About Us

Beginnings

In October 2006, God sovereignly spoke to Jeff and Barbara Serio to establish a ministry that would mirror one of the greatest acts of kindness and redemption in history: the Berlin Airlift. In 1948, British and American pilots flew food, water, and other essential supplies into West Berlin, which had been blockaded by the Soviet Union. The relentless delivery of supplies freed the West Berliners from the Soviet blockade.

God revealed to the Serios He was desiring to enact a “spiritual” airlift where teams of Christians would airlift spiritual food and water to Europe. Burdened by the spiritual condition of Europe and with this newfound vision alive in their hearts, the Serios moved to Berlin, Germany, and in August 2007, European Initiative’s first base of operations was established. Since that day, EI has mobilized thousands of Christians to Europe on short-term mission trips. Europeans have heard the Gospel and countless lives have been impacted for the kingdom of God.

Vision & Mission

European Initiative exists to ignite a spiritual awakening in Europe. EI mobilizes teams of Christians to partner with European churches and ministries on a variety of short-term mission trips. We serve as a spiritual bridge between continents, and facilitate trips that thrust believers from around the world to the spiritual frontlines of Europe. EI teams focus on one or more of our 5 initiatives: evangelism, compassion, equipping the church, prayer & worship, and blessing the Jewish people. We believe that as the Body of Christ unites and the Gospel is shared from city to city, a spiritual awakening will take place.

Vision & Mission

European Initiative exists to ignite a spiritual awakening in Europe. EI mobilizes teams of Christians to partner with European churches and ministries on a variety of short-term mission trips. We serve as a spiritual bridge between continents, and facilitate trips that thrust believers from around the world to the spiritual frontlines of Europe. EI teams focus on one or more of our 5 initiatives: evangelism, compassion, equipping the church, prayer & worship, and blessing the Jewish people. We believe that as the Body of Christ unites and the Gospel is shared from city to city, a spiritual awakening will take place.

Europe

Europe is in a spiritual crisis. It is one of the spiritually darkest continents of our time and one of the least evangelized in the world. Currently, less than 2.5% of Europeans are evangelical Christian source: Operation World. Atheism, agnosticism, secularism, and Islam are on the rise. Within Europe there are villages without a single life-giving church. Thousands have never even seen or held a Bible. Millions will spend eternity apart from God unless the Gospel reaches them. While many want nothing to do with “religion”, they are open to having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

We have great hope for Europe. Jesus is alive and is relentless and passionate in His pursuit of Europeans. EI teams partner with a small, but mighty remnant of European believers who are bravely contending for revival in their cities and nations. As more laborers go into these unreached but ripened fields, we believe Europe will be saved.

Beliefs

We Believe
…that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, divinely inspired and absolute truth. It is the supreme authority in all matters on which it speaks.
…that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
…that Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God, possessing all the attributes of Deity. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, provided a one-time sacrifice for the sins of all mankind through His atoning death, was bodily resurrected, ascended into heaven to the right hand of the Father and will return in power and glory.
…that the Holy Spirit empowers believers today to be conformed to the image of Christ, evidenced by His fruit, gifts, and a holy life. The Holy Spirit’s work of healings and other miracles continues today as they did with the first century believers.
…that Salvation is by grace through faith in the finished work Jesus Christ on the cross alone. This free gift is received by recognizing that our human nature is corrupted by sin and by opening our heart to Jesus and making Him our Lord. All who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior can have full assurance that they are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life. All who reject Him, will suffer the consequence of judgement for their sins and will be separated from God for eternity.
…that the Church is the global body and bride of Christ, united through one Spirit, one Lord, one faith. It’s commission is to make Him known to the world.
…that followers of Jesus are called to evangelize and disciple those yet to believe. They are called to proclaim Jesus with the fruit of their lives and with words to a lost world, to win as many as possible!

Beliefs

We Believe
…that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, divinely inspired and absolute truth. It is the supreme authority in all matters on which it speaks.
…that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
…that Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God, possessing all the attributes of Deity. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, provided a one-time sacrifice for the sins of all mankind through His atoning death, was bodily resurrected, ascended into heaven to the right hand of the Father and will return in power and glory.
…that the Holy Spirit empowers believers today to be conformed to the image of Christ, evidenced by His fruit, gifts, and a holy life. The Holy Spirit’s work of healings and other miracles continues today as they did with the first century believers.
…that Salvation is by grace through faith in the finished work Jesus Christ on the cross alone. This free gift is received by recognizing that our human nature is corrupted by sin and by opening our heart to Jesus and making Him our Lord. All who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior can have full assurance that they are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life. All who reject Him, will suffer the consequence of judgement for their sins and will be separated from God for eternity.
…that the Church is the global body and bride of Christ, united through one Spirit, one Lord, one faith. It’s commission is to make Him known to the world.
…that followers of Jesus are called to evangelize and disciple those yet to believe. They are called to proclaim Jesus with the fruit of their lives and with words to a lost world, to win as many as possible!