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Babsi bumped into SBUX Bible studies in 2010 by chance and her „flat“ life of faith emerged  exceedingly, experiencing the sharp Word of Truth and the sweet fellowship of believers. The verse of a Romanian Coworker, who sowed the first seeds in her heart in 2001 came true – Mark 5,41closeMark 5 Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon 5:1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the pigs, and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and were drowned in the sea. 14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled. Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus's Daughter 21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” 35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. (ESV) closeMark 5closeMark 5 Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon 5:1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the pigs, and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and were drowned in the sea. 14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled. Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus's Daughter 21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” 35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. (ESV) Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon 5:1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the pigs, and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and were drowned in the sea. 14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled. Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus's Daughter 21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” 35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. (ESV) : Taking her by the hand he (Jesus) said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.“

After some years teaching in a school in Vienna she moved back to the countryside – near Ybbs/Donau, where God opened doors to teach Religion in a Middle school. She enjoys having fellowship, laughing together and doing sports. Her passion grows in worship and digital art, especially video. Being out of Vienna she realizes the more what a gift it is to have this great fellowship in SBUX.

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Rebecca Horn

Rebecca was born in Siegen, Germany, and came to Vienna beginning of 2010 to work at an IT company in the area of Human Resources. In her free time, she enjoys lots of music, being outside horse riding or skiing in the Alps. Friends of hers described her recently by using the following words: “organized, passionate, striving for excellence, committed, honest, straight-forward”.. but God said to her: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” As this assurance gives a freedom the world cannot offer,  she strives to love and please God more each day. In the summer of 2012, Rebecca has been led to serve the International Christian School of Vienna.

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Djudji Kureljusic

Djudji grew up in Vienna with a Serbian background. She studied Art History and the Bible, loves worshiping God, enjoys people, nature and sports very much.  In 2001 she surrendered her life to God and since then she has been on a great adventure with God that is to be continued : )  After being involved with SBUX for several years, the next big step was getting married in August 2012, and immediately moving with husband Brian to serve as missionaries in Israel!

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Johannes & Christiane

Johannes and Christiane have been married since summer 2009 and moved to Vienna in 2010 after spending a year in the US. They love traveling and all kinds of outdoor sports. After leading the SBUX Couples study for over a year, the Lord called them to serve as missionaries in a restricted undisclosed country.

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Markus Braasch

Markus grew up in Hamburg, Germany, and moved to Vienna in 2009. He’s passionate about helping people discover their dreams and destiny God has placed into their hearts.  He spent 2 years in the US attending a school of ministry which increased his expectation and desire to see God operate in people’s lives supernaturally. Markus is now enjoying life with Nicki and Jesus in Fort Mill, South Carolina. They are helping with the MorningStar University, the video streaming of the good news in global media outlets and different areas of supernatural ministry (dream interpretation, outreach, equipping young people).

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Lisa Knötig

Lisa is originally from beautiful Kärnten (south of Austria) and moved to Vienna in fall of 2007 to start her studies at Uni Wien. She was one of the original members who started to meet at Starbucks weekly to study God’s Word and this was just the beginning of an exciting journey with God, great friendships with people from all over the world and good, fun memories! Her journey continues now after SBUX by finishing her Master’s degree, then getting married in June 2013 and starting a new, exciting adventure with her future husband Grant.  It will start in America, yet only God knows where He is going to take us in the future. Grant and Lisa’s hearts’ beat for the church – to bring her back to her original purpose, as a light for the world and as the bride of Christ – and to help, encourage and disciple brothers and sisters all over the world.

 

Tamara Teubert

Tamara learned to love the Lord while studying a year at a Bible school in England, Capernwray Hall.  She loves to be active including singing, dancing and acting – which she is studying right now at the Sunrise Conservatory – and other crazy stuff like strolling around with my scooter or travelling to exciting places. She is from Klagenfurt in Carinthia and lives in Vienna for nearly three years.

