In some respects, Easter is front and center in Germany, and in other ways it is invisible. From a historical perspective of acknowledging Germany’s Christian roots, Easter is honored. Public schools were closed the week before Easter and again this week. Businesses, and all retail stores were closed across the nation on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. For many, Easter in Germany is a two-week holiday – nothing wrong with that. The stark reality is that the vast majority of Germans have no spiritual connection to this, the most important Christian weekend of the year. Easter has become such a popular vacation time that many churches downsize services. Imagine churches in the USA and other nations cancelling services on Easter due to lack of interest.
The current condition of the state church in Germany is literally being demolished as many beautiful cathedrals are being converted into nightclubs, restaurants, recreational centers, and even Muslim mosques. These state run churches are being forced to close their doors and sell off their property.
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!
The Bible says that "God is love" and that "Love never fails"…NEVER!
Sadly, there was a time in my life when my drug addiction caused me to believe I was a piece of trash that no one could possibly love. A debilitating injury in my lower back during my teenage years led to some very poor decisions. I began using painkillers, which eventually led to stronger drugs. Sixteen years of my life were squandered with drug addiction. After much self-inflicted hurt, out of desperation I opened my heart to Jesus Christ. But even after becoming a Christian, I still felt entrapped by the physical limitations of the injury and my resulting broken identity.
It can be a tense moment when you approach a stranger at Boxhagener Platz in the edgy neighborhood of Friedrichshain, on Berlin’s east side. Boxhagener Platz, or "Boxi" as Berliner’s affectionately call it, is not an area known for having an abundance of sober minded Europeans, but that’s one of the reasons I love it so much. One can be guaranteed to run into a few folks who are visibly in need of Christ’s compassion.
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.