European Initiative recently mobilized an international team of 19 individuals from 5 different nations to bless the impoverished Gypsy population in Transylvania, Romania.
Bringing life to spiritually dying Europe requires some out of the box thinking. In 2012 European Initiative was privileged to engage in many creative forms of unconventional ministry. The Lord’s vision to reach His creation is simply astounding and it never ceases to amaze me how His ways are SO much greater than ours! 2013 is already shaping up to be a wild ride in Europe for European Initiative, as we look forward with expectancy to how His plans will unfold.
In January 2013, European Initiative will take more than 4,300 brand new pairs of shoes to six Gypsy villages in Romania! We will also give away hundreds of coats to children, teens and adults – clothing which is essential for their survival during the freezing winter months. PLEASE PRAY FOR US, AS THIS IS EI’S MOST EXTENSIVE OUTREACH IN ROMANIA TO DATE!
Immediately after hearing about the mission’s trip to Budapest and Berlin with European Initiative I knew I had to go! There wasn’t an overwhelming sense of excitement; it was more like a matter-of-fact resolve. In my mind it wasn’t “Maybe I’ll go,” it was “I must go!” For as long as I can remember I have been passionate about the continent of Europe. I knew that I would be stretched, never having done an evangelism outreach. To be honest, I felt completely unprepared to share the gospel…..but I knew God was calling me to step out of my comfort zone. I had hoped this unprepared feeling would change in the months leading up to our trip; it didn’t.
The bridge’s majestic spires ascend high above the surging waters of the Danube below. It is one of Europe’s most aesthetically beautiful bridges, and perhaps one of Europe’s greatest ironies. Budapest’s famed Szabadság Híd translated “Freedom Bridge” has sadly become a symbol of death. It is the most popular launching point for Hungarians to plunge to their death, leaving this life for a supposed “freedom” in eternity.
A Hungarian stunt man left his movie set and while walking through the city he came upon Széll Kálmán tér, the busiest square in Budapest. Wearing dark sunglasses and standing at a distance, he watched a group of Americans dance, laugh, and then proceed to do a thought-provoking drama.
A few years ago I didn’t know the difference between a flash mob and a flashlight. I do now! Recently a flash mob was instrumental in bringing a life-changing message to thousands of Europeans.
One of European Initiative’s core values is to bless the poor. It is in our hearts to begin each year helping some of the poorest of the poor in Europe. I have just returned from leading an 11-person team of Germans and Americans to Romania. Our goal was simple, yet direct: to show the love of Jesus Christ in word and in deed to the impoverished Gypsy people.