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Anda Pop

Anda came to Austria in 2006 and had the time of her life studying English and Spanish at the University of Vienna and being involved in the Starbucks Bible studies. After her graduation in June 2012, she was very fortunate to have travelled extensively and to have had wonderful experiences in places like Luxembourg, Spain and Brazil. For the time being, she is asking God for direction for the future and if He so wills, Anda might move back to Austria. Whatever the future holds, Anda is sure of one thing: God is in control and He makes no mistakes!

Anthony & Karissa

Anthony & Karissa

Anthony and Karissa Whitlatch got married in May 2012, and no longer than 9 days after their wedding they flew out to Vienna, Austria to serve God in full-time ministry. Anthony is from Arizona, USA and got his bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies at Grand Canyon University (GCU). At the university, he played 4 years of college soccer and felt God leading him and his wife here to Austria to continue to use soccer for God through the ministry Surge International. Karissa also went to GCU and got her degree in Athletic Training (sports medicine). After feeling a prompting on her heart to become a missionary, God opened the door for her to go to Phoenix Seminary with a full ride scholarship and begin to work on getting a Masters in Divinity in Counseling and Family. She has completed one year at Phoenix Seminary. Anthony and Karissa are were blessed to be a part of Starbucks Bible study and Soccer ministry in Vienna, and are being further equipped in the USA in Phoenix Seminary and serving in their local church in ministry such as Mending the Soul.

 

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Danijela

Danijela grow up in Vienna and her background is Bosnian.
She was raised in a Christian home and decided to give her life to Jesus when she was 7 years old. During her teenager years her faith became more active.

She worked as a nurse for 9 years and after that she was led by God to study the Bible and know Him better in Vajta, Hungary. After coming back from the Bible school, she now works in ICSV (International Christian School of Vienna).

She loves to sing and worship the Lord. Loves kids, loves people and walking in the nature.
Her passion is to live for God. She can’t wait to see what the Lord will do in and through her and now through SBUX Fellowship.

Zach

Zach

Zach came to Vienna back in 2009 as a Surge Soccer missionary. He soon got involved in the Starbucks ministries and led the first expansion group at the Landstrasse location. Within a few weeks the Bible study grew to about 20 people strong and Zach’s step of faith paved the way for many more SBUX studies to open around the city.

Zach now serves as Director of Patmos Reality Discipleship in Fort Lauderdale Florida. He is happily married to his wife Audrey who just gave birth to their first son, Simeon. Zach’s life verse is Zechariah 4:6closeZechariah 4:6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. (ESV) closeZechariah 4:6closeZechariah 4:6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. (ESV) Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. (ESV) , “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts,” and this truly describes Zach’s Spirit lead leadership at Patmos.

Roger & Julie

Roger & Julie

Besides sharing similar ski-slope noses, Kiwi blood, and marathon legs, father (Roger) and daughter (Julie) have something else in common: an deep interest in the revelation of God through his creation and through his word, the Bible. Roger, a renewable energy educator, cares deeply for the environment and sees the glory of God in the world around him. Julie, a violinist and Alexander Technique teacher, sees the beauty of God reflected in the human body and its creative endeavours. But we see the apex of his glory and beauty in the Gospel of Jesus, the Messiah, revealed in the Scriptures.

Philipp Ruesch

Philipp Ruesch

Philipp was born and raised close to Gießen, Germany. After finishing his studies in Paderborn, Germany he moved to Vienna in 2011 to work with TWR Europe (Trans World Radio) in Human Resources. Besides hanging out in the Viennese Starbucks you can also see him quite often sipping a cup of chai tea in Zurich, Switzerland where his fiancée Christina lives.
Philipp enjoys being active. Traveling, running, skiing, soccer are always on his mind. But he equally loves the quiet moments in life with a good book, some tasty food, a tea and his photo camera. He will get married in September 2014.

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