerless religion.
  • Pray for continued breakthroughs as we counsel and teach
  • Pray for Divine Appointments during the short time we are in Austria
  • Pray for God’s provision in spirit, soul, and body
  • Pray for protection, safe travel and health
  • Pray for continued blessing upon our daughter Bekka and our first granddaughter she is expecting
  • Pray for our time with Joel on our way back and forth to Austria

We appreciate your continued partnership with us in the Lord’s ministry to the people and country of Austria. Please let us know if God gives you anything as you pray to share with us. Let us know how we can pray for you as well.

We bless you with great joy as you continue to walk with the King by the power of the Holy Spirit each day. Thank you for your love and prayers.

Sharon joins team at Ruach Journey

Posted by Martin Van Horn on October 25, 2011 under Events, Prayer | Be the First to Comment

Sharon was invited to pray for participants at Ruach Journey retreat in Georgia, who are seeking more of the life of God through living out of their human spirit. Sharon represents the Redemptive Gift of Mercy, illustrating in her life how the Lord built potential into our spirits to sense His presence and bring circumstances into alignment with His leading.

Taking time for God at Ruach Journey

Ruach, pronounced “roo’-akh,” is the Hebrew word in the Bible
that describes God’s spirit and the human spirit.

Ruach Journey is three days of focusing on understanding
and appreciating your God-given design. It is an interactive experience
of teaching, prayer, and personal listening time with the One
who created the masterpiece of you.

For testimonies of former participants click here.

The Evansville, Indiana, Connection

Posted by Martin Van Horn on July 9, 2011 under Events, Fellowship, Prayer | Be the First to Comment

In the summer of 2010 Sharon and Martin were invited to participate in a Christian witness at a New Age Fair in Evansville, Indiana. Many visitors were open to receive prayer and Christian literature. Some vendors were touched by the generosity of lunch and refreshments they received.

Starting in 2011 Sharon has been using a room at the Prayer Center as her counseling and prayer ministry office. Sharing with local believers has been encouraging to them and to her.

A group of women who have been meeting for Bible study and fellowship has included her in a Tour of Israel the second half of July. Sharon is thrilled at their generosity and at the opportunity to get in touch with the Holy Land and the Heavenly King who chose that land. Please pray for safety and for lasting blessing.

Seminar Participants learn Redemptive Gifts

Posted by Martin Van Horn on February 20, 2011 under Events, Prayer | Be the First to Comment

Sharon and Loretta completed a four-day seminar on the 7 Redemptive Gifts (Romans 12) and Overcoming the Victim Spirit at a seminar house south of Salzburg, Austria. Sharon said she had more work to do than usual by translating into German.
Here are some views of the seminar house run by a South African woman, who also reaches out with Intercessors for Austria. She left for home after the seminar to write a book.

Seminar House

Seminar House near Salzburg

Seminar House Kitchen

Seminar House Kitchen

Seminar House Meeting Room

Seminar House Meeting Room

Snow does not stop the Austria Ministry

Posted by Martin Van Horn on February 3, 2011 under Events, Prayer | Be the First to Comment

57 Flights into LaGuardia canceled, 5 able to land

If you schedule a flight in February, be ready to pray about the snow

For some 6 months Sharon has been working toward a month of ministry in February, 2011. Many things worked together to indicate the dates: an invitation to speak, Loretta Brown’s availability for an extended trip, personal appointments, and many more. Airline reservations and hotel rooms were just finalized when the weather reports announced a Monster Storm.

They projected snow over a 2,000 mile swath from the Midwest to the Northeast of the USA. Some 100,000,000 people would be affected. On Tuesday, February 1, the airlines cancelled 6,300 flights. Sharon’s flight from Louisville, Kentucky, to LaGuardia Airport, New York, was cancelled. Pray!

The airline made available a flight via Washington, D. C. Sharon was so relieved. Then she got to Washington and her flight was cancelled. As it turned out the one flight she needed was the only one to fly. Out of 57 flights scheduled to land at LaGuardia, only 5 made it! Guess what two people were on two of those planes: Sharon Van Horn and Loretta Brown!

God can make a way for us. It is a way of faith and perseverance.

I am reminded of a testimony by George Mueller of England sailing into New York harbor in the fog. The captain of the ship did not want to proceed because of the dangers of collision without sight. Mueller told him, “I have never been late to an appointment the Lord told me to make. He will provide a way for your ship.” Sure enough, the fog cleared just in time to allow Mueller’s ship to sail into New York and dock on time.

New Austria Ministry: New Prayer Requests

Posted by Martin Van Horn on January 20, 2011 under Events, Prayer | Be the First to Comment

Austria in the middle of Europe

February 2011 Ministry Trip to Austria & England


February 1 – Fly to New York City arriving late afternoon
February 2 – Fly to Vienna on Austrian Airlines in the early evening
February 3 – Arrive Vienna in the morning
February 4 – Short trip to Hungary
Women’ s Meeting in Fuerth at 6:00 P.M.
February 5- 8 – Ministry in and around Vienna with individuals, and groups
February 9 – Travel to Groedig near Salzburg for Seminar:
“ Discovering & Releasing God’ s Treasures in You and in the Land”
February 10-13 – Seminar in Groedig starting in the afternoon on Thursday until Sunday
February 14 – 18 – Travel and Ministry in Lichtenstein &
February 19 – 24 – Travel & Ministry in England
February 25-27 – Ministry in Austria
February 28 – Fly back to New York
March 1 – Fly back home to Texas & Kentucky

