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BGAV Venturer in Austria Covered by the Botetourt View

Posted: 9/10/15 at 12:15pm. 

Justin Pierson
Justin Pierson

Next week’s issue of the Botetourt View, a local newspaper covering Botetourt County in western Virginia, features a comprehensive article about Justin Pierson, a BGAV Venturer serving in Austria.

While there, one of his ministry responsibilities will be with the refugees who have fled war-torn areas for the West.

From the article:

His involvement in Vienna will be Projekt:gemeinde, or project:church, and it is a Baptist church in the center of Vienna.

Projekt:gemeinde has started two German-speaking congregations, a Farsi-speaking church of about 40 members and, most recently, a Latino church. Pierson will work with the Farsi community.

“They mostly speak English, but they have come away from a politically unstable area to be in Austria,” he said. “It is not in my comfort zone, but I feel you grow when you step outside of it. I will be about an hour from Vienna at the refugee center. Using my faith, I want to physically help provide for the refugees, a community of about 1,200, as well.”

Justin has served in various aspects of BGAV life, including participating in the 2014 class of the Kairos Leadership Initiative.

Click here to read the full article.