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State of Missions in Europe

Missions in EuropeEurope continues to be one of the most difficult areas for ministry in the OC world. There are church buildings everywhere. Most stand nearly empty. More than 70 percent of the population continues to consider themselves Christian. But the European evangelical community, particularly in Western Europe, represents less than 3 percent of the population. However, God is still on the move in missions in Europe!

Recently, leaders of One Challenge’s European teams met in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the advancement of the gospel and how the Lord is using his people there.

Team Highlights of Missions in Europe

Dick G, One Challenge Vice President of Fields shares these highlights of a variety of mission projects in Europe:

  • One of our teams has established one of the first pro-life centers in Eastern Europe. Many women have been counseled, resulting in babies who would have been aborted being carried to full term.
  • Latin American countries are actively sending mission workers “Back to Europe.” Our OC Global Alliance Latin American sending agencies have taken the lead in opening ministries in Portugal, Spain, Italy, and France.
  • Missions in Europe

  • We were able to spend the afternoon with an Austrian ministry partner of an OC-U.K. worker who lives in Vienna. They have been very active in developing houses of prayer in this region. Greater unity throughout the body of Christ in this area has been one of the tangible fruits of this ministry.
  • A Brazilian co-worker had his call to join our team in Romania through his 2-year-old son who brought an advertisement for a U.S. television program (called “The O.C.”) to his desk and said, “Daddy, this is for you!”
  • Several shared about the growing commitment of European youth to prayer, unity, and the formation of multiplying communities of faith, which are taking a wide variety of non-traditional forms.
  • Mission worker training, mobilization, and member care for European workers is a priority for many of our European-based personnel.
  • One European ministry working primarily with Farsi speakers (Iran and Afghanistan) is reporting an average of 20 new believers each month. A counselor sleeps with his phone by his bed so that he can be available to answer questions 24/7.

Prayer

  • Despite these encouragements, the majority of Europe still needs the gospel. Pray for a revival throughout the continent.
  • Pray for Laura, One Challenge’s new Europe Area Director, as she seeks to guide and encourage OC’s workers there.
  • One Challenge’s teams in Europe are very small, some just one family. Pray for more harvesters to join the missions effort in Europe.

Partnering & Bridge Building
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We serve, equip, and connect the body of Christ to advance God’s kingdom among all people. We engage in strategic partnerships out of a conviction that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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