Prayer Points: Please Pray for the following:

• health and safety as we travel both in the USA and Europe
• synchronization with God and each other as we minister
• fitting into God’s agenda each day
• sensitivity and discernment with people and the land
• consistency in walking in our identity and not becoming what people need us to be
• strength and grace for adapting to the changes as we travel and minister
• clarity, discernment, and joy
• divine appointments
• for God to send the seminar participants He chooses, who will be open to receive and implement what they hear
• good translation which brings forth the spiritual message as Loretta speaks
• facility in the German language for Sharon
• a good deposit and lasting fruit as we carry out this assignment from God

Thank you for your part in this ministry as you pray. Please let us know if God gives

you anything for us and let us know how we can pray for you as well.

Blessings to you!

Sharon Van Horn

Praying for Politicians

Posted by Martin Van Horn on July 21, 2010 under Prayer | Be the First to Comment

Experience has shown that prayer makes a difference at election time.

When we lived in Connecticut, we had a few chances to attend Kingdom Life Christian Center in Milford. KLCC was helping the community with computer education, furniture and many other services. One service was prayer, not just for the members, but for local politicians.

The city of Bridgeport lost its mayor in a scandal. One of the candidates to replace him asked KLCC for prayer in their Sunday service and Bridgeport elected a Christian as mayor. The same happened with another city north of Bridgeport, where a wife on the city council felt her husband should run for mayor. Despite his lack of experience in politics and lack of public exposure, he felt God wanted his involvement. The church prayed for him in the church service and he too was elected.

I approached a few church contacts here in Louisville to offer prayer in a Sunday service for the prayer requests of Greg Fischer and Hal Heiner, candidates for mayor of Louisville. At this point I was added to the prayer team for Hal and am delighted to ask God to give him and his campaign what the Lord has in mind.

I Timothy 2:1-2: First of all, then, I urge you to offer petitions, prayers, intercessions, and expressions of thanks for all people,
for kings, and for everyone who has authority, so that we might lead a quiet and peaceful life with all godliness and dignity.

Media-driven or Scripture-directed?

Often our prayers are “media-driven” because TV, radio, news and internet are so pervasive. We can easily be misled to think new items are what is on God’s mind too. Media have to keep finding new things to attract our attention. What do media think are important? The values they think we have are Power, Money, Sex, Popularity, Entertainment, Justice, Goodness (sort of that ranking). Are these God’s values? Do they motivate Him and attract His attention? I doubt it.

Psalm 101 is known as “The Prince’s Psalm.”

1  I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing. 2  I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. 3  I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. 4  A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person. 5  Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. 6  Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. 7  He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. 8  I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.

I see the following insights into the heart of David as Ruler of Israel:

  1. He worshipped the LORD, who is the only one perfectly combining mercy and judgment.
  2. He was primarily concerned with the integrity of his heart, making it attractive to his God and fitting him to act wisely.
  3. His eyes reveal his focus: no evil thought, thing or person. As Paul says, “Our battle is not against flesh and blood…” (Ephesians 6)
  4. His eyes reveal his godly discernment: he recognizes godly, trustworthy friends and advisors.
  5. He has no toleration for frauds, liars or scam artists.

Let us pray that our politicians have the same heart and determination as King David, the Psalmist, had. We can ask the Lord’s grace for their media presentation as well.

May righteous hearts produce righteous deeds which are publicly rewarded.

Please Pray: Ministry in Austria, February 2008

Posted by Sharon Van Horn on February 10, 2008 under Events, Prayer | Be the First to Comment

Our ministry is called Life Connections because we pray God will continue to use us to connect people to God who is the Giver of Life. As we know and walk with Him, we also become Life-givers in this world. There are so many who struggle and think they are living but do not know real Life. That is why God is sending me again to minister His love, truth, mercy and grace to people in Austria. I will be flying on February 13th and return on March 10th, 2008.

Please pray for God to connect me with the people He is calling to Life and to fit into His agenda for this time.

Our Fall Ministry: Be a Part of It!

Posted by Sharon Van Horn on August 27, 2006 under Events, Prayer | Be the First to Comment

Please pray as Sharon flies early September from JFK to Vienna. She leads a women’s group in St. Pölten, Lower Austria, then she is doing business consulting with the Schaffers. She has a women’s Bible study in Baden and one in Traisen.

On the way to visit Maria Schaffer’s family, they will minister in a home fellowship. After their return, Sharon will be in St. Pölten again and Baden.

Later in the month, she flies to England and takes the train to Scunthorpe. The ministry schedule in England will include teaching on Sundays as well as Bible Studies during the week. The Fellowship plans an outreach meeting and will provide a meal and evangelistic message for many needy people in the town. We have been praying for these outreaches over the past months and Sharon looks forward to being a a part of this one. She is praying to be prepared for whatever doors the Lord may open.

  • Please pray for resilience and spiritual insight.
  • Already the Lord has been giving her many things to share that have been developing over the last few months. She is relying on Him to help her put it all into order & help her present it.
  • These preparations on top of full-time work can be tiring. We thank you for your prayer support.
  • Pray for safety and health. Pray the Lord gives her just the right words for the people and their needs. She wants to fit into the Lord’s agenda and what He is doing.
  • The Lord is using these long-standing connections to let His life flow from believer to believer and to seekers as well.