Experiencing the perseverance of Eastern Europe’s indigent people, causes me to be thankful in everything….
This is the question that Jeff Serio, Director of European Initiative asked a group of eager students one cloudy Wednesday morning in Berlin, Germany. I was fortunate to intern this summer with EI, and Jeff's question was just one of many questions he posed to us this summer.
Our journey began by walking through fields of towering water reeds in northern Serbia, near the Hungarian border. The EI team consisted of six male students from Charis Bible College, a German videographer, a Serbian pastor, and me. We were led by a Muslim refugee we had met just minutes before.
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.
The past couple of weeks have been a fast and furious sprint for all of us here at European Initiative. With the help of Northern Hills Church based out of Colorado, we recently impacted hundreds of lost university students in Berlin, Germany. Immediately following their team, EI hosted a group from Valley Creek Church in Flower Mound, Texas, who shared the gospel in Budapest, Hungary and Berlin. In the span of Valley Creek Church’s ten-day trip, 30 Europeans made decisions to follow Jesus! It moves me greatly to see our spiritual airlift bustling with activity…..we simply could not do this without our willing American partners.
I am writing with an urgent prayer request. Germany, and specifically Berlin, has been under a high terrorist alert. Fox News, CNN and Germany’s Der Spiegel (English) homepages reported last week that 2 members of an Al Qaeda cell are in Berlin and that an attack is imminent. Please read the following links for more info:
European Initiative asks that our friends and readers of this web site pray for the people of Poland, and the family members who lost loved ones in the terrible crash of the presidential plane on April 10th.
Speaking for everyone at EI, our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of Haiti, who have endured incredible suffering resulting from the recent earthquake. Our prayer is that those who mourn would be comforted (Matt 5:4). May the God of all comfort, heal the thousands of broken hearts fighting for survival across Haiti.