Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is education really ministry?
A. YES! Education opens doors that you wouldn't believe. Parents are passionate about their kids and will do whatever they can to make their children successful. By being an affordable, quality, "American" style school and the best school they can send their children to, VCS can draw in people who would normally never set foot into the door of a church because VCS is the best school they can send their kids to. This provides the opportunity for us to share the Lord with students who may have never been given this chance. In our classes alone there are 11 different countries represented within each class. It is amazing that God leads so many different countries to our school!
Q. What kind of ministries are the missionary parents doing?
A. You name it they're doing it…Pastors, evangelists, church planters, pastoral training, Bible/Christian resource translation, refugee outreach, music ministry, Christian radio, etc. They're ministering all over Austria and all over Europe, even into the Middle East and North Africa.
Q. Why must you raise support if students are paying tuition?
A. One of the primary purposes for VCS's existence is to be a support to the missionary community in and around Vienna. If the school paid a salary to the staff they would have to pay 140% of that amount in taxes to the government (10,000 becomes 24,000). That combined cost would push tuition costs way beyond what the missionaries could afford. Even amongst the non-missionary community VCS reaches out to those that don't have a lot of money. Many, many students come from families that can't afford the other English speaking schools. They come to the school because it is affordable and it is in English. While at VCS they hear the Gospel, see our lives, and hopefully come to know the Lord.
Q. How long is your commitment to Vienna Christian School?
A. Carrie and I will be serving at VCS for at least another two years.
Q. When will you be back?
A. We will return to beautiful Colorado during the summers to visit families and friends and to reconnect with donors.
Q. Can I contribute with an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)?
A. Yes, let us know if you are interested in receiving an EFT form. We can email one to you or you can print one off of our documents link on this site.
Q. Where do I send my gift?
A. To designate contributions for Amanda please write #2977 on the memo line.
To designate contributions for Carrie please write #2976 on the memo line.
Contributions should be sent to:
PO Box 4528
Wheaton, IL 60189
Q. What happens if I lose my commitment card?
A. If you need another commitment card let us know and we can get one for you. There are multiple options. We can mail or email one to you. You can also print on off of this website by clicking on the documents tab and then commitment card.