Racing with Intensity
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.
A couple of months ago I was in London to meet with British leaders who are coordinating extensive outreaches for the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games. From late July through August, millions will be gathering in London for the games. EI will be partnering with YWAM England and a UK sports evangelization ministry, More Than Gold, to reach Olympic visitors with Christ’s love. Due to the sheer number of people who will be in London during this time, the City Council and Police Department have actually asked the Christian community to provide logistical help, such as greeting visitors arriving at trains stations, airports, etc. City officials have also granted permission to UK ministries and partners such as EI, to conduct outreaches throughout the greater London area! How amazing is that?!!
We do not go to London unaware of the risks. Just last week a planned terrorist attack on the Olympics was uncovered and six individuals were arrested. These attacks are evidence to me that evil is at work in this world and it is threatening Europe. Please pray for our safety as we go to England for the Olympic outreaches.
When I think about the current spiritual state of the United Kingdom, I can’t help but be filled with hope for the upcoming Olympic outreaches. England, like most of Europe, is sadly in a state of spiritual decline. While I believe there are many reasons for this decline, one striking problem has been the militant atheistic philosophy that is sweeping across the United Kingdom. A recent Wall Street Journal column written by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, sums up this new militant atheism:
“Britain today has become one of the most godless societies on earth. Its principle religious exports today are thinkers who despise religion. From Richard Dawkins, who has compared religion to child abuse, to my friend Christopher Hitchens, who titled his 2007 book "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," the British have cornered the market on being anti-God, at least the Christian and Jewish varieties.”
Boteach goes on to say, “The UK’s churches are empty enough to land jumbo jets inside.”
A spiritual collapse in Europe must be averted and it can be through God’s bountiful mercy! European Initiative is partnering alongside national churches and ministries in England and other nations to go on the offensive for this lost continent. This is why we are mobilizing a team from Global Spheres/Glory of Zion to be champions of the faith during the Olympics. Its members come from Georgia, Tennessee and Texas! From August 3rd-13th we will be engaging in many different types of evangelism to reach the nations in England. We continue to run the race with intensity….Lives are hanging in the balance!
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one receives a prize. So run in such a way that you might win!”- 1 Corinthians 9:24
Please join with us and pray that the 2012 London Olympic Games will be a catalyst for the next great move of God in Europe!