Marching for Jesus where Hitler once stood! Here’s a first-hand account from Entrust’s Rob and Sandy Shaffer in Vienna, Austria.
An estimated 18,000 people gathered at Heldenplatz in the heart of Vienna June 18, 2016, in the very place Hitler announced Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938. This time the crowds were gathered to lift up Jesus as savior and Lord, as myriads of banners proclaimed, “Jesus forgives,” “Jesus loves you,” “Jesus is the only ticket to heaven,” “Jesus gives peace and hope.”
The marchers included young and old, babies in strollers and carriers, people of every nation and color, Christians from many denominations, united in their desire to proclaim Jesus in this city, whose population today has become a melting pot of nationalities. Marching bands and groups of singers led us in song as we worshiped and walked the entire circle of the Ringstrasse surrounding Vienna’s Old City. The weather was perfect, warm with a light breeze; the mood was jubilant. We were encouraged as we encountered people we know from many other churches in Vienna, and to see the thousands of people from all over Austria who claim Jesus as savior.
The march concluded with a worship service at Heldenplatz (Heroes Plaza), where thousands sang songs of praise to our God, and many curious onlookers heard about Christ. Looking around at the crowd, we felt this was a taste of heaven, when all nations will lift their voices in praise to our God and savior.