Since he was a young child, Dave wanted to be a missionary. In 1988, on a short-term trip to Austria, he was convinced that God wanted him to serve there long-term. After graduating Northwestern College and serving as a youth pastor in Brooklyn Park, Dave headed to Innsbruck with the EFCA in 1997. Cathrin, an Austrian girl on teaching mission in Africa that year, became convinced that God wanted her to return to Innsbruck to help reach her fellow Austrians. Dave and Cathrin became close & got married, while working together with the youth group in Innsbruck. Since then, the Osterhuses have served, leading the ReachGlobal Innsbruck team on it's mission of "Mobilizing Austrian Youth for Jesus"
Ministry highlights from 2016:
God gave us a great home assignment in MN!
God used our team to plan & lead 4 weeks of outreach English camps!
God provided Claudia to head up the Lighthouse tutoring ministry and He provided funding to employ her!
God filled the Lighthouse Youth Center with unreached youth!
God used us to start up the Young Leaders Training program with over 20 youth/young adults!
God used Cathrin & Alyssa to mobilize a couple young women to start and lead the "Connect" women's ministry!
God used Cathrin to mobilize and lead the children's ministry team!
God used Dave & Seth to bring some Lighthouse kids to youth group, English Camp and other outreach events!
God used our team to disciple, coach and mentor young leaders!
God used our team to mobilize a team to plan & lead very effective Tiroler Youth Retreats!
God motivated Jakob & Jana to begin reading their Bibles & devotionals and seek the Lord more!
We really appreciate the Log Church standing with us to reach & mobilize Austrians for Jesus!
For Dave (& now the whole fam) Crosslake is “da lake up nort’” that has been like a second home for decades!
May the Lord continue to bless you all and bless many through you!