Europe


Haus Edelweiss in Vienna, Austria

The TCM International Institute (TCMII), better known to our church as Haus Edelweiss, is the only accredited university in the U.S. that has no campus here. TCMII trains pastors from eastern Europe and central Asia and provides short-term international mission experience for people from the United States.

TCMII students do most of their assigned studies in their home country, and come to Haus Edelweiss for scheduled two-week periods during the year. Many of them live in poor conditions in countries where being a Christian is dangerous. When they visit TCMII, they have a bit of a respite from lives that are hard. Teams of short-term Christian volunteers from the U.S. cook and clean for them so that they can devote themselves to study. During breaks and meals, the volunteers have an opportunity to get to know each other. The volunteers and students eat meals together, and somehow, the multitude of languages is not a barrier. 

Over the years, we have worked closely with TCM, the U.S. partner of TCMII, as
well as helping at Haus Edelweiss. We provided the money to build the library at Haus Edelweiss, and we send teams of short-term volunteer workers to help during teaching sessions. One of our couples, Joe and Linda Kirk, travel to Vienna to work for longer periods, and their son and his wife are full-time employees there. One of our pastors, Jim Buckley, is an adjunct professor at TCMII. Needless to say, we feel strongly about the work that is being done there.

If you are interested in being on a Haus Edelweiss mission team, please contact our church office.