Austria is known for its culture and music the world over. At the heart of Europe, its stunning scenery draws in large numbers of tourists, yet this beautiful country is spiritually empty. While the Catholic Church is in rapid decline, few look elsewhere for spiritual peace. Evangelicals total just over 40,000 people.
GBM has been involved in Austria for over thirty years. For much of this time we were supporting church planters. For over twenty years we have had an involvement in ministry to the Deaf. Jean Ellis retired as a GBM missionary in 2019, but continues to be involved in the work among the Deaf. There is a massive need for evangelism and church-planting in Austria.
How can you pray for Austria?
- For the continued progress of the work among the deaf community.
- For new church-planters to come forward for service who can partner with Austrian nationals in planting authentically Austrian churches.
- For the growth of student ministry in Austria.
Opportunities to serve in Austria
- Church planting
- Ministry to the Deaf
- Student outreach
- Training leaders
GBM stories from Austria
Austria – key facts
- Population 8.8 million (July 2018 est.)
- Population Growth 0.42% (2018 est.)
- Ethnicity Austrian 80.8%, German 2.6%, Bosnian and Herzegovinian 1.9%, Turkish 1.8%, Serbian 1.6%, Romanian 1.3%, other 10% (2018 est.)
- Language German (official nationwide) 88.6%, Turkish 2.3%, Serbian 2.2%, Croatian (official in Burgenland) 1.6%, other (includes Slovene, official in southern Carinthia, and Hungarian, official in Burgenland) 5.3% (2001 est.)
- Religion Catholic 57%, Eastern Orthodox 8.7%, Muslim 7.9%, Evangelical Christian 3.3%, other/none/unspecified 23.1% (2018 est.)
(Data from the CIA World Factbook, August 2020)