Refugee Youth

Innsbruck, the capital of the Tirol province, is a beautiful university town in the Inn Valley. Surrounded by majestic mountains, lush forests, and the beautiful Inn River, Innsbruck has all the trappings of a big city, and yet it still maintains a small town feel. Sitting in the midst of the Alps, Innsbruck has hosted three Winter Olympics Games and still attracts sports enthusiasts year-round with its numerous hiking, mountain biking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding routes.

Despite having a cross on every mountain peak and a church at the center of every village, Austrians have very much lost true faith in Jesus Christ to religious tradition. Less than 1 in 200 Austrians profess a faith in Jesus Christ & His finished work alone! Though traditionally a Catholic country, probably less than 1 in 4 people has ever even heard the Gospel once in their lifetime. Alcoholism, superstition & occultism, bullying, depression & suicide are very visible effects of the spiritual poverty of this otherwise rich country.

Our team"s mission is to "Mobilize Austrians for Jesus." We are working to help Austrians not only to find Jesus, but also to find out how He is calling them to join in His work. A large part of this mission is helping to call out young Christian leaders, equip and train them and coach them as they begin serving the King. Our vision is to see Austrians, especially youth & young adults become "of righteousness…displaying the Lord’s splendor" who will "rebuild…renew…and restore" the spiritually ruined and devastated country of Austria (see Isaiah 61:1-4).

The team is heavily involved in the Lighthouse, a ministry center for youth. The center features programs such as after-school tutoring and a Friday night youth hang-out time. We also partner with Innsbruck City of Hope Initiative, a group of 7 churches that work together to meet needs around the city. This initiative works in diverse areas such as the youth center, homeless ministry, prison ministry, a prayer ministry among prostitutes, and refugee ministry. Additionally, we help put on evangelistic English camps every summer.

We're seeking compassionate goers who will work with our refugee ministry team to focus on reaching & discipling refugee youth we serve through our youth center, churches, and camps. Goers will build relationships and help these youth to meet Jesus and connect with youth groups, youth events, camps and churches.


Team member requirements:
Mature and flexible Christians with servant hearts who know how to work in a team environment, with a desire to reach and work with young people.

We seek those who want to grow deeper with Jesus and who have a heart for those who've never heard the Good News.

• ready & willing to get out and do evangelism/discipleship
• ready & willing to take someone along to mentor/train as they’re doing ministry.
• self-starters, who take initiative, set goals, plan their time well, get the job done (not needing constant supervision & "hand-holding")
• team-players, who work well with others
• ready & willing to learn German

Position specific requirements:
• compassion for refugees
• love for youth
• a great plus (but not necessary) would be any knowledge of Arabic or Farsi languages